John Waters: Pope of Trash

Sept 17 – Oct 28
John Water's Hairspray

Anointed the “Pope of Trash” by William S. Burroughs in 1986, DIY filmmaker, author, contemporary art collector, fashion icon, and self-proclaimed “filth elder” John Waters (b. 1946) is the very definition of a self-made American iconoclast. Inspired by showman William Castle, early exploitation producer Kroger Babb, and underground experimental filmmakers such as the Kuchar Brothers (George and Mike, featured in our Available Space series on Friday, September 22), Waters’s anti-establishment vision is crystal clear from his first 8mm short, Hag in a Black Leather Jacket (1964), to his most recent film, A Dirty Shame (2004). Serving as director and writer for each of his films—and as producer, cinematographer, and editor on his first eight—Waters never fails to push the boundaries of good taste and challenge traditional institutions with every artistic endeavor, including his much-anticipated annual Artforum top 10 lists and his one-man show, This Filthy World.  
The Academy Museum opens a first-of-its-kind exhibition, John Waters: Pope of Trash, on September 17, and presents this accompanying retrospective screening series, kicking off with an ultra-rare screening of Eat Your Makeup (1968) presented with live commentary from Waters, and Serial Mom (1994) on 35mm with John Waters in attendance.  

Programmed by K.J. Relth-Miller.  

Notes by Sari Navarro and K.J. Relth-Miller adapted from John Waters: Pope of Trash exhibition texts written by Jenny He, Dara Jaffe, Esme Douglas, and Emily Rauber Rodriguez.
John Waters: Pope of Trash is organized by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and made possible in part by major funding from Robert and Eva Shaye, The Four Friends Foundation.
Generous support provided by Emma Koss and Sara Risher. Technology solutions generously provided by Christie®. Academy Museum Digital Engagement Platform sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Series community partnership support provided by Outfest.

Academy Museum film programming generously funded by the Richard Roth Foundation.