The University of Iowa University of Iowa

Gertrude Stein

one of the most erudite and fascinating artists

of the period. She spent much time with us, the

NO Artists such as boris Lurie and Sam Goodman

for discussions, arguments and good fellowship.


Gerard Perna

In 1972, when I was a college student at NYU, I attended the avant garde festival which that year was on the Alexander Hamilton ferry at the South Street Seaport. In one of the rooms on board was Lil Picard seated surrounded by magazines and markers and pages from the magazines with drawings on them tacked onto the walls - we were invited into the room to sit and then she ripped a page from a magazine, for mine Newsweek, on which she quickly drew a portrait of me with the markers including my McGovern button in her sketch of me, noting on the page "Portrait of Gerard by Lil Picard 1972" - it was a neat encounter with an artist and I still have my "portrait" -

Silviana Goldsmith

When asked to describe Picard, independent filmmaker Silviana Goldsmith, who worked closely with Lil Picard on the films “Art is a Party and the Party is Art,” and “Lil Picard” wrote

“She was no sweet little old lady stereotype, but outrageous, scathing. She told it like it was, unflattering though it may have been: about herself, the art world, and "making it" as a woman in a man's world at the time. Working with her was also like a collage. She would offhandedly hand me a pile of material to be sorted, little tape cassettes in lieu of doing interviews, or tapes that she said were "happenings" or "performances" as they came to be called. Lil's life in many ways is a role model for aging, of not going gently into the good night, of living intensely, productively, of rebelling against stereotypes, of celebrating freedom in relationships, claiming one’s sexuality, as well as self-realization.”

Brien Coleman

I first met Lil in 1977 through a mutual friend, and we immediately connected like kindred spirits do, despite our age differences. She was nearly 80 then and I was 25. I had just moved to a place on Tenth Street, where many of her friends had had studios and galleries many years before.

I began writing for the East Village Eye which took off nearly a decade after the East Village Other folded.

Lil and I could chat for hours and I was only too happy to squire her around to various openings at the Guggenheim, the Whitney, etc. and many galleries and film screenings. She was a great comrade and inspiration.


The downtown art scene was just re-exploding at that time, much like it had in the 60's. Lil took a great interest in this and we would often go to some of the clubs where I did installations and organized theme parties. She never felt out of place.


Lil was very much ahead of her time, and her writing was always crisp, insightful and fresh.


We stayed in daily contact until her passing.