GOTHAM ART & THEATER
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."