Marian Goodman Gallery is pleased to announce the launch of a limited-edition tote bag, to coincide with the opening of Nan Goldin’s exhibition, Memory Lost, in its New York space. 100% of the profits from the sales of the bags will be donated to P.A.I.N (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now), a group founded by Goldin in 2017 to address the overdose crisis.
Using UV-printing, Goldin has adorned the front of the bag with her photo, Ivy in the Boston Garden, 1973, an image taken from her seminal slideshow and book, The Other Side, which was produced as an homage to the artist’s transgender friends whom she lived with and photographed from 1972 to 2010. The work celebrates the “gender euphoria” of her friends, in their possibilities for transcendence. In the introduction to the first edition of the book, The Other Side, published in 1992, Goldin wrote: “The people in these pictures are truly revolutionary; they are the real winners of the battle of the sexes because they have stepped out of the ring.” In the updated version of The Other Side, published by Steidl in 2019,Goldin reaffirms it as “a record of the courage of the people who transformed that landscape to allow trans people the freedom of now. My dream since I was a kid was of a world with completely fluid gender and sexuality, which has come true as manifested by all those living publicly as gender non-conforming. The invisible has become visible.”
In 2017, Goldin started her activist group P.A.I.N. (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now), addressing the overdose crisis. Through direct action, they have called out museums bearing the Sackler name and fought against the family who profited from Oxycontin. In 2020, they started the group OxyJustice to continue the fight against the Sacklers in bankruptcy court, whilst P.A.I.N has expanded its focus to the fight for progressive drug policy and harm-reduction-based healthcare.
100% of the profits from this sale will go to keeping P.A.I.N alive, as they continue to plan for future actions to hold Big Pharma accountable and pressure the government to provide life-saving treatments for drug users.
Retail price: $45.00 Bag dimensions: 16 x 13 x 5 in. (40.6 x 33 x 12.7 cm) Handle: 25 in. (63.5 cm) Inside Hanging Pocket: 9 x 9 in. (22.9 x 22.9 cm) Material: Black Cotton Bag manufacturer: ENVIRO-TOTE, INC. Printed by: Chroma Center