Peter Hutton Dies at 71

Posted June 27th, 2016 in Announcements, News / Events


We are deeply saddened by the untimely passing of filmmaker Peter Hutton. He produced a remarkable filmic oeuvre over nearly half a century. Starting out as a sculptor, painter and photographer, he studied at the San Francisco Art Institute in the late 1960s where he was influenced by Bruce Baillie, Bruce Conner, Bruce Nauman and Robert Nelson. Writing in ArtForum on the occasion of Hutton’s 2008 MoMA retrospective, the critic P. Adams Sitney characterizes the director’s work thus: “…subtle fluctuations in the visible field—of light, or figures and objects in motion, or slight camera movements—configure the ecstatic concentration of the filmmaker’s attention.”

For more about Peter Hutton’s film and life as a teacher and artist read J. Hoberman’s heartfelt New York Times piece –
Peter Hutton, Filmmaker With Austerely Romantic Worldview, Dies at 71


In the early 1970s Peter Hutton worked at Canyon Cinema. He built the shelves that hold the collection.