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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 destructions."

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 York.

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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 the museum.