Catherine Opie. Portrait of John Waters. 2022. Courtesy the Artist.

Coming Attractions: The John Waters Collection

Overview

John Waters’ bequest of 372 works by 125 artists brings a particular cutting-edge articulation of American individualism to the BMA’s collection, particularly as it relates to queer identity and freedom of expression. Waters favors works that are visually witty, abstract, and often refer to the absurdities of the art world.

To showcase this provocative gift, queer photographers Catherine Opie and Jack Pierson are guest curating highlights from the collection for the BMA’s Nancy Dorman and Stanley Mazaroff Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings and Photographs.

The exhibition will include approximately 90 paintings, sculptures, photographs, and prints by Diane Arbus, Nan Goldin, Mike Kelley, Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, Gary Simmons, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Christopher Wool, Erwin Wurm, and Betsy the Chimpanzee, among others.

A brochure featuring portraits of the artworks across Waters’ homes in Baltimore, New York City, and San Francisco will accompany the exhibition.

This exhibition is guest curated by artists Catherine Opie and Jack Pierson with Leila Grothe, BMA Associate Curator of Contemporary Art.

The Nancy Dorman and Stanley Mazaroff Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings and Photographs is generously supported by Nancy Dorman and Stanley Mazaroff, the State of Maryland, the City of Baltimore, the Henry Luce Foundation, the France-Merrick Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and The Sheridan Foundation.

Exhibitions in The Nancy Dorman and Stanley Mazaroff Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings and Photograph are supported in part by the Henry Luce Foundation. Additional generous support by Clair Zamoiski Segal.