Babette Mangolte: Camera Studies

Babette Mangolte in Conversation

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Wednesday 4/1
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Co-presented with the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania


IHP welcomes acclaimed director, cinematographer, and documentarian Babette Mangolte, who will be joined by Thomas Beard and Yvonne Rainer in a discussion about Mangolte's long and multi-faceted career.  Excerpts from some of her rare and recent works will be screened.


Babette Mangolte (US born in France) is an experimental filmmaker and a photographer who is known internationally and lives in New York.


Among her most recent films, Seven Easy Pieces by Marina Abramović had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in 2007. She shot two films about the choreographies of Yvonne Rainer, AG Indexical in 2007 and RoS Indexical in 2008. She also shot Trisha Brown’s choreography Roof Piece on the High Line (shot in 2011 and edited in 2012), Her most recent film,Edward Krasiński’s Studio, was filmed in Warsaw in 2011 and edited in 2012 and premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2013. She also completed in 2012 a film shot in 1988 and 1991 of Patricia Patterson Paintings.


Her recent installations are Presence (Berlin Biennale, 2008),Rushes (Cologne, 2009) and How to look… (Whitney Museum of American Art, Biennale 2010). She recently completed an installation about the color green at VOX in Montreal Éloge du Vert in 2013. Mangolte is interested in creating architectural spaces, which propose various mode of interactivity between spectators, photographs and films shown in the installation.


Mangolte is also known for her photographic archive, which documents the experimental theater, dance and performance scene of the 1970s and 1980s.


She also has published essays, theorizing her practice as a filmmaker and as a photographer and has written about technological transformations in film with the advent of digital.


Thomas Beard is a founder and director of Light Industry, a venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to organizing screenings for Artists Space, the Centre Pompidou, the Museum of Modern Art, and Tate Modern, he also co-curated the cinema for Greater New York 2010 at MoMA PS1 and the film program for the 2012 Whitney Biennial. As a writer, he has contributed to publications like Artforum, Film Comment, October, and Triple Canopy. He currently teaches in the Art Criticism & Writing MFA program at the School of Visual Arts.


Yvonne Rainer was born in San Francisco in 1934. She trained as a dancer in New York at the Martha Graham Dance School and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and began to choreograph in 1960. She was a founding member of the Judson Dance Theater, a movement that began in 1962 and proved to be a vital force in redefining dance for the following decades. Starting in 1968, Rainer began to integrate short films into her live performances and, by 1975, had made a complete transition to filmmaking. She has since completed seven experimental feature films, and, in 1997, retrospectives of Rainer’s films were held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City.

In 2000, Rainer returned to dance with a commission by the Baryshnikov Dance Foundation for the White Oak Dance Project titled, After Many a Summer Dies the Swan (2000). Most recently, she choreographed AG Indexical, with a Little Help from H.M. (2006), a reinterpretation of George Balanchine's AgonRoS Indexical (2007), after Vaslav Nijinsky’s Rite of Spring; and Spiraling Down (2008), a meditation on soccer, aging, and war. In 2010,Yvonne Rainer: Dance and Film, the first major European survey of Rainer’s work was presented at the Tramway in Glasgow, Scotland. A premiere collection of Yvonne Rainer’s poetry, Poems is newly released by Badlands Unlimited (2011).

Rainer is the recipient of numerous awards, including two Guggenheim Fellowships (1969, 1988), three Rockefeller Fellowships (1988, 1990, and 1996), a MacArthur Fellowship (1990–95), and a Wexner Prize (1995). She currently lives and works in California and New York.


Camera Studies, a collaboration with the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, focuses primarily on Mangolte’s work in film, with several screenings culminating in a public conversation with the artist and special guests on April 1st.

Babette Mangolte: Camera Studies has been supported by a grant from the The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation

Additional Support has been provided by the Cinema Studies program at the University of Pennsylvania.