Whitney Biennial 2012 Audio Guide Playlist
This audio guide allows visitors to hear directly from artists as they discuss the thoughts, processes, and ideas behind their work in the 2012 Whitney Biennial exhibition.
NARRATOR: George Kuchar began making films, along with his twin brother, as a young Bronx teen in the 1950s. In the decades that followed, he first became involved in New York’s downtown scene, and then moved to San Francisco. He began shooting video prolifically in the 1980s, ultimately making more than two hundred tapes—including many video diaries of the artist’s own experiences. Last year he died of cancer at the age of sixty-nine. The following interview was conducted in August of 2009.
CHARLES BERNSTEIN: My guest today, for the first of three shows, is George Kuchar. I’m your host, Charles Bernstein.
Your work creates a joyous and extremely funny view of ways of life that many people, in the United States anyway, consider immoral.
GEORGE KUCHAR: Yeah probably just because part of my life was a little bit off the tracks somewhere. I didn’t mean it to go that way.
BERNSTEIN: So identity politics does not play a part in the way that you imagine your work. Just as the way you’ve answered about politics, it’s—
KUCHAR: Yeah, I don’t think so. No, because the identities are all–a lot of them are me. You know, different aspects of my personality—the people in the movies.
BERNSTEIN: You have multiple identities as a filmmaker?
KUCHAR: In the movies you make, you have your alter egos, and they’ll come on and stuff. A lot of the diaries, of course, I’m in the diaries. I always wanted to be an actor. So no, no alter ego intended. There’s the real person. But then, of course, you have your face, because you have your real face. But, you know, it’s like a burlesque show: if you take all your clothes off right away who’s interested? [Laughter] You have to peel off a little bit at a time and then there has to be magic and mystery—you know what I mean? Maybe you go behind a screen or something. So, it’s the same way with a movie image. I may appear on the picture, but that’s not really the total me. The total me may be quite horrifying, in points, you know what I mean? But there’s always a mystery of the person and it should always be there.
- 120 Oscar Tuazon
- 220 Thom Andersen
- 221 Forrest Bess (by Robert Gober)
- 2212 Forrest Bess (by Robert Gober)
- 222 Moyra Davey (photography)
- 2222 Moyra Davey (photography)
- 223 Moyra Davey (Les Goddesses)
- 224 Matt Hoyt
- 225 George Kuchar
- 226 Laida Lertxundi
- 227 Joanna Malinowska
- 2272 Joanna Malinowska
- 228 Laura Poitras
- 229 Matt Porterfield
- 230 Luther Price (films)
- 231 Michael Robinson
- 232 Wu Tsang (Wildness)
- 233 Frederick Wiseman
- 320 Lutz Bacher (Pipe Organ)
- 321 Lutz Bacher (The Celestial Handbook)
- 322 Cameron Crawford
- 323 Liz Deschenes
- 324 Nicole Eisenman
- 325 Vincent Fecteau
- 326 LaToya Ruby Frazier
- 3262 LaToya Ruby Frazier
- 327 Dawn Kasper
- 328 Jutta Koether
- 3282 Jutta Koether
- 329 Kate Levant
- 330 Sam Lewitt
- 3302 Sam Lewitt
- 331 Andrew Masullo
- 332 Nick Mauss
- 3322 Nick Mauss
- 333 Luther Price (slide projections)
- 334 Elaine Reichek
- 335 Tom Thayer
- 420 Charles Atlas
- 421 Lutz Bacher (What are you Thinking and Baseballs)
- 422 Richard Maxwell
- 4222 Richard Maxwell
- 423 Sarah Michelson
- 424 Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran
- 4242 Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran
- 426 Wu Tsang (Green Room)
- 427 Gisèle Vienne with Dennis Cooper, Stephen O’Malley, and Peter Rehberg
- 521 Lucy Raven
- 522 The Red Krayola
- 523 Georgia Sagri