Liberace has returned to headline on the Las Vegas Strip, but only temporarily.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas hosts "Too Much of a Good Thing Is Wonderful: Liberace and the Art of Costume." The exhibit features extravagant costumes, elaborate candelabras, a rhinestone piano and a Rhinestone Roadster from the legendary Las Vegas entertainer Liberace.
The exhibit also displays short video clips of Liberace's performances. The exhibition is located in The Cosmopolitan’s pop-up space, located on the corner of the Las Vegas Strip off of the casino floor.
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 a decline in visitors.
The museum was the key source of funding for The Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts, 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.
The exhibition is free, but there are boxes available for donations to the Liberace Foundation. Donations will go to the Foundation's scholarship fund, which has awarded $3 million in scholarships since 1976. A final end date for the exhibit hasn't been announced.