In the "banquet years" of the early sixties deep on the Lower East
Side of New York City
a legendary concrescence of genius occurred in the little circle
neighbors, friends and collaborators
Jack Smith, Tony Conrad, Angus Maclise and Piero Heliczer.
Like a fire in a flowerpot, theirs was a firmament with its own mad
Piero Heliczer has until now been the most diffident, delicate and
of the four. Curators Jonas Mekas and Johan Kugelberg at the Boo-
265 Canal St. 6th Floor in NYC, have generously set forth a place
where we can assemble
a portrait from many of the extraordinary puzzle pieces Piero left for
us to ponder.
Of the 17 Underground films Heliczer made, most are lost, only a third
remains in circulation.
Piero was primarily poet to Jack Smith's 'pataphysician.
The work and words of The Dead Language Press he founded
( the rarest of antiquarian grail )
are what we have here to learn from.
Within the walls of this important gallery wonder blossoms
and like a lost angel, Piero has through these fragments
found his way home.
This is his unforgettable voice:
Open every day until March 14th, Boo-Hooray is here:
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