September 17, 2023 – August 4, 2024

John Waters:
Pope of Trash

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

  • John Waters Exh Photo Chapel
  • John Water's Hairspray
Exhibition Catalogue

Explore the book

John Waters: Pope of Trash presents costumes, props, handwritten scripts, concept drawings, correspondence, promotional gimmicks, production photography, and other original materials from all his features and shorts. Spotlighting many of his longtime collaborators, the book also has a new interview with Waters as well as texts by curators Jenny He and Dara Jaffe, film historian Jeanine Basinger, film critic and cultural theorist B. Ruby Rich, and author-writer-producer David Simon.

Style yourself as John Waters or a character from his films!

AR Face Filters

Using "selfie" face filters, this experience allows you to see yourself in John Waters character-style hairdos, accessories, facial hair, and makeup. The web application will open a selfie or front-facing camera on your personal device where you can choose from five characters to transform into. Then, you can save your photos to share your experience.

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