Nan Goldin, ‘David and Butch Crying at Tin Pan Alley, New York City’, 1981, The Museum of Modern Art

"Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency"

Venue: Museum of Modern Art, New York (2016)


About Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin’s richly colored snapshots capture a world that is universally human yet highly personal. The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, a filmic slideshow, presents hundreds of intense, intimate moments from Goldin’s life in New York during the 1970s and ‘80s—the artist in bed with her lover, drag queens kissing in bars, a man suffering from HIV. While Goldin, now recognized as a pioneer of diaristic photography, documents with unflinching candor a society ravaged by AIDS, drug addiction, and abuse, it is the empathy reflected in these images that imbue them with a remarkable lyricism. Unlike the cool detachment of documentary photography, taking pictures for Goldin is “a way of touching someone—a form of tenderness.”

American, b. 1953, Washington, D.C.

Exhibition Highlights

SHE PHOTOGRAPHS. A Feminine View of Photography: MMFA Acquisitions and Collections