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Babette Mangolte: Camera Studies

The Sky on Location

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Tuesday 3/31
7:00 pm
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dir. Babette Mangolte, US, 1983, 16mm, 78 min.

Babette Mangolte will be in attendance at this screening

“Is it possible to confront nature with a real purity of vision? The Sky on Location is a personal meditation on the landscape of the American West that tracks the ruling conception in nature in the 19th and 20th centuries from the pioneers through the instamatic tourists, at the same time that it obsessively follows the four seasons. The elemental vicissitudes of the weather, the exact moment of the day, the color of the light and the soil and the trees form an acute visual record of the constantly changing mood of the landscape. The film successfully attempts, with quiet, passionate, almost single-minded firmness, to confront us as nakedly as possible with our cultural inability to see nature whole, without preconceptions.” - Ernest Larsen 

“The landscape is not seen in its postcard-ish grandeur as captured in the photographs of Ansel Adams, nor through its shapes as in paintings by Cezanne or Constable, but rather the film captures the mood of the landscape as in a Turner painting. The film attempts to construct a geography of the land from North to South, East to West and season-to-season through colors instead of maps.” – Babette Mangolte
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Since relocating to New York from her native France in the early 1970s, Babette Mangolte has forged a singular path across the art and cinema worlds. As a director, cinematographer, and documentarian, Mangolte has amassed an extensive body of work that intersects with the worlds of dance, performance art, and experimental film. In her New York years, Mangolte documented some of the era’s most important performers and artists in both still and moving images. In these works, her collaborative partners include Chantal Akerman, Trisha Brown, Richard Foreman, and Yvonne Rainer. Her own films range from experimental narratives to artist documentaries, both short and featurelength. 

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.