Babette Mangolte: A Photo Installation at PS One
Landscapes and History
About Looking
Art Lies and Videotapes: Exposing Performance
Spaces to see, stories to tell
Looking and touching
 "How to Look… 2010”
(Whitney biennial)
"While Bodies get mirrored"
(Migros Museum, Zurich, 2010)
Movement and Stills
(New York City, 2010)
Yvonne Rainer: Testimony to Improvisation (1972-75)
(Glasgow, UK, 2010)
Éloge du Vert
(Homage to the Color Green)
VOX, Montréal, Canada 2013
Inhotim, Brazil, 2013
Show curated by Rodrigo Moura: Opening October 24, 2013 for two years till 2015
I = EYE Babette Mangolte
(Solo Show at Kunsthalle in Vienna, Austria 2016)
Roof Piece Installation
Three contiguous screens with projections of 2K video from 16mm films from the 1973 performance July 1, 1973
(Bordeaux Centre of Contemporary Art, France, 2018)
Spaces TO SEE
(Solo Show at Rochechouart Museum of Contemporary Art,
in Rochechouart, France 2019)

RUSHES P.S. One Dismantle is a multi-media installation revisiting a photo installation at P.S. One in New York City in 1978, a film made of the de-installation of the same show, a reworking of the material in 1994-1995 that envisions the possibility of violence and destruction of the photographs exposed, the script of a non existent sound track, and a table top presentation of the actual tools used to ink the backing of the photo cards exposed on the table with two decks of photo cards.

This installation mirrors the setting of the 1978 installation, replacing the large wall of photos by a film that evokes an implied destruction. The table now shows in a more contained display the tools used in 1978 to make the backing of the deck of cards but still allowed for a reduced possibility of direct manipulation of the photo cards by the visitor.

The participation of the viewer is more conceptual than physical.

Museum Ludwig, Cologne
Installation Photographs thanks to Broadway 1602

List of elements:

DVD loop 19 minutes 58 seconds, Silent
Six film clips

Three vintage photographs organized in a row from 1978 that announced the work in progress placed right to the screen.


Program Notes about HOW TO LOOK... at the piece with multiple options (original from 1978)

Two pages script written in 1994-95 for a film that has yet to be made placed at left of screen and describing at length sounds and voice over.

Two vintage photo-montages from 1977 made as test for a flyer for The Camera: Je, La Camera: I with Stuart Sherman's portrait and a row of building on Canal Street, New York, placed at right of screen. It is the work on the flyer that led to the subsequent 1978 installation re-imagined here.

A table around 2 meters by 50 cm wide with a deck of cards with blue backing that can be manipulated with on the left a glass case protecting the tools used to ink the back of the cards plus a second set of cards with silver backing.

The walls for the installation should be painted very light grey as well as the table and the support for the program notes. The film is projected as a loop on the wall painted with silver paint that increases the brightness of the video projection of the film shot in color about black and white photography. The video projector should be hanged from the ceiling so it is not blocking the view from the table to the screen.


The voice over start as a recollection of a memory

It was a long time ago...

Long Island City, across the river from New York City

and transformed itself to a reading voice (the voice is very internalized and should not project.)

.. P.S. One, Room 204 .. until May 28, open till 6 p.m.

How to look ... to be read during, before, or after (or never) the visit.


This installation is dedicated to all my models

A photo installation How to look...

Reading Scanning the program note very fast on the pan LS program notes

You can look at the view, ....... to be logical about it and start from A ...

The voice over become more interrogative

You really have to look at two things at once.

How can you look at two things at once?

two kinds of pictures, buildings and people ...

Did it say you can touch the photographs?

you, you, you, you, .... (with sound of tearing cards)

CU program notes: Visit Reverie

Cut to LS of the space with nothing disturbed


The voice is constructed as the one of the maker of the photo installation

The show was on for a month. There was no security in the gallery. Often the visitor was left alone in the space for several hours, specially on week days. What could happen?

Several cards were found missing at the end of each days. My biggest surprise was that no more than a couple of photocards were stolen each days, mostly the composite card 10 (my favorite) and two of the portraits cards; there were of famous personalities in the Soho Art World of the time and I was prepared with replacement cards.

....and able to transgress and invents his rules. Opened four days a week, every days some of the cards on the table were missing. Strangely enough the wall was never touched. The show was read as a play on distance. The cards, which disappeared the most, were the one of Kate and Richard, two celebrities of the portraits series. One of the composite pictures was also a great favorite. Nobody was interested in the baby pictures, as expected.

Surprisingly so few visitors gave themselves the permission to be outrageous with the installation. Give permission: that was what the show was all about. The visitor was given the possibility to invent, subvert, and redefine its own rules. The concept for the show was simple: the distance at which you see construct what you see.

I am not sure that visitors were able to identify several viewing experiences for themselves. The program notes alluded to a multiplicity of readings but most people privileged one. The majority was fascinated with the large wall. The size was an impressive 24 feet by 16 feet. The distance of the banister was at 12 feet. The banister was outlining the diverseness of the visitor’s experience of the show. Another way to describe it: see the details up close with the cards, or see the whole at a distance: one or the other. Few people experienced both.

About the wall you can’t see it in one look. You’re too far to see details, to close to see it in its entirety without moving your head.

I dreamt of a revolt.

I never knew who had opened the window, or who gave the sign to start ripping everything apart.

The photographs suddenly were seen without frame.

Fragmentation is self-contained and impossible.

Technical requirement:

1 DVDs player, 1 video projectors focused on prepared surfaces painted white, 1 table, a "glass cage" on the table, a display for three vintahe photos and a stool for stack of Program Notes.