John Waters Mega-Show Planned for Academy Museum
|Divine and Tab Hunter in John Waters' Polyester, 1981|
When they arrived at his studio, the curators huddled with Waters to share one idea for the entryway to the exhibition.
“So we know that you want people to get a bit of a shock when they first walk in,” [curator Dara] Jaffe said, as Waters nodded. “And we know how much you love showmanship and gimmicks.” The idea, she said, would be to create the inside of a church, with a montage of Waters films spooling near the altar. The pews — “the movie seats” — would be equipped with hidden buzzers to “give them a literal shock” as they sat down, she explained.
“Can you make that work?” Waters exclaimed. “That would be great!”