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Babette Mangolte

BROADWAY 1602 | Uptown

For “Collision,” her second solo show at Broadway 1602, avant-garde filmmaker and documentary photographer Babette Mangolte opted, as the title suggests, to bring together the many materials, methods, and periods of her production. Mangolte is, of course, known by now—the woman behind the lens, producing images of so many of the most germinal performances of the 1970s and beyond; without her, we would have much less of the still scant “proof” of events by Trisha Brown, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Whitman, and Richard Foreman, to name just a few. But although Mangolte’s complicated position as “documenter” of ephemeral actions has recently begun to receive serious attention (regarding the ways in which her images operate after the fact, for instance; or how she is, as cameraperson, both present and totally absent, rarely pictured), her various modes of production are too often held apart. “

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