In Conversation at the PMA: Nan Goldin

In Conversation at the PMA: Nan Goldin

Each year, the PMA hosts an annual Photography Fund Lecture which directly benefits the PMA’s Photography Fund—the museum’s fund for acquisition and conservation of the photography collection and related programming. For our 2017 lecture, we were thrilled and honored to have hosted Nan Goldin in conversation with collector and friend Michael Zilkha, moderated by our Deputy Director and Robert and Elizabeth Nanovic Chief Curator Jessica May.

The conversation recalls memories between friends, the culture of 1970s New York City, and the nature of Nan Goldin’s practice and work, including her undying pursuit to document the people in her life. In her description of her seminal slideshow The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, Nan explains “I am an artist of people. ...That’s primary for me. The medium I use is secondary. The slideshow started as a home movie for the people in it. And it continues to be for the people in it, and for the various cultures that I’m profoundly concerned with.” As a collector, Zilkha adds that “it’s about people, and it’s a diary, but more importantly to me it’s also profoundly beautiful work. It’s sensual, and light, and intelligent, and it’s very, very much alive.” 

Click the link below to hear more about Ballad and for the full conversation, and make sure to check out our Nan Goldin exhibition, on view through December 31st. 

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October 10, 2017
Communications Assistant

Maggie is a native of Hallowell, Maine. She is passionate about museums and art accessibility. At Simmons College in Boston, she studied Arts Administration with a focus on management and marketing. While in college she worked in education at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and interned at several other arts institutions including the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Boston Ballet. Upon graduation, she took a year to explore the south and work at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia. She is happy to be back in her favorite city, living in the west end with her dog, Phoebe.