Hunter Museum announces Wayne White exhibit

Authored By seanphippster

Chattanooga has experienced firsthand his latest creations at Wayne-O-Rama, but the Hunter Museum of American Art will offer a 30-year retrospective of Wayne White’s career with a new exhibit.

“Thrill After Thrill: 30 Years of Wayne White” will open June 30 and run through Oct. 1 at the museum.

The exhibit will “delve into White’s ‘word’ paintings, cardboard, wood and bronze sculptures, larger-than-life puppets, and sketches created throughout his entire career,” according to a news release.

White’s work has touched multiple platforms, including illustrations for print, set design for music videos and work in broadcast television. He is best-known for his Emmy Award-winning work as a designer for “Pee-wee’s Playhouse.” White also created sets for “Beakman’s World” and served as art director for music videos such as The Smashing Pumpkins’ “Tonight, Tonight” and Peter Gabriel’s “Big Time.”

A variety of programming will accompany the exhibit. “Beauty Is Embarrassing,” a documentary about White’s work, and music from Nick Lutsko as part of the museum’s monthly Bands on the Bluff series are upcoming.

Chattanooga artist Matthew Dutton will also explore White’s work with “Thrill After Thrill With Creeping Critters” July 13. Dutton will share White’s work and offer a glimpse into his own creative process.

A list of events is available here.

“Thrill After Thrill” marks the culmination of an entire year of White in Chattanooga.

Wayne-O-Rama is White’s tribute to the history of Chattanooga. Essentially, the exhibit tells the story of Chattanooga as seen through White’s eyes, with installations depicting Lookout Mountain, Chief Dragging Canoe, Bessie Smith, Samuel L. Jackson and other notable Chattanooga figures.

Click here for more information on Wayne-O-Rama.

In 2015, designer and art collector Todd Oldham released a book on White’s work called “Wayne White: Maybe Now I’ll Get The Respect I So Richly Deserve.” The coffee table book spans 384 pages and includes images of White’s work throughout his career.