The Art of the Counterculture: Talk Featuring Collection on Lil Picard


For a personal excursion into the art of the counterculture of the 1960s and ’70s, join WorldCanvass at 5:00 p.m. on January 28 in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. Among other guests of the show, the head of Special Collections & University Archives Sid Huttner will talk about the life and work of 20th century feminist artist and critic Lil Picard.  Picard was born in Germany in 1899 and worked as a cabaret actress, accessories designer and journalist in the avant-garde art scene of 1930s Berlin before leaving Germany for the U.S. in 1937.  For the next six decades she led a rich life working both as a journalist and as an artist in New York City, moving in the circle of Andy Warhol, Carolee Schneemann, Ad Reinhardt and their contemporaries.  The works in Picard’s estate, as well as personal letters, diaries, and photographs, were given to the UI in 1999 and they form the basis of the UI Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibit “Lil Picard and Counterculture New York.”  The collection and exhibit curators will give us a peek at the energy, experimentation and iconoclasm represented in the show.

For more on the Papers of Lil Picard, red our online finding aid:

Leaving No Stone Unturned: Professor’s Papers Provide Look Into 20th Century Broadcast Journalism

We are pleased to announce that the papers of Vernon Stone are now available and accessible through a finding aid. Stone served for 22 years as the research director for the Radio and Television News Directors Association, in which capacity he took innumerable surveys dealing with many facets of the news business, including women and minorities in the newsroom, electronic newsgathering, stress on the job, and careers in the news business, among many other topics.

Vernon Stone testifying on behalf of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication before the Senate Commerce Committee on the Freedom of Expression Act, January 30, 1984.

He also served on the faculties of four different universities and prepared copious notes for his lectures, which are a part of the collection. He wrote many articles on the news business based on his surveys and these form part of the collection, along with the wide-ranging research he did on his topics.

Vernon Stone with scholarship winners, Southern Illinois University, September 13, 1978


Stone was an avid researcher who collected extensively in the area of media, and this collection represents a rich source of research brought together on many topics. The clippings especially represent a collocation of materials useful to the researcher interested in broadcast media in the last half of the twentieth century.

For more information, please read our online finding aid here: