Coinciding with the opening of the Walter and McBean Galleries' exhibition Living in Studio Kuchar (March 9 – April 21, 2012), this event celebrates the life and work of independent film legend and longtime SFAI faculty member George Kuchar, who died in September 2011. The program will feature film screenings, discussions, and other events throughout the SFAI campus from 7:30 pm-midnight. Check back soon for more detailed information about the evening's activities.
George’s wildly original vision—tawdry yet tender, perversely humorous, and deeply personal—fueled a body of work spanning more than 200 films and videos, as well as paintings, drawings, comics, and writing. Beloved by generations of students, George began teaching at SFAI in 1971, where with minuscule budgets he and his students in “AC/DC Psychotronic Teleplays” and the sequel course “Electro-graphic Sinema” made such melodrama parodies as Creeping Crimson; Hush, Hush, Sweet Harlot; and Dialog of the Devil Dolls.
George's film and video work—which comprises 8mm and 16mm films such as Hold Me While I'm Naked; the SFAI-made “class pictures”; the long-running project “Weather Diaries”; and a series of video diaries—have screened around the globe in cinemas, festivals, and major museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Pompidou Center in Paris. Recent honors include the addition of his 1977 short film I, An Actress to the Library of Congress's National Film Registry, and his selection for the 2012 Whitney Biennial, to be held March 1 through May 27, 2012.