Price: $50.00
Museum Member Price: $45.00

John Waters: Indecent Exposure Hardcover – October 16, 2018 by Kristen Hileman (Author), Jonathan D. Katz (Contributor), Robert Storr (Contributor), Wolfgang Tillmans (Contributor)

It has been more than fifty years since John Waters filmed his first short on the roof of his parents’ Baltimore home. Over the following decades, Waters has developed a reputation as an uncompromising cultural force not only in cinema, but also in visual art, writing, and performance. This major retrospective examines the artist’s influential career through more than 160 photographs, sculptures, soundworks, and videos he has made since the early 1990s. These works deploy Waters’s renegade humor to reveal the ways that mass media and celebrity embody cultural attitudes, moral codes, and shared tragedy.
Waters has broadened our understanding of American individualism, particularly as it relates to queer identity, racial equality, and freedom of expression. In bringing “bad taste” to the walls of galleries and museums, he tugs at the curtain of exclusivity that can divide art from human experience. Waters freely manipulates an image bank of less-than-sacred, low-brow references—Elizabeth Taylor’s hairstyles, his own self-portraits, and pictures of individuals brought into the limelight through his films, including his counterculture muse Divine—to entice viewers to engage with his astute and provocative observations about society.
This richly illustrated book explores themes including the artist’s childhood and identity; Pop culture and the movie business; Waters’s satirical take on the contemporary art world; and the transgressive power of images. The catalogue features essays by BMA Senior Curator of Contemporary Art Kristen Hileman; art historian and activist Jonathan David Katz; critic, curator, and artist Robert Storr; as well as an interview with Waters by photographer Wolfgang Tillmans.

About the Author
Kristen Hileman is the Senior Curator and Department Head of Contemporary Art at The Baltimore Museum of Art. Over two decades of curating, she has worked with such leading international artists as Cai Guo-Qiang, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, John Baldessari, Sarah Oppenheimer, and Tomás Saraceno. Her 2009 exhibition Anne Truitt: Perception and Reflection was instrumental in bringing renewed attention to Truitt’s oeuvre. She has held teaching appointments at Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University.
Jonathan D. Katz is Director of the Visual Studies doctoral program at State University of New York–Buffalo. He founded and directed the Larry Kramer Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies at Yale University and was the founding chair of the Department of Lesbian and Gay Studies at City College of San Francisco, the first department of lesbian and gay studies in the United States. He has written extensively and organized important exhibitions exploring postwar American art, culture, and sexuality.

Robert Storr has held numerous prestigious positions throughout his career as curator, critic, and painter, including Dean of the Yale University School of Art, Director of the 2007 Venice Biennale, and Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art. His writing has appeared in many magazines and journals, including Art in America, Artforum, and Frieze as well as within exhibition catalogues produced by museums around the world. A recipient of awards from the International Association of Art Critics and the Archives of American Art, among other organizations, he has been recognized by the French Ministry of Culture as an Officier des Arts et des Lettres.
Photographer Wolfgang Tillmans is renowned not only for his own diverse body of work but also for his influence on younger artists. His work has been the subject of prominent solo exhibitions at international institutions and is held in museum collections worldwide. The first photographer to win the Turner Prize, Tillmans is deeply involved in the publication of artist's books and monographs, and he regularly contributes to magazines.

Product details
Publisher ‏ : ‎ University of California Press; First Edition (October 16, 2018)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 232 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0520300475
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0520300477
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 3.7 pounds
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 9.5 x 1.1 x 11 inches

SIGN UP FOR FREE and receive 10% off your first order! Retail subscribers receive the most-updated information on product launches, restocks and sales!

BECOME A MUSEUM MEMBER for 10% off every day and 20% off during member appreciation days! Members automatically receive their discount online when checking out using the email address associated with your museum membership account. Some exceptions apply and membership discount does not apply to sale items already marked down.

All orders are shipped by USPS Ground.
Processing time (not included in the shipping time) for orders is 1–3 business days. These times may be extended during holidays and promotions. You will receive an email confirmation with a tracking number when your order has shipped.

Ground Flat Rate Shipping―$7.95 Applies to orders shipped in the contiguous 48 US States shipping time is 3–7 business days.
Extended Flat Rate Shipping to Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico - $22.95 - shipping time is 3–7 business days
International Flat Rate Shipping - $42.95(Includes Guam, American Samoa, and US Territories). International delivery time is 5–20 business days (not including time for customs and other import inspections). Shipping costs do not include taxes and import duties.
JUST IN CASE! - we accept exchanges and returns back to the original form of payment within 30 days of purchase with original proof of purchase and in original unworn condition with tags and packaging. All limited-edition and sale items or where items are noted in the product description are final - no exchanges no refund.

For online returns, please email us at with your first name, last name, and order number so we can assist you.

Refunds will be returned back to the original form of payment and may take up to 7 days to process. Shipping and handling fees are non-refundable.

If you are in the Los Angeles area, online orders can be easily returned in-person at the store. Please bring with you the original order invoice that was included with your shipment. Don't worry, general admission tickets are not required to visit the Academy Museum Store!

Please note the measurements provided may have a variance of about an inch. The description on the detail page will also indicate the fabric content of the item.
We'd love to hear from you!

For customer service inquiries, please email or call us at +1 323.930.3035. Our Customer Service team is available during store business hours. We do our best to respond to all customers within 48 hours. Response times may be extended during holidays and promotions. Inquiries are answered in the order they are received.

We are located at:
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
6067 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
United States

General Admission is not required to visit the Academy Museum Store and is open to the general public during our normal business hours.
The Academy Museum is open six days a week 10am-6pm, closed on Tuesday.
You have successfully subscribed!
This email has been registered