Hometown hero John Waters is getting his first retrospective in Baltimore at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA). Famous for his often raunchy, low-brow films that are laced with social commentary, Waters has also been making visual art since the early 90s. John Waters: Indecent Exposure highlights Waters’ unique and irrepressible sense of humor, as well as his special relationship to Baltimore, his lifelong home, and the setting of all 16 of his films.
Born in 1946 in Baltimore, Waters has had a multi-faceted career. Largely known for having written and directed cult classic and mainstream movie hits, he has gone on to success as a best-selling author, actor, visual artist, and even a 2011 Venice Biennale juror. His early films, such as 1972’s Pink Flamingos and 1974’s Female Trouble, drew censorship and protest for their explicit content. Despite original reactions, Waters and his works have since been acknowledged for their unique voice and perspective, establishing them in the canon of American cultural treasures.