Tonnesen's The Lavatory Reopening Friday Under New Name, New Management
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Tonnesen’s The Lavatory Reopening Friday Under New Name, New Management

Local artist and accused serial harasser Bill Tonnesen talking with former employee Marrioth Alfonso (center), the new manager of The Imaginarea, which opens Friday in the art space formerly known as The Lavatory. The Lavatory space is reopening on Friday, October 4, just a month after its co-owner was accused of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen women in the Phoenix art community. The museum will be rebranding as a collective art space called The Imaginarea, according to local photographer Mello Jello’s Instagram, and will be under new management by a former staffer, who said her old boss, Bill Tonnesen, will not be involved in the business in any way. However, Tonnesen, a local artist and landscape architect who was the subject of a recent Phoenix New Times investigation in which 15 women accused him of sexual harassment over the last decade, and his wife, Pilar, will continue to own the property, receiving rent payments for use of the space. “Pilar Tonnesen is our land lady only,” Marrioth Alfonso, the new manager, said in a statement sent via Instagram. "They own the building …. She and her husband are not involved in our business in any way. Zero […]

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