Baltimore: The Baltimore Museum of Art, 1985. Offset. 5 ¾ x 11 in. Very good, stress marks to crease, minor bumps and wear to edges. Item #6490
Fold-out program schedule for film screenings, events, and lectures as a part of the John Waters Retrospective at the Baltimore Museum of Art, sponsored by the Baltimore Film Forum, held February 7-9, 1985.
Still fairly early in Waters’ career, the retrospective garnered controversy from conservative elements of the Baltimore citizenry who objected to taxpayer money funding Waters’ infamously lewd and filthy films. With this in mind, the Museum added a “Special Notice” printed under the schedule reading: “For filmgoers unfamiliar with the films of John Waters, it should be reported that some critics have described his work as sick, vile, stupid, and repulsive. Waters himself has assigned his earlier films a ‘self-imposed X rating.’ The Museum and the Film Forum wish to advise their audience to take the ‘self-imposed X rating’ seriously before deciding to attend.”
This scarce program sent through the mail to advertise the retrospective to unsuspecting citizens of Baltimore features Divine in Pink Flamingos on the front and folded out features more images from the films on view.