“This movie ought to be required viewing, not just for Oscar voters but for every aspiring artist wondering how to build a life doing what they love. Beauty is Embarrassing isn't simply a testament to the talents of Wayne White; it's a snapshot of the ways in which creativity and the business of daily living can be inseparably fused.” – Elina Shatkin, Los Angeles Magazine
Beauty Is Embarrassing tells the irreverent and inspiring story of Wayne White, a one-of-a-kind visual artist and raconteur. The film, directed by Neil Berkeley, traces White’s career from an underground cartoonist in New York’s East Village to his big break as a designer, puppeteer and voice-over actor on Pee-wee’s Playhouse for which he won three Emmy’s. It follows Wayne’s success designing and animating for other children’s shows like Beakman’s World and music videos for The Smashing Pumpkins (“Tonight, Tonight”) and Peter Gabriel (“Big Time”) through a dark period of struggle and self-reflection before emerging in his present-day incarnation as a respected painter and performer. The film, like White, embraces the ragged edges and messy contradictions of life, art, and family with rabid humor and honesty.
White, an artist-in-residence at York College for the month of March, will answer questions at the end of the film. A reception for his exhibition in the York College Galleries, Masterworks: 2000 – 2013, will precede the viewing of the film in the Wolf Hall lobby from 5:30 – 7:00pm.