Goldin, Nan
U.S. (1953 - )
Ivy in the Boston Garden: Back
1973, printed later
Gelatin silver print
19 x 12 1/2 in. (48.3 x 31.7 cm) image size; 19 7/8 x 15 3/4 in. (50.5 x 40 cm) sheet size
Virginia and Bagley Wright Collection
FA 2014.176
Keywords: Human figure (female); Trees; Architecture (exterior) ; Recreation (park)

In the 1970s, Nan Goldin began making photographs directly from her personal life, particularly focusing her lens on individuals with whom she developed close relationships while living within the queer community. The photograph of Ivy walking through the Boston Public Garden, on your immediate right, is one of many Goldin made of her drag queen friends, with whom she became roommates soon after meeting in the early years of that decade. Through these images, Goldin sought to show the possibilities of a third gender in an otherwise binary system of female/male, and to express her admiration for their bravery to publically express their true, inner selves.

Label copy for The Time. The Place. Contemporary Art from the Collection, November 4, 2017 to April 22, 2018.

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