Baltimore Museum of Art's restrooms to be named in honor of John Waters, for donating 375 pieces of art

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Congrats to the BMOA and to John Waters. His very name is a homage to restrooms.

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So you are saying they should be called Waters Closets?

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or John’s.

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Waters’ Johns

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Come for Waters’ art contribution, stay for the pu pu plater at the museum’s cafe.

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cmon guys i usually come here for fun puns i post elsewhere … where is all the toilet humor?!

as an art patron myself, I wonder what drives others to purchase art, particularly art made by strangers - famous or otherwise. There is a tremendous selfishness in the act - to take something out as precious as art out of the world and hang it in a closed room; i support a no-art-inheritance rule. I praise waters and any other art patron who will donate their collections to the museums who appreciate and share them.

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So he gave his art in lieu of a cash donation?

375 pieces? That’s quite a dump of art.

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Amazing. I must at some point make a pilgrimage to visit the works donated by our lord an savior John Waters and sit on the porcelain throne

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Imagine seeing Watersian exercises in transgression nestled between Middle Kingdom Egyptian statuaria and Ingre’s painted ceramics.

Knowing a little about Baltimore, I wondered why he didn’t approach the Walters Art Museum instead. He may have, but in addition to the likelihood of confusing press like “Waters at the Walters”, I suspect it was simply lack of space that nixed the donation.

That or they wouldn’t budge on renaming the restrooms.

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How wonderfully apposite; and so kind of him toi let others enjoy his art.

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Yay!

John Waters… USian treasure.

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ahhh was it is it a gay tea room?

I’m down the road (relatively speaking) and I’ve yet to visit the Walters or the BMA. The Walters was actually on my short list before Covid hit.

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JWC is probably the cheapest option.

A great way to announce your gay sexuality would be to come out of the John Waters Closet.

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I wonder?

This man is amazing. If I were rich and effeminate I would be Mr Waters. But I am poor and butch, so I am me instead

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Where do I remember this dude from. Some art film, I can’t place him. Go art!

Smart idea. It could be a thing for people who love a double entender.