Anthony Hernandez, Landscapes for the Homeless, #17 (1989)
Courtesy the Whitney Museum for American Art
Anthony Hernandez, Landscapes for the Homeless, #17 (1989)

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'I, YOU, WE'
Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue
212-570-3600, whitney.org
Through September 1

Last in "I, YOU, WE" is the era's legendary photographic coda: Nan Goldin's 45-minute slide installation, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency. A picture carousel that constitutes the 1980s' longest love letter—it includes images of the artist and her friends as they careen through high-risk lives to middle age or death—this snapshot opera sounds the perfect elegiac note to close out this model political show. Like all deeply felt, thoroughgoing essays, it gifts the viewer with something fundamental that's gone mostly missing from today's commercially successful scene—art's commitment to the times it's lived through.

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