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Nan Goldin at the MoMA

Nan Goldin at the MoMA

By Elana Kates

Nan Goldin (American, born 1953). Philippe H. and Suzanne Kissing at Euthanasia, New York City. 1981. Silver dye bleach print, printed 2008, 15 1/2 x 23 1/8″ (39.4 x 58.7 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase. © 2016 Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin (American, born 1953). Philippe H. and Suzanne Kissing at Euthanasia, New York City. 1981. Silver dye bleach print, printed 2008, 15 1/2 x 23 1/8″ (39.4 x 58.7 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase. © 2016 Nan Goldin

            Beginning in June, The Museum of Modern Art will be exhibiting Nan Goldin’s influential slideshow, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency. The Ballad, which was first publicly shown in 1985 at the Whitney Biennial, is presented in 35mm format. The work consists of almost 700 images—intimate, snapshot aesthetic portraits that chronicle hard-drug subculture in New York’s Lower East Side with remarkable empathy. Goldin is distinguished for these diaristic portrayals, which eschew a customarily detached method of documentary photography. Instead, her images are raw and candid in their frank depiction of a community devastated by the AIDS crisis.

Nan Goldin (American, born 1953). Trixie on the Cot, New York City. 1979. Silver dye bleach print, printed 2008, 15 1/2 x 23 1/8″ (39.4 x 58.7 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the generosity of Marian and James H. Cohen in memory of their son Michael Harrison Cohen. © 2016 Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin (American, born 1953). Trixie on the Cot, New York City. 1979. Silver dye bleach print, printed 2008, 15 1/2 x 23 1/8″ (39.4 x 58.7 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the generosity of Marian and James H. Cohen in memory of their son Michael Harrison Cohen. © 2016 Nan Goldin

The slideshow is accompanied with its original soundtrack, an atmospheric score of music by artists ranging from The Velvet Underground to Maria Callas. The exhibition appears with documents from the artist’s archives, including posters and flyers from early presentations of The Ballad. Live performances will periodically accompany the exhibition

  Nan Goldin (American, born 1953). Nan and Brian in Bed, New York City. 1983. Silver dye bleach print, printed 2006, 15 1/2 x 23 3/16″ (39.4 x 58.9 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the generosity of Jon L. Stryker. © 2016 Nan Goldin  

 

Nan Goldin (American, born 1953). Nan and Brian in Bed, New York City. 1983. Silver dye bleach print, printed 2006, 15 1/2 x 23 3/16″ (39.4 x 58.9 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the generosity of Jon L. Stryker. © 2016 Nan Goldin

 

Article © Elana Kates

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