Group Grope
Art Acquisition Fund

frame, mat, plex
Ink stamp on verso, center: "LARRY KEENAN, JR. / 7101 SARONI DR. / OAKLAND, CA 94611 / (415) 339-9733"; "THIS PHOTOGRAPH / IS COPYRIGHTED. IT / MAY NOT BE REPRO- / DUCED WITHOUT / WRITTEN / AUTHORIZATION"Handwritten in ink, center verso: "10/20"; "1996"; "GROUP GROPE"
Micaëla Gallery, San Francisco, "Larry Keenan," September 6 - 30, 2006.

This is a black and white photograph that shows a group of young men and women in various stages of undress rolling around on a lawn. A dog and a monkey are visible at the edge of the group just above center in the composition. Nearby, a woman wearing a fringed jacket with long straight hair reclines on the ground with her back to the viewer.

Micaëla Gallery printout:"GENERATION GAP / Los Altos Hills 1969 / In the hills I was shooting a session with some medical students from Stanford and the Sexual Freedom League illustrating a Ken Kesey project. The basic premise was that the doctors spend all their time at school and in hospitals and are not exposed to the free life in the real world. Kesey felt that they were losing their sensitivity. This unknown old man walked in and sat down on the bench among some people sitting around. Suddenly they all got up, took off their clothes and danced around him. He refused to remove his clothes even when the women pulled at them. Everyone kept asking 'Who is that old man?'"

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