Graduate Lecture Series
George Kuchar: "Art Sweep"
Friday, September 16, 2011 - 4:30pm
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
It is with great sadness that we report that George Kuchar died on September 6, 2011 after a battle with cancer. Read the announcement here. This event will now feature screenings of George's work and remarks from special guests. It is open to all students as well as the public.
- - - - -
Artist George Kuchar’s oeuvre of over 200 films and videos holds a unique place in 20th century cinema. Hold Me While I’m Naked, with its mixture of good-natured vulgarity and tawdry humor, was ranked one of 100 Best Films of the 20th Century by the Village Voice. Kuchar's graphic work reflects his involvement in the underground comic scene of the 1970’s, where he became cohorts with Art Spiegelman, Bill Griffith and Robert Crumb after moving to San Francisco, publishing in the infamous underground comic “Arcade”.
Kuchar is an Associate Professor in SFAI's Film Department. His films and videos have been recognized through numerous awards and grants, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Eureka Fellowship Program, a Ford Foundation Fellowship from United States Artists, the Maya Deren Award for Independent Film and Video Artists from the American Film Institute, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Independent/Experimental Film and Video. His work has 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.
The Jersey Devil (detail), 1982
Watercolor on paper
9 x 12 inches