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Babette Mangolte

BROADWAY 1602 | Uptown

For more than three decades filmmaker Babette Mangolte has documented, in still and moving images, the performances of artists and dancers, from her early chronicling of the work of Yvonne Rainer to her recording of Marina Abramović’s Seven Easy Pieces at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2005. Considering that she is esteemed as a director of splintered, nonnarrative, highly subjective experimental films and of equally exploratory documentaries (about Robert Bresson’s 1959 film Pickpocket, for example), it is a wonder that this was Mangolte’s first US solo exhibition. Forty-five black-and-white photographs, most from the mid to late ’70s, inhabited a room, a hallway, and an office in this apartment gallery.

Yvonne Rainer, Cape Cod 1972, one of the earliest images in the show, is a head shot of the choreographer facing away from the camera. Rainer’s dark bob sways in a slight breeze,

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