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LIL PICARD AND COUNTERCULTURE NEW YORK | By Valery Oisteanu | New York 2010 | Lil Picard was an unusual hybrid of the European and American avant-garde, combining the urban sophistication of a Berlin intellectual of the 1920s and 30s with the American bohemianism of the 1950s and the rising feminist art of the 60s. Her critical writing illuminated a cultural bridge between the artists of America and Germany and helped nurture their respective audiences. But she was also an accomplished artist in her own right, of the happening/performance persuasion, as well as a poet exploring the underground of experimental art. |  read more

LIL PICARD: MOTHER DADA | By John Perreault | New York 2010 |  If you wrote a novel or a play or a jazz opera about Lil Picard (1899-1994), who would believe it? She would pop up in various places in the 20th century, wearing  different wigs. Very Brechtian, with music by Kurt Weill. If there were a movie, who would star? She herself had a brief appearance in E.A. Dupont’s Variety (1925). A cabaret performer during the Weimer Republic, she knew the Dadaists George Grosz, Hugo Ball, and Richard Heulsenbeck, who were antiestablishment and, unlike the Futurists, antiwar. When she became a journalist, her first article was “The Jazz of Life.” She finally left Nazi Germany in 1936. |  read more

A PEEK INTO NEW YORK COUNTERCULTURE VIA LIL PICARD | By Meghan Centers | Iowa 2011 | Review by Meghan Centers | Only in America—or should we say, only in New York City in the ’60s and ’70s, in the hot spot of the world of art—could a refugee German Jewish cabaret performer, born Lilli Elisabeth Benedick in 1899, reinvent herself as Lil Picard…artist, feminist, and activist. The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) opens the spring semester with the on-campus exhibition, Lil Picard and Counterculture New York, on view Feb. 24 through May 27 in the Iowa Memorial Union’s Black Box Theater. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, contains more than 70 original works and recreates Picard’s audio and video installations. |  read more

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