Dreamweapon: The Art and Life of Angus MacLise

“Angus was a dream percussionist. A dream person.” — Lou Reed

The Art and Life of Angus MacLise (1938 – 1979)
May 10 – May 29, 2011
curated by Johan Kugelberg and Will Swofford Cameron

This is the first overview of the lifework of a major American 20th century artistic polyglot.

Angus MacLise was an American artist, poet, percussionist, and composer active in New York, San Francisco, Paris, London and Kathmandu from the 1950’s through the 1970’s. Best known as the original drummer of the Velvet Underground, MacLise’s lifework included music, calligraphy, performance art, poetry, drawings, plays, and limited edition artist’s books.

A suitcase of Angus MacLise’s artwork, publications, and manuscript as well as more than 100 hours of recorded music was left with La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela for safe-keeping thirty years ago. This extraordinary time-vault is the foundation of the exhibition, with additional materials drawn from private previously unseen collections and archives.
Opening Party, May 10th
6pm to 9pm at 521 W23rd Street

Art Exhibition – May 10 – May 29
521 W 23rd Street, New York

Sound Installation
265 Canal Street, Suite 601, New York

Film Night at the Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue, New York, May 12th at 8 PM.

The 521 West 23rd Street exhibition features manuscript, calligraphy, ephemera, photography, artwork, memorabilia, posters and handbills illuminating MacLise’s multi-faceted career through a narrative of original artifacts.

The 265 Canal Street Suite 601 sound installation, the premiere exhibition at Boo-Hooray’s new Chinatown space, features previously unheard recordings from the 1960’s and 1970’s featuring Angus MacLise performing alongside notables such as: Tony Conrad, La Monte Young, John Cale, Billy Name, Terry Riley, William Breeze, Piero Heliczer, Jack Smith, Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker among others. Each day one may experience a unique set of curated programs of MacLise’s music. Every day is different.

The exhibits are open every day from 11am – 6pm, with the curators hosting Walks and Talks at the 521 West 23rd Street location on Saturday May 14th at 3pm & Saturday May 21st at 3pm

For more information contact Michael Daley / michael@boo-hooray.com

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