Get a peek at fashion photographer Bert Stern's limited-edition photographs of Marilyn Monroe at this free exhibit at HGU New York Hotel. The original works, which are on display through its restaurant Lumaca and the Lumaca Lounge, are black-and-white and sepia photographs with the themes of red based on Stern's shoot with her for Vogue in 1962. It would be the last sitting for portraits she would ever do.
"Bert captured Marilyn in a series of images so comprehensively," says curator Shannah Laumeister Stern, wife of the late Stern. "He went beyond her external and ethereal beauty to her essence. Marilyn seemed to trust Bert and let go in ways she had never before. She was free and playful, and Bert captured the total of her with the reverence and passion he felt. They had a relationship through what they both related to most, the lens of the camera."
In honor of the exhibition, the Lumaca Lounge will have a Marilyn cocktail (spiced pear liquer with rhubarb bitters and CinZano prosecco).