September 17 – October 30, 2016

Curated by Jordan Stein

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 17, 6 – 9 PM

George Kuchar (1942–2011) documented his gastronomic, meteorological, and libidinal desires in hundreds of film and video productions across four decades. An appetite for intimacy drove many of his first-person adventures, perhaps most tenderly in THE MONGRELOID (1978), a 16mm love-letter to his treasured mutt, Bocko. In nine absurd minutes, Kuchar walks the indifferent animal down memory lane, reflecting mostly on posterior matters: "How's your operation on your behind? You had that 400 dollar operation on your tushy, remember that?"

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HARVARD FILM ARCHIVE | Christmas with Anne Robertson and George Kuchar

December 18, 2015 @ 7pm

Unique, prolific, emotional and funny, the filmmakers George Kuchar (1942 - 2011) and Anne Charlotte Robertson (1949 - 2012) both left behind many hours of moving image diaries, much of which is housed at the Harvard Film Archive. While the tones of their respective diaries are quite different, both Kuchar and Robertson cover similar leitmotifs, including food, the body, cats, family and the natural world. They also share the tradition of cinematically confronting the holiday season—a time that can be melancholy or festive, lonely or celebratory, and usually a bit of everything. Tonight we present a selection of their complementary, alternative visions of sugar plums.

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George Kuchar @ Yerba Buena Center For The Arts

San Francisco Cinematheque Presents: A Criminal Account of Pleasure: The George Kuchar Reader
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Yerba Buena Center For The Arts

Andrew Lampert , the editor of The George Kuchar Reader (and Anthology Film Archives’ Curator of Collections) appears in person to read excerpts from the book and to discuss this legend. The program includes George Kuchar’s 16mm Corruption of the Damned and the video The Exiled Files of Eddie Gray. 

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George Kuchar @ MoMA

Monday, May 26, 2014

1966. USA. Directed by George Kuchar. With Donna Kerness, George Kuchar, Stella Kuchar, Andrea Lunin. The loosely autobiographical Hold Me While I’m Naked is both the story of a frustrated filmmaker trying to prove his artistic integrity through his next production, and Kuchar’s homage to Douglas Sirk’s lush Hollywood melodramas. 15 min.

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George Kuchar @ MOMA PS1

November 20, 2011 - January 15, 2012

George Kuchar (American, 1942-2011) was among the most prolific and influential American filmmakers of the last half century. His more than two hundred low-budget films, many made with his twin brother, Mike, regularly feature his friends and students, pioneering a camp aesthetic that has inspired generations of filmmakers and artists.

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George Kuchar @ The Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State L.A.

November 30, 2010 - January 8, 2011

Tropical Vulture features the work of legendary independent filmmaker and educator George Kuchar. Since the 1950s, Kuchar has gained attention for displaying his morbid interests, insecurities, and razor-sharp wit in low-budget films with over-the-top plots and performances. This exhibition presents a unique combination of Kuchar's films, videos, paintings and drawings, and is organized by San Francisco-based artist Julio Cesar Morales and Mexico City-based artist Miguel Calderon, two of Kuchar's former students.

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