Multi-photographs panel of film stills by John Waters

John Waters

John Waters is an American artist best known for his satirical and raunchy movies. Also a visual artist, Waters’ photography, sculpture, and installations pieces humorously recontextualize art and popular culture. Born on April 22, 1946 in Baltimore, MD, Waters briefly attended NYU for film but was kicked out for what he claims was the “first ever marijuana scandal on a university campus.” Waters then returned to Baltimore in 1966 where he began collaborating on films with his longtime friend and muse Glenn Milstead, also known as Divine.

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John Waters on the art of shocking audiences, PBS, 2018

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Solo Museum Exhibition

“John Waters: Pope of Trash”
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Los Angeles, CA

September 17, 2023 – August 4, 2024

The first comprehensive exhibition dedicated to John Waters’ moviemaking, exploring his process, themes, and unmatched style.

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