The Happy Land Social Club, 1959 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx, New York

A work made of chromogenic print, from the series "on this site: landscape in memoriam," edition 1 of 7.

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  • A work made of chromogenic print, from the series "on this site: landscape in memoriam," edition 1 of 7.

Date:

June 1993

Artist:

Joel Sternfeld
American, born 1944

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Artist

Joel Sternfeld

Title

The Happy Land Social Club, 1959 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx, New York

Origin

United States

Date

1993

Medium

Chromogenic print, from the series "On This Site: Landscape in Memoriam," edition 1 of 7

Inscriptions

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

Dimensions

47.2 × 59.9 cm (image/paper); 71.3 × 82.8 cm (mount)

Credit Line

Acquired from the Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, through an Anonymous Gift

Reference Number

1997.273

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