Independent Lens: Beauty is Embarrassing
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Independent Lens: Beauty is Embarrassing

Monday, January 21 at 10:00 p.m.

Part biography, part live performance, "Beauty Is Embarrassing" is a funny, irreverent, joyful, and inspiring portrait of Wayne White, a one-of-a-kind visual artist.

As a designer, painter, puppeteer, sculptor, and musician, he has created some of the most arresting and iconic images in pop culture. The film traces White’s career from his early work as an underground cartoonist in New York’s East Village to his big break on "Pee-wee’s Playhouse," for which he won three Emmys.

It follows his subsequent success designing and animating for other children’s shows and for music videos through a dark period of struggle and self-reflection, to his current incarnation as a respected painter and performer. Savor the work of an artist who’s become an iconic auteur of the weird, the silly and the joyfully absurd, from a dancing chicken carcass in a Peter Gabriel video to giant cardboard masks of one-term presidents to wildly successful word paintings.