Trash is coming to the the Academy Awards Museum, located at 6067 Wilshire Blvd. The motion pictures museum dedicated to the art and science of movies will feature an installation called John Waters: Pope of Trash, dedicated to the writer-director-producer-cinematographer-editor-actor, as well as accomplished visual artist and author.
Novelist William S. Burroughs anointed Waters as the “Pope of Trash” crediting him for his daring dismissal of social norms and the status quo. Waters has been celebrated and adored by audiences for more than 50 years. His transgressive approach has spawned paragons of cinematic originality—movies that revel in irreverence, laugh-out-loud humor, and heart, such as Pink Flamingos (1972), Female Trouble (1974), Desperate Living (1977), Hairspray (1988), Serial Mom (1994), and A Dirty Shame (2004). This exhibition reveals the nuances of independent filmmaking and the ways in which Waters’s movies have redefined the possibilities of independent cinema.
A statement by The Academy of Motion Pictures announces the the exhibit “John Waters: Pope of Trash” will open on September 17, 2023 and run until August 4, 2024.
The Baltimore native will also get a star with his name on it on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Waters was selected by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to be inducted this year, which will coincide with the exhibit.
John Waters: Pope of Trash is organized by Exhibitions Curator Jenny He and Associate Curator Dara Jaffe, with the support of Curatorial Assistant Esme Douglas and Research Assistants Manouchka Kelly Labouba and Emily Rauber Rodriguez.
It will near the Warner Bros gallery which features a media installation surveying works from the American avant-garde and New Queer Cinema.
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