Remembering George Kuchar
Corruption of the Damned / Eclipse of the Sun Virgin / Knocturne
The great American underground filmmaker George Kuchar died
in 2011—shortly before a retrospective of his work opened at PS1 in Queens. It
was fitting that the exhibition was mounted so close to Kuchar's childhood home
in the Bronx, the first "sound studio" for the low-budget super
8 films he made with his brother Mike in the 1950s. With his enormous
oeuvre—comprised of hundreds of films and videos over five decades—Kuchar
practically gave birth to a genre. His campy, Z-grade independent filmmaking
celebrates Hollywood tropes just as much as it obliterates them. Given the recent
publication of The George Kuchar Reader, edited by Andrew Lampert and published
by Primary Information (and available for purchase at this screening), the time seems ripe to revisit the twisted world of
this one-of-a-kind filmmaker.
Corruption of the Damned
Andrew Lampert is Curator of Collections at Anthology Film Archives in New York City, where he has restored and preserved hundreds of films by esteemed artists including the Kuchar Brothers, Tony Conrad, Marie Menken, Bruce Conner, Maya Deren, Paul Sharits among many others. He co-programs Anthology's two theaters which annually present more than 900 programs of contemporary and classic works independent, international and experimental cinema. He is also an artist who specializes in creating expanded cinema pieces, short films and videos and installations that playfully address the contemporary condition of spectatorship in our rampant media environment. His work is widely exhibited at festivals, museums and cinemas throughout North America and abroad, including the Whitney Museum, the British Film Institute, the Vienalle, The Toronto Film Festival and other venues. A Visiting Fellow at the Eugene Lang College at The New School, he recently edited the book The George Kuchar Reader (Primary Information, 2014). A limited number of copies of the book will be available for purchase at this screening.