Art & A Movie: Pink Flamingos
08/08/2013, 6:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Must be 21 or older to attend. $15/$12 Brooks members and students with valid I.D./Free with VIP Film Pass. map
saluting the unofficial end of summer with an homage to the plastic lawn
ornament that served as an icon of the late 20th century even as it was
"pegged as a prime example of the despicable spread of kitsch,"
according to the New York Times.
into the Brooks after 6 pm to decorate a pink flamingo lawn ornament that
you’ll get to take home and place in your own yard – we’re providing the
plastic flamingos and rhinestones in every color of the rainbow, along with
wine and music from DJ Leroy to help inspire your creation.
7 pm, attend a screening of the transgressive 1972 film Pink Flamingos.
the most controversial black comedy ever released, John Waters' Pink
Flamingos is about breaking the perceived boundaries of high art and good
taste. Waters produced the film on a $10,000 budget, and premiered it at the
University of Baltimore’s third annual Baltimore Film Festival in 1972.
Starring the legendary drag queen Divine as an underground criminal living in a
house trailer with a bunch of degenerates (including her mother Edie and son
Crackers), Pink Flamingos chronicles
Divine’s life as “the filthiest person alive” caught in a war with her social
rivals Connie and Raymond Marble, the sinister duo behind a black market baby
ring. With plenty of taboo topics (sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll are just the
tip of the iceberg) packed into nearly every scene, the outrageous Pink Flamingos is not for the
fainthearted. The cult classic was banned in Australia and Norway, and
initially received an X rating. In more recent years, it’s been heralded as one
of the most important works of the 1970s. The Brooks is screening the Baltimore
auteur’s first major success as it’s meant to be seen, on the big screen with
Director: John Waters | U.S.A. | 1972 |
107 minutes | NC-17
Every Thursday is Art Open Late!
the unexpected, from gallery tours and artists talks to films, musical
performances and art-making activities, plus Brooks Milongas by Memphis Tango
in every third Thursday. Museum galleries, Brushmark Restaurant and Museum
Store are open until 8 pm. To make dinner reservations please call 901.544.6225
or click here.
line for image: ©Photography by Susan Segal