First Friday Film is ‘Beauty’

Dec 31, 2012
“Beauty is Embarrassing” is a 2012 documentary featuring the life and current times of one of America’s most important artists, Wayne White.

Rockland — Farnsworth Art Museum and the Strand Theatre will co-present “Beauty is Embarrassing” as the year’s initial First Friday Film Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. at the Strand, 345 Main St. Tickets are $8.50, $7 for museum members.

“Beauty Is Embarrassing” chronicles the vaulted highs and the crushing lows of a commercial artist struggling to find peace and balance between his work and his art. Wayne White, raised in the mountains of Tennessee, started his career as a cartoonist in New York City. He quickly found success as one of the creators of the TV show “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” which led to more work designing some of the most arresting and iconic images in pop culture. Most recently, his word paintings, which feature pithy and often sarcastic text statements crafted onto vintage landscape paintings, have made him a darling of the fine art world.

Acting as his own narrator, Wayne guides us through his life using moments from his latest creation, a hilarious, biographical one-man show. The pieces are drawn from performances at venues in Tennessee, New York and Los Angeles including the famous Roseland Ballroom and the Largo Theater. At its core, “Beauty Is Embarrassing” is a reminder that we should all follow our passions as it is those creative impulses that will lead us to where we need to go.

First Friday Films focus on artists and the visual arts, with a brief discussion following the screening. Tickets are for sale at the Strand box office prior to screenings.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or

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