Lunch Time Talk

Sabina Streeter  & Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan  Discuss

Tarnished Angels:

Douglas Sirk’s America.


Saturday, April 29th, 2023 | 12 PM



Members: Free, RSVP Required

Non-Members: $10


I want you, Mitch, Sabina Streeter, Charcoal and Pastel on paper, 36×24;
Sabina Streeter at work. Photo by Mohna Hoppe.


Join us at The Church for a Lunch Time Talk between artist Sabina Streeter and Sag Harbor Cinema’s Founding Artistic Director Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan as they discuss Streeter’s concurrent exhibition at the Cinema entitled Tarnished Angels: Douglas Sirk’s America, inspired by the work of Hollywood Director Douglas Sirk (1897-1987). On view at the Cinema through the end of April, Streeter’s display of works on paper and ephemera are in direct response to her own family’s relationship with Sirk, as well as his lasting relevance as a filmmaker. Sirk’s work, which was the subject of a retrospective at the Cinema in March, features protagonists in conflict with their environment and touches upon double standards of gender and issues of race and class. Streeter and D’Agnolo Vallan will discuss the genesis of the exhibition and explore their shared passion for Sirk’s films, which include Imitation of Life, Written on the Wind, All That Heaven Allows, There Is Always Tomorrow, and Tarnished Angels.

Streeter met Sirk in the late 60s as a child in Switzerland, where he and his wife settled after returning from the United States. Having befriended Streeter’s parents, Sirk had asked her mother, the documentary filmmaker Eva Hassencamp, to assist him on what would have been his last film, Homes Lost. Sirk died in 1987 before the completion of the film. Since the 1980s, Streeter has consistently used figurative visual language in her works, which reinterpret the protagonists of cinema in close-ups on canvas or paper. Streeter’s visual elaborations of Sirk’s film frames have been exhibited in Munich and Berlin.



Sabina Streeter is a contemporary artist whose portraits are based on classical traditions and include an extraordinarily diverse range of present and historical figures. Streeter enlarges reality, then cuts to the emotional with an unblinking clarity of detail. Her work dramatizes issues of history, popular culture, and universal longing. The freely gestural strokes are executed in charcoal, pastel, gouache, and oil, resulting in a movement between figurative painting and abstraction. As Alanna Heiss, founder of MoMA PS1, observes, “Sabina’s work has a unique conceptual content and aura of cool detachment that is ironic without being jaded or exaggerated. If I had to choose one living artist to distill my likeness on canvas, it would be her.” Sabina Streeter was born in Munich, Germany to a family of artists. She lives and works in Sag Harbor since 1992.



Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan has served as an U.S. Programmer and Selection Committee Member of the Venice Film Festival since 2008. Her retrospectives have been featured at renowned institutions worldwide, including Film Forum, The Metrograph, the Museum of Moving Image in New York, the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles, La Cinémathèque Française in Paris, and the Brisbane and Melbourne Film Festival.

Among her books are monographs devoted to Clint Eastwood, John Carpenter, George Romero, Walter Hill, John Milius, Robert Aldrich, William Friedkin, and John Landis. Her last volume, Altman, was published by Abrams Books in 2014. D’Agnolo Vallan covers the most prestigious film festivals and serves on international film juries. Her involvement in the Sag Harbor Cinema started in 2009. She was responsible, together with producer Andrew Fierberg, for the original proposal that has served as the blueprint for the new Cinema.


The Church was established in 2019 by artists Eric Fischl and April Gornik. Housed in a deconsecrated 19th-century church, its doors were opened in April 2021. Our mission is to foster creativity and honor the living history of Sag Harbor as a maker village. The East End represents an exceptional artistic legacy, spanning the practices of indigenous art of several centuries ago, Abstract Expressionists of the mid-20th Century, and the many celebrated writers, makers, musicians, and visual artists of the recent past and current moment. Core programming includes visual art exhibitions, concerts and events, educational programming, workshops, lectures, and an artist’s residency.


Portrait of Sabina Streeter by Cerstin Shönfeldt.

Photo of  Guilia D’Agnolo Vallan Courtesy of Sag Harbor Cinema.


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