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Camp Tales: The Art of Arnold Fern and Marc Lida

Posted Mar 04 2007 12:00am

Fern Lida
L: "Untitled," 1990. Arnold Fern.
oil on canvas, 18" x 16"
Courtesy of the Estate of Arnold Fern

R: "Freud Series: The Wolf Man I," 1985. Marc Lida
watercolor on paper, 22" x 30"
Courtesy of the Estate of Marc Lida

March 2007

Camp Tales: The Art of Arnold Fern and Marc Lida
curated by Jonathan Weinberg


Every month, Visual AIDS invites guest curators, drawn from both the arts and AIDS communities, to select several works from the Frank Moore Archive Project. For March, Jonathan Weinberg curates a very special exhibition featuring the work of two Archive Members,  Arnold Fern and Marc Lida.

From the Curator's Statement:

I have decided to focus on just two artists whose paintings are represented in the Frank Moore Archive Project: Arnold Fern and Marc Lida. Both were close friends whose life and art had a profound impact on my life. We all met in 1972 when we were teenagers at Buck's Rock, a visual and performing arts summer camp in New Milford, Connecticut. Marc and I were bunkmates and quickly became best friends for life. Arnold was a few years older and was one of the counselors who taught painting. Not yet twenty years old, he had the courage to dress in the heat of the summer, not in the camper's obligatory shorts and t-shirt, but in a kimono. Even more daringly, he insisted on applying gold nail polish to his toes and to the nails of any boy who was willing to risk aspersions to his masculinity. In this way we unconsciously learned from Fern the power of painting to transform the basest material and make it wondrous... 

The Curator:
Jonathan Weinberg, Ph.D. is a painter and art historian. He is the author of several books including Ambition and Love in Modern American Art and Male Desire: The Homoerotic in American Art. You can see his paintings at

Current and past Web Gallery exhibitions can be viewed at:

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