The first overview of the work of The Velvet Underground's original drummer Angus MacLise takes place in New York in May. The starting point for the exhibition is a suitcase of work left with La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela 30 years ago, which contained artwork, writings, and over 100 hours of recordings. The opening party is on 10 May at 521 W23rd Street, where the exhibition features manuscripts, calligraphy, ephemera, photography, memorabilia, posters and handbills. A sound piece will be installed at 265 Canal Street Suite 601, and films will be shown at the Anthology Film Archives on 12 May at 8pm.
MacLise worked with Fluxus, Theatre of the Ridiculous and Jack Smith, and established the Dead Language Press and the Bardo Matrix/Dreamweapon Press with Ira Cohen. He was also a member of La Monte Young's Theater Of Eternal Music, and played with The Velvet Underground in 1965 (although never recorded with the band). MacLise died from hypoglycemia in Kathmandu in 1979, and was cremated on a Tibetan Buddhist funeral pyre.
Two LPs are released on the Boo-Hooray imprint and will be sold at the opening party. More info at the Boo-Hooray site. Intro video below: