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A Conversation With Nan Goldin and Jack Pierson

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 7:30 pm

MFA Photography, Video and Related Media presents a conversation between acclaimed photographer Nan Goldin and conceptual artist Jack Pierson on the occasion of Pierson’s exhibition, “Pomegranates at Lisson Gallery.” The conversation will be orchestrated by faculty member Lyle Rexer.

Jack Pierson employs photography, collage, sculptural assemblage and installation in pursuit of love, longing, kinship, poetry, celebration, youth, fantasy and identity. The artist’s mode of non-hierarchical cultural compilation and a process of impulse-led editing allows Pierson to create personal and universal narratives across his multidisciplinary practice. Emerging from the 1980s milieu of the Boston School of documentarian photographers, Pierson was instead drawn into a world of gendered, punk-influenced performativity, and was greatly influenced by the more tactile work of his friend, Mark Morrisroe.

Emerging from the artist’s own life and relationships, and including herself as a subject, Nan Goldin’s work has transformed the role of photography in contemporary art. Her photographs and moving-image works address essential themes of identity, love, sexuality, addiction and mortality. Uniting art and activism, Goldin has confronted the HIV/AIDS epidemic since the 1980s and today brings international attention to the overdose crisis.

This event is free and open to the public.