Nan Goldin
The Ballad of Sexual Dependency
at MoMA, New York

Ecstasy and Pain
11 June – 12 February, 2017

Showing almost 700 snapshot-like portraits sequenced against an evocative music soundtrack, Nan Goldin’s The Ballad of Sexual Dependency is a personal narrative, based on the artist’s own experiences around Boston, New York, Berlin, and elsewhere in the late 1970s, 1980s, and beyond. The protagonists of Goldin’s Ballad —including the artist herself—are captured in intimate moments of love and loss. They experience ecstasy and pain through sex and drug use; they revel at dance clubs with their children at home; and they suffer from domestic violence and the ravages of AIDS.
The Ballad is presented in its original 35mm format, along with photographs from the Museum’s collection. Introducing the installation is a selection of materials from the artist’s archive, including posters and flyers announcing early iterations of The Ballad. Live performances will periodically accompany The Ballad during the course of the MoMA’s presentation.

 

 

“THE DIARY IS MY FORM OF CONTROL OVER MY LIFE. IT ALLOWS ME TO OBSESSIVELY RECORD EVERY DETAIL. IT ENABLES ME TO REMEMBER.” – NAN GOLDIN