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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
March 1 - 31, 2007
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Visual AIDS and The Body
present:

Camp Tales: The Art of Arnold Fern and Marc Lida
Curated by Jonathan Weinberg
Sam Orwen, Lovers, 1982
Spanking, 1989, by Marc Lida
Watercolor on paper, 14" x 23"
Courtesy of the Estate of Marc Lida

In the Curatorís 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...

b i o g r a p h y

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 www.jonathanweinberg.com.

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.

Founded in 1988 by arts professionals as a response to the effects of AIDS on the arts community and as a way of organizing artists, arts institutions, and arts audiences towards direct action, Visual AIDS has evolved into an arts organization with a two-pronged mission: 1) Through the Frank Moore Archive Project, the largest slide library of work by artists living with HIV and the estates of artists who have died of AIDS, Visual AIDS historicizes the contributions of visual artists with HIV while supporting their ability to continue making art and furthering their professional careers, 2) In collaboration with museums, galleries, artists, schools, and AIDS service organizations, Visual AIDS produces exhibitions, publications, and events utilizing visual art to spread the message “AIDS IS NOT OVER.”

The Body is now the most frequently visited HIV/AIDS-related site on the Web, according to the Medical Library Association and also the most frequently visited disease-specific site on the Web, according to Hot 100. The Body contains a rich collection of information on topics ranging from HIV prevention, state-of-the-art treatment issues, humor and art. An invaluable resource, The Body is used by clinicians, patients and the general public. Part of The Body's mission is to enable artistic expression to reach the Web, and to join art with other resources needed to help the public comprehend the enormity and devastation of the AIDS pandemic and to experience its human and spiritual dimensions.

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"My drawings are primarily meant for guys who may have experienced misunderstanding and oppression and feel that they have somehow failed in their lives. I want to encourage them. I want to encourage this minority group, to tell them not to give up, to think positively about their act and whole being." (1990) — Tom of Finland