7.19/ EHHS: Exhibits at Clinton Academy — ‘Young Jackie’ & Press Photos — Aug 5 / Oct 8


East Hampton Historical Society new exhibitions:

Young Jackie on the South Fork

On view main floor, Clinton Academy

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Caught in a Flash: Press Photographs of East Hamptonites 1924-1975

On view second floor, Clinton Academy

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Both exhibitions will be open Saturday August 5 through Sunday October 8

August 1934: EXCLUSIVE Full-length portrait of Jacqueline Bouvier (1929 – 1995) leading her pony, ‘Buddy,’ at the Southampton Riding and Hunt Club for the annual horse show, Long Island, New York. (Photo by Morgan Collection/Getty Images)

Young Jackie on the South Fork explores the life of young Jackie Bouvier and her pastimes in the Hamptons captured through the lens of society photographer Bert Morgan.

Bert Morgan was the dean of high society photographers, covering the “Social Set” from the 1930’s to the 1980’s as they gathered in New York, Palm Beach, East Hampton, Southampton, Newport, Saratoga, and points in between. It was said that he agreed to never publish an unflattering photograph, which is why the rich and famous let him into their social functions, private clubs, and homes.

Bert was born in Northern England, came to America at age seven and grew up in Brooklyn. He began his career delivering newspapers and by age fifteen was working as a salesman syndicating photographs for the Chicago Tribune and the New York Daily News. In 1930 he began taking his own photographs with a camera he bought for a quarter. For the next five decades he would chronicle high society and its luminaries, as well as becoming the official photographer of the New York Racing Association. His work was published regularly in The Social Spectator, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Town and Country, and many newspapers.

Bert Morgan recognized that Jackie Bouvier was a star even at age five. Encouraged by Janet Lee Bouvier, Jackie’s socialite mother, Bert would seek out young Jackie when she participated in East End events—horse shows, dog shows, and fashion benefits. He photographed her as she grew from a child into a young adult.

Bert Morgan left behind an extensive collection of over 500,000 negatives taken throughout his career by himself and his son, Richard Morgan. The collection was purchased from Morgan’s estate in 2009 by Shelter Island-based film and photo archivist Patrick Montgomery. Working through Getty Images, Montgomery has made them available for use in magazines, books, and films. He has also combed through the archive, identified images which would be better served in their home communities, and donated these negatives to local historical societies and museums, including the East Hampton Historical Society and the Southampton Historical Museum. The idea for this exhibition, Young Jackie on the South Fork, and the exhibition on the second floor of the Clinton Academy, Caught in a Flash, grew out of this exchange. Montgomery, Richard Barons (former Executive Director, now Senior Curator), and East Hampton Historical Society trustee Frank Newbold developed the concept for the exhibitions, Greg Pasternack scanned the negatives, and Nathan Benn made the prints.

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Caught in a Flash: Press Photographs of East Hamptonites 1924-1975 features society photographs from the East Hampton Historical Society’s collection. Included are photographs of many local and summer residents of East Hampton enjoying a variety of year-round events from the Ladies Village Improvement Society Fair to trips to the beach and social clubs. Many faces may be familiar, and the fashion of the era is particularly notable, to be complimented by historic pieces from our collections.

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On Friday, August 4, from 5-7pm there will be a complimentary public opening at the Clinton Academy.

 

CONTACT:

East Hampton Historical Society (631) 324-6850, info@easthamptonhistory.org

Additional images are available

 

Young Jackie on the South Fork

Caught in a Flash: Press Photographs of East Hamptonites 1924-1975

Saturday August 5 through Sunday October 8

 

Clinton Academy, 151 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937

Open Saturdays from 10am-5pm, Sundays from 12-5pm

No admission charge, donations are greatly appreciated

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