Collection Artwork
Nan Goldin (born Washington, D.C., 1953)
Suzanne and Phillippe on the train, Long Island
1985, published 1997
Cibachrome print
Artists Space (born New York, New York, 1972)
16 x 20 in.
frame size: 23 1/8 x 28 3/8 x 1 in.
Gift of Leslie Tonkonow, Class of 1974, and Klaus Ottmann
Long Island, New York, United States, North America

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Nan Goldin began to take photographs seriously in 1971. Her slide show of seven hundred images set to music toured clubs in the Unites States and Europe in the mid 1980s. A series of these photographs was famously exhibited and published as The Ballad of Sexual Dependency in 1986. In 1988, after drug rehabilitation, she completed a harsh series of self-portraits and finished a series consisting of portraits of transvestites and transsexuals.

The Family of Nan, taken during the years 1990-92 is a series of Cibachrome prints of beloved people in her life. Some of them are hospitalized and dying of AIDS. The strength of Nan Goldin’s work lies in the emotional collaboration between the friends and lovers portrayed by her and herself.

From the exhibition: Recent Acquisitions (February 2 – April 14, 2002)

Ongoing Research

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Contexts: Writing in the Museum
Recent Acquisitions
Pattern by Madeleine Welsch ’17
Inspired by the exhibition Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent
The Tang Pattern Project celebrates the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger, past and current Tang Design Interns created patterns inspired by the Museum’s exhibition and event history.