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Lil Picard with Hannah Wilke and Geoff Hendricks during Lil’s 75th birthday party at Rene Block Gallery in New York, Nov. 9, 1976
Photo by Eeva-Inkeri
Lil Picard Papers, University of Iowa Libraries
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by Elisabeth Kley

"My life is like a Christmas stocking filled with glittering things," said the irrepressible New York artist Lil Picard (1899-1994), who certainly did know how to shine. A Phyllis Diller vision in white feathers (a la Terence Koh), she cavorted in wigs and sunglasses at her 75th birthday party in 1974, dancing with Hannah Wilke, Carolee Schneemann and others half her age. "I was always very good looking," she later recollected, "but I didn’t want to go to Cartier’s and get a diamond like Zsa Zsa Gabor. I wanted a career."