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Christy's Art Center Displays Bert Stern's Stills and Sketches in "Lolita in Sag Harbor" by Stephanie Murg

Christy's Art Center Displays Bert Stern's Stills and Sketches in "Lolita in Sag Harbor" by Stephanie Murg

Christy's Art Center Displays Bert Stern's Stills and Sketches in "Lolita in Sag Harbor" by Stephanie Murg originally published in Hamptons Magazine. 

“Lolita in Sag Harbor” explores an iconic movie image in the place where it came to life.

Little-known fact: The famous poster image of Sue Lyon, star of Stanley Kubrick’s 1962 film Lolita—with heartshaped sunglasses, pursed lips, and lollipop, all gleaming cherry-red— was created in Sag Harbor. The sultry publicity stills shot by legendary photographer Bert Stern are now on display, with his sketches and notes, at Christy’s Art Center.

The Search for Love and Lolita in Sag Harbor by Annette Hinkle

The Search for Love and Lolita in Sag Harbor by Annette Hinkle

The Search for Love and Lolita in Sag Harbor by Annette Hinkle originally published in Sag Harbor Express.

In the summer of 1961, photographer Bert Stern traveled from New York City to Sag Harbor with a 15-year old actress and her mother.

The trio stayed at the home of stylist Nancy Pearl and her husband, Arnold, and for the next seven days, Stern shot countless roles of film of the young actress in various Sag Harbor locations — on the porch of The American Hotel, in front of Barons Cove Inn, and through the mullioned-windowed door of the long-gone Bayview Hotel (now the site of People’s United bank).

Finally, he took the young actress to Pierson High School where he photographed her in a car after outfitting her with a series of all-American props he had picked up at the Sag Harbor Variety store, including lollipops, American flags, and a 39-cent pair of red heart shaped glasses.