Tropic of Kuchar

The influential filmmaker George Kuchar first won a fringe following decades ago with his pioneering aesthetic of low-budget kitsch and bad-taste Hollywood homage. After switching to video in the '90s, the venerable Mission District icon gravitated toward first-person travelogues shot through with his trademark self-deprecation. From the stylized dress-up of the early years to today’s disheveled-eccentric look (backed by offhand narration in his hilariously undiluted New York accent), Kuchar’s weirdly compelling screen presence has not just survived but thrived. Some variation of it is on display in “Tropical Vulture,” his eagerly awaited collaboration with the daring Mexican contemporary artist Miguel Calderón, which the pair filmed down Acapulco way. The feature-length work premieres next fall, but this exhibition offers a tempting slice, in addition to the U.S. premiere of Calderón’s new video, Best Seller, and the world premiere of Burrito Bay, Kuchar’s revealing on-location diary of the shoot.
Nov. 21-Jan. 10, 2009

 
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