Whole Grain: Experiments in Film & Video — The Underground World of Mike and George Kuchar

Film still from George Kuchar's Hold Me While I’m Naked, 1966

Join us on Saturday, December 2, at 4:00 pm, for The Underground World of Mike and George Kuchar, an evening of whimsical and outrageous art movies that will undermine your definition of “art movie.” Fraternal twins George and Mike, of The Kuchar brothers, were each a prominent avant-garde filmmaker by the late 60s and began making films as teens in New York City, creating intentionally amateurish films with campy acting, colorful sets, fanciful characters, and eccentric subject matter. This program features two films by George, who passed away in 2011, and one by Mike, who recently won the Guggenheim fellowship in Film-Video. This event is part of Whole Grain, our new experimental film and video series.

Mike and George Kuchar Films:

  • Dwarf Star (Mike Kuchar, 1974, US, 20 min, 16mm)
  • Hold Me While I’m Naked (George Kuchar, 1966, US, 17 min, 16mm)
  • Ascension of the Demonoids (George Kuchar, 1986, US, 45 min, 16mm)


About Whole Grain

The Tang Teaching Museum’s new series Whole Grain explores classic and contemporary work in experimental film and video. Our series of six programs this fall features programs highlighting found-footage pioneer Bruce Conner (October 7), contemporary digital animation (October 26November 28), short films in the Cubist film tradition (November 4), Maya Deren’s experimental documentary on Haitian Vodou (November 11), a feature-length exploration of the animated .gif (November 16), and the campy world of brothers George and Mike Kuchar (December 2).

Whole Grain is programmed by Museum Store and Publications Manager Sean Fuller and Educator for College and Public Programs Tom Yoshikami. All events are free and open to the public.

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