Say what you will about the Renaissance, the Modern period, and the Beat Generation, but the cinema of John Carpenter makes a case for the 1980s as the greatest era of art history. But what would da Vinci be without his Mona Lisa, or Dali without rotting bat carcasses and melting clocks? Just as important as these fine art icons is Kurt Russell, the face of Carpenter’s reinvention of the American New Wave horror genre. Just as iconic to films like The Thing, Escape from New York, and Big Trouble in Little China as Carpenter’s eye and ear was Russell’s physicality, and his masterful operation thereof. As such, it’s only right—and long overdue—that the actor be recognized as the piece of fine art that he truly is. Like, say, in an actual art show.
Twenty years after Russell endeavored to escape from Southern California, his likeness is returning in the form of the Kurt Russell Deep Cuts Art Show, per Gizmodo. Taking place on the night of Aug. 27 (beginning at 7 pm) at the Public Works SF, the show will present a series of limited edition posters, prints and original works by a slew of California artists, all devoted to the cinematic prowess and physical dynamism of Captain Ron himself.
With more than a dozen artists celebrating Russell’s filmography (a full list of the contributors can be found at the event’s official Facebook page), we’re bound to exceed the margins of his work with Carpenter, and may even tough into beauties like Overboard, Stargate, and his most recent gem, The Hateful Eight.
If you happen to be in San Francisco on Saturday, shoot us some snapshots of the show—which, by the way, is free of charge, though you have to be over 21 to attend.
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