Nan Goldin: Family History

Portland Museum of Art

Portland ME

10 SEP 2017 - 28 JAN 2018
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The diaristic photography of Nan Goldin from the 1970s to the present is at once deeply personal and resoundingly universal. Through her camera, a self-proclaimed extension of her own body, Goldin captures her world as it unfolds before her, against a backdrop of drag bars, New York City nightclubs, hotel rooms, hospitals, bathrooms and mirrors. After leaving her parents' suburban home at the age of thirteen, Goldin began to take pictures of the people who inhabited her evolving surroundings, with whom she formed a kind of alternate family, a 'chosen' family. Her thousands of photographs, taken in Boston, New York, Provincetown and abroad, offer a kaleidoscopic narrative of her personal history that not only relays her experience with unvarnished candor, but also pays homage to the people and places that helped to write it. In "creating a history by recording a history," Goldin sheilds her memories from revision or erasure by preserving them permanently in photographic form.

Visitor Reviews

Aurelie
Aurelie

Aurelie

Nan Goldin: Family History
@ Portland Museum of Art, Portland ME, USA
02 Nov, 2017

une atmosphère un peu spéciale pour cette expo mais l’ensemble n’est pas mal. Les deux films projetés sont assez bien faits. L’un met en parallèle des œuvres du Louvre avec des photos de l’artiste sur un fond musical assez envoûtant. C’est parfois un peu dérangeant mais globalement assez agréable à regarder et un moment plutôt apaisant. Ce n’est pas l’exposition de l’année mais ça vaut tout de même le coup d’y faire un tour si vous êtes à Portland.

Timothy
Timothy

Timothy

Nan Goldin: Family History
@ Portland Museum of Art, Portland ME, USA
31 Oct, 2017

A photography show that I felt shed light on the artist's world in an accessible way. It has both the photographs on the wall and slide shows accompanied by music and in one case the artist's narration which makes for a different visitor experience. This show and the fact that the PMA is always good for a stroll and coffee makes it a must if you're near or passing through Portland!