5:00 to 9:00 p.m. August 9, 2013


Join the museum for this week’s Friday Nights at NOMA, featuring musician Rex Gregory as well as a special showing of the documentary Beauty Is Embarrassing.

  • 5-8 p.m.: Art Activity
  • 5:30-8:30 p.m.: Music by Rex Gregory
  • 6:00 p.m.: Docent Led Tour: Contemporary Art
  • 7-8:30 p.m.: Film: Beauty Is Embarrassing

About Rex Gregory
Rex Gregory is a saxophonist and composer currently residing in New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated from the University of New Orleans with a B.A. in Jazz Performance. He plays all forms of saxophones, clarinets, and flutes with near equal facility, which makes him a very sought after musician for a diverse array of projects. In addition, Rex is known for his composition and arranging abilities which are featured on his independently released studio recording, An End to Oblivion.

Rex has played with the premier music luminaries in New Orleans since his introduction into the city in 2002. He can frequently be heard with Jason Marsalis, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra led by Irvin Mayfield, Adonis Rose, David Torkanowsky, Steve Masakowski, Wendell Brunious, Simon Lott, James Singleton, and many others.

About Beauty Is Embarrassing

Beauty Is Embarrassing is a funny, irreverent, joyful and inspiring documentary featuring the life and current times of one of America’s most important artists, Wayne White.

Raised in the mountains of Tennessee, Wayne White 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.

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. 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.

Whether he’s parading a twenty foot tall puppet through the Tennessee hillside, romping around the Hollywood Hills dressed in his LBJ puppet suit, relaxing in his studio pickin’ his banjo, or watching his children grow up much too soon, Wayne White always seems to have a youthful grin and a desperate drive to create art and objects. It is an infectious quality that will inspire everyone to find their pleasure in life and pursue it at all costs.

At its core, Beauty Is Embarrassing is a reminder that we should all follow our passion. It is those creative impulses that will lead us to where we need to go.