October 20, 2009 — Tickets for The University of Virginia Arts Assembly, featuring cult artist, photographer, author, actor and filmmaker John Waters, are available to the public Oct. 23 at the U.Va. Arts Box Office in the Drama Building on Culbreth Road. They're also available by visiting the Arts Box Office Web site, calling 434-924-3376 or e-mailing email@example.com. Admission to the Nov. 6 Arts Assembly is free, but tickets are required.
The Arts Assembly talk, to take place at 4:30 p.m. in Culbreth Theatre, will be based on Waters' one-man performance, "This Filthy World," in which he will discuss his career and what being an artist means to him.
In addition to being a celebrated filmmaker, Waters has written five books, with his sixth, "Role Models," due out in 2010. His photography and sculpture have been shown at galleries throughout the world and in books including "John Waters: Change of Life," which accompanied a Waters retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art in New York.
Throughout his career, Waters has been known for his use of humor to highlight the lives of those outside the mainstream. American author and social critic William Burroughs describes Waters as the "pope of trash" for his obsession with elevating all that is trashy in life.
"The altered perspectives on everyday life that Waters conveys in his work have won him a wide appeal among a broad spectrum of audiences as well as a cult following among filmmakers," said Elizabeth Turner, U.Va.'s vice provost for the arts. "He, by his own description, is obsessed – obsessed with pushing the boundaries and provoking thought and change. That's what great art does.
"We are delighted to have him at the University for the second annual Arts Assembly."
Later that evening Waters will screen two of his films at the Virginia Film Festival.