© John Waters

Edith Tells off Katherine Hepburn, 1995
two chromogenic prints
Collection of Vincent and Shelly Fremont


John Waters
Change Of Life



John Waters, the iconoclastic filmmaker whose cult classics such as "Mondo Trasho", "Pink Flamingos", and "Hairspray" defined "trash" for a generation, turned to still photography in the early 1990s.


Watching videotapes of the films that fascinate him (from "Cleopatra" to "Baby Doll" to "The Bad Seed"), Waters photographed images off the television screen, capturing moments that became the raw material for his new artworks. Selecting from the many photographic images he took, Waters assembled photographic sequences to create his own "little movies".


The New Museum presents the first comprehensive exhibition of John Waters' photographic works made over the past decade, showcasing 75 of these works. Selected objects, scrapbooks, artifacts, movie props, and ephemera that Waters collected from the late 1960s through the early 1970s will also be on view in a specially-created Waters environment, designed by his longtime set designer Vince Peranio, highlighting Waters' ongoing fascination with photographic imagery and the mass media.


The exhibition also features the first public showing of Waters' extraordinary early no budget films: "Hag in a Black Leather Jacket" (1964), "Roman Candles" (1966), and "Eat Your Make-up" (1968).


The exhibition is co-curated by Marvin Heiferman and Lisa Phillips.


"John Waters: Change of Life" is sponsored by New Line Cinema.


Exhibition: February 7 - May 2, 2004 (extended)
Opening hours: Tue-Sun noon - 6 pm, Thu noon - 8 pm
Closed Monday


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