Wayne White, the multi-disciplinary artist, puppeteer, art director, set designer, and musician, comes to the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art on Friday, Nov. 4. White is part of the “Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose” exhibition, which inhabits the museum through Dec. 31. The artist will narrate a slew of images, offering some banjo and harmonica tunes along the way.
White worked as an illustrator for publications like the Village Voice and New York Times before a stint on the crew for “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse” in the mid-1980s, working as a designer. (He garnered three Emmys for his work, and he also worked on “The Weird Al Show” and “Beakman’s World.”) White’s work in art direction in music videos can be seen in videos like The Smashing Pumpkins’ “Tonight, Tonight” and Peter Gabriel’s “Big Time.” These days, White’s at work on new visual art, described as “oversized, three-dimensional text painstakingly integrated into vintage landscape reproductions.”
White’s visit costs $20 for museum members and $30 for non-members, and it includes admission to check out “Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose,” as well. White will be signing copies of the monograph “Maybe Now I’ll Get the Respect I So Richly Deserve,” which was edited by Todd Oldham, after the program. More info here.