George Kuchar: Pagan Rhapsodies

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. Based in San Francisco since the early 1970s, where he taught for four decades at the San Francisco Art Institute, Kuchar grew up in New York City, in the Bronx, where he began his career, before resettling in California in 1971. Planned prior to the artist's recent death, in September of 2011, George Kuchar: Pagan Rhapsodies includes many of the artist's most important works, including films, videos, and works on paper.

  • Installation view of George Kuchar: Pagan Rhapsodies at MoMA PS1, 2011. Copyright MoMA PS1.

  • Installation view of George Kuchar: Pagan Rhapsodies at MoMA PS1, 2011. Copyright MoMA PS1.

  • George Kuchar. Gasbag previously Letter For Olga. 1975. Ink on paper. 17 x 22 inches (43.2 x 55.8 cm). Courtesy ADA gallery, Richmond, VA.

  • George Kuchar. Trance of The Tropics. 1982. Watercolor on paper. 12 ¼ x 15 ¼ inches (31.1 x 38.7 cm) framed. Courtesy ADA gallery, Richmond, VA.


George Kuchar: Pagan Rhapsodies is organized by Peter Eleey, Curator of MoMA PS1.

Images, slideshow: George Kuchar. Self Portrait w/ Flowers. C. late 1970s/early 80s. Chromogenic color print mounted on Plexiglas. Courtesy ADA gallery, Richmond VA. Installation views of George Kuchar: Pagan Rhapsodies at MoMA PS1, 2011. © MoMA PS1, 2011; Photo: Matthew Septimus.

A Tribute to George Kuchar at MoMA

November 17, 2011

A presentation of George Kuchar films at MoMA. Preserved prints including I, An Actress (1977) and Wild Night in El Reno (1977).

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