From burlesque dancer to painter to author to prison inmate, the late Liz Renay did it all. How to Attract Men displays the life and times of the former pinup queen—who once won a nationwide Marilyn Monroe look-alike contest sponsored by Twentieth Century Fox—and actress who completed many of her paintings while at Terminal Island women’s prison (her mob connection got her three years for perjury). During the end of her sentence, Renay allegedly wanted to prolong her stay so she could finish a mural she did in the prison’s chapel. The exhibition, which is also presented by the Burlesque Hall of Fame, features 25 paintings, collages, costumes, and artifacts.
Jan. 21-31, 2009
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 7, 2009