“The Ballad of Sexual Dependency is the diary I let people read,” Goldin wrote. “The diary is my form of control over my life. It allows me to obsessively record every detail. It enables me to remember.”
Sections of portraits that depict people experience ecstasy and pain through sex and drug use, domestic violence, ravages of AIDS, nightclub moments.
Music is a main point of the exhibit. As MoMA announced: “Titled after a song in Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera, Goldin’s Ballad is itself a kind of downtown opera”.
Moreover, The Ballad has an evocative music soundtrack – from Maria Callas to The Velvet Underground – and it developed through multiple improvised live performances that will periodically accompany the exhibition during the course of the Museum’s presentation.