Chromogenic print, from the series "On This Site: Landscape in Memoriam," edition 1 of 7
Inscribed and signed recto, on mount, lower right, below image, in black ink: "The Happy Land Social Xlub, 1959 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York. (June 1993) / 1/7 Joel Sternfeld"; unmarked verso
The Happy Land Social Club was a popular, unlicensed Honduran social club. On March 25, 1990, Julio Gonzalez was thrown out of the club for quarreling with Lydia Feliciano, his former girlfriend and a Happy Land employee. He bought a dollar’s worth of gasoline, poured a trail of gas from the street through the club’s single doorway, ignited it, and left. The fire killed eighty-seven people. Lydia Feliciano was one of five survivors.
From the series, On This Site: Landscape in Memoriam
47.2 × 59.9 cm (image/paper); 71.3 × 82.8 cm (mount)
Acquired from the Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, through an Anonymous Gift
Extended information about this artwork
Art Institute of Chicago, “On This Site,” December 14, 1996 - April 18, 1997.
PaceWildensteinMacGill, Beverly Hills, CA, “On This Site,” April 25 -June 6, 1997.
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