WRITER: HANVEY HSIUNG
CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Jan. 10, 1999
Exhibition by 'grandmother of the hippies,' Lil Picard,
will be at UI Museum of Art
IOWA CITY, IA -- "Lil Picard," an exhibition of works
by the late artist known as the "Gertrude Stein of the New York Art Scene,"
will be on display through March 5 in the North River Gallery of the University
of Iowa Museum of Art.
The museum and the UI Libraries have jointly become
the official repository for her estate.
As a visual and intermedia artist, Picard is perhaps
best known for her feminist performance events and her assemblages, or "cosmetic
Known also as the "muse of the American avant-garde"
and the "grandmother of the hippies," Picard, a native of Germany, traveled
in the Berlin dada circles before escaping the national socialist government
with her husband and immigrating to the United States in 1936. In the late
1950s and '60s, she was a member of the NO! art collective, as well as a friend
and collaborator to many artists associated with North American Pop Art.
From 1955 through 1981 Picard had 15 solo exhibitions
of paintings, sculptures, watercolors and drawings, collages and assemblages
in the United States and West Germany. In addition, her work was included
in more than 40 group shows, most notably the two-part landmark exhibition
"New Forms -- New Media" at the Martha Jackson Gallery in New York and "12
Evenings of Manipulations" at the Judson Gallery (1960). She later became
an activist affiliated with the art-based anti-Vietnam War movement in New
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UI arts events at http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr.
The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive
in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon
to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in
UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive and just north of