WBL Visits John Waters at BMA

John Waters

divine in ecstacyA retrospective of filmmaker John Waters’ work comes to the Baltimore Museum of Art October 7, 2018 — January 6, 2019. On Saturday, October 27, William Blake Lodge will be taking a field trip to see the exhibit.

According to Visit Baltimore:

Waters’ renegade humor, deployed through his work, reveals the ways that mass media and celebrities embody cultural attitudes, moral codes, and shared tragedies. Exhibition highlights include a photographic installation in which Waters explores the auras and absurdities of famous films and a suite of photographs and sculpture that propose humor as a way to humanize dark moments in history from the Kennedy assassination to 9/11. Waters also appropriates and manipulates images of less-than sacred, low-brow cultural references—Elizabeth Taylor’s hairstyles, Justin Bieber’s preening poses, his own self-portraits—and pictures of individuals brought into the limelight through his films, including his counterculture muse, Divine. Other themes explored in the exhibition include the artist’s childhood and identity, a satirical consideration of the contemporary art world, and the transgressive power of images.

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