Bye bye pop-up weddings. Hello Liberace!
The site where something suddenly pops up at the Cosmopolitan is expected to welcome “Too Much of a Good Thing Is Wonderful: Liberace and the Art of Costume” Nov. 25 through Jan. 2, 2014. The exhibition will fill the space of the former Pop-Up Wedding Chapel, which closed its doors at midnight last night.
According to management at the Cosmopolitan, the hotel is partnering with the Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to present this six-week exhibition, which celebrates all aspects of the artistry and craftsmanship of Liberace’s costumes and more. The exhibit will include some of Liberace’s belongings including a rhinestone piano, Liberace’s Rhinestone Roadster, a curated costume collection, European candelabras and video clips of his performances.
The exhibition is curated by Deirdre Clemente, Ph.D., assistant professor of history and associate director of the public history program at UNLV.
A famous entertainer and pianist, Liberace was known for his extravagant wardrobe and matching ornamented pianos. From the 1950s to the 1970s, Liberace was the highest-paid entertainer in the world. In 1955 he opened the Las Vegas Riviera Hotel and Casino and earned $50,000 per week.
Liberace opened a museum, The Liberace Museum, in April 1979. The Liberace Museum operated in Las Vegas for 30 years, but closed its doors in October 2010 due to the poor economy and decline in visitors.
The museum was the key source of funding for the Liberace Foundation, which he created in 1976 to benefit college students studying in the performing and creative arts. When Liberace passed away in February 1987 he left the majority of his estate to the foundation.