English Speaking Union, New York City, December 1975

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English Speaking Union, New York City, December 1975

1975

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Larry Fink

(American, b. 1941)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 25 x 24.8 cm (9 13/16 x 9 3/4 in.); Paper: 35.4 x 27.8 cm (13 15/16 x 10 15/16 in.); Matted: 40.6 x 50.8 cm (16 x 20 in.)

Gift of Mark Schwartz and Bettina Katz in honor of Barbara Tannenbaum 2012.463.7

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Description

Larry Fink looks for the moments that reveal the tensions that often underpin social events—people uncomfortable in dress-up clothes and high heels, forced smiles, fake kisses, and awkward social situations. And yes, boredom.

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