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In conversation: Nan Goldin and Dr Nicholas Cullinan

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17 November 2019, 16:30-17:30

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Fully booked

Self-portrait smoking, Simon's house, Stockholm, 2013 © Nan Goldin Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery
Self-portrait smoking, Simon's house, Stockholm, 2013
© Nan Goldin Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery

To coincide with the opening of her major new exhibition, Sirens, at Marian Goodman Gallery, we are delighted to welcome one of the most important and influential artists of her generation, Nan Goldin, who will be in conversation with Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director, National Portrait Gallery. Nan will talk about her life, portraiture and this new major exhibition, the first solo presentation by the artist in London since the Whitechapel Art gallery in 2002, which presents an important range of historical works together with three new video works exhibited for the first time.

Nan Goldin was born in Washington, D.C. in 1953 and lives and works in New York, Paris and Berlin. Her work has been the subject of two major touring retrospectives: one organized in 1996 by the Whitney Museum of American Art and another, in 2001, by the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and Whitechapel Art Gallery, London. A new commission for the Palace of Versailles exhibition Visible/Invisible is on view in Versailles, France until 20 October 2019. Recent solo exhibitions include The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, Tate Modern, London, UK, 2019; Fata Morgana, Château d’Hardelot, Condette, France, 2018; Weekend Plans, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, 2017; Nan Goldin, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME, USA, 2017; The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA, 2016. Nan Goldin has been the recipient of numerous awards including most recently the Ruth Baumgarte Award, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, 2019 and The Centenary Medal, London, 2018. Goldin was received into the French Legion of Honour in 2006 and awarded the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in 2007.

Nicholas Cullinan took up his position as the Director of the National Portrait Gallery in spring 2015 following his role as Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Prior to this, from 2007 to 2013, Nicholas was Curator of International Modern Art at Tate Modern where he co-curated an exhibition of Henri Matisse's cut-outs at Tate Modern with Sir Nicholas Serota in 2014, the most successful in the Gallery's history, attracting more than 500,000 visitors. Nicholas received his BA, MA and PhD in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and in 2006–7 he held the Hilla Rebay International Fellowship at the Guggenheim museums in Bilbao, New York and Venice. Other fellowships and honours include the Thaw Senior Research Fellowship at The Morgan Library and Museum, New York, a Courtauld Institute of Art Scholarship; a Leverhulme Studentship; Rome Scholar at the British School at Rome, Edmond J. Safra Scholarship, Courtauld Institute of Art and an Arts and Humanities Research Board Postgraduate Award.