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Longhouse Reserve 2016 Jubilee Year Summer Benefit and Celebrating 25 Years

Editor in chief: Najaam Lee
Contributing Location Writer: Mitchell Acks
Photo credit: Patrick McMullan

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Breathtaking views of beautiful 16 acres East Hampton grounds which Longhouse Reserves sit on. The Serious Moonlight gala took place here. Saturday, July 23, 2016, the LongHouse Reserve, a non profit arboretum, art museum, sculpture garden, and educational organization founded by legendary textile designer Jack Lenor Larsen, hosted its 2016 Jubilee Year Summer Benefit called  SERIOUS MOONLIGHT- Celebrating 25th Anniversary. Honouring sisters Molly Chappellet and Luanne Wells with the LongHouse Arts Patron Award, which was presented to them by Martha Stewart, making her third appearance at LongHouse Reserve this year. The event raised over $500,000.00

As I said, this was a Star Studded event that all the whose who was among the many guests attended including a mix of artists, performers, curators, and cultural movers and shakers: Robert Wilson, Cindy Sherman, Fred Savage and his wife Lynn, Alice Aycock, Nicole Miller, Mary Jane Marcasiano, Ralph Pucci, Sherri Donghia, Ralph Gibson, Larry Warsh, interior designer Alex Papachristidis and Scott Nelson, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Elizabeth Strong-Cuevas, Veronica Atkins, April Gornik and Eric Fischl, Emilia Kabakov, Lucy Winton and Bryan Hunt, Lynda Benglis, Mary Heilmann, Lana Jokel, Alexandra Munroe, Bridget Fleming, Bonnie Comley and Stewart Lane, Ron Guttman, dancer Jonah Bokaer, Terri Sultan of the Parrish Museum and Andrea Grover of Guild Hall.

Guests entered through a leafy “Walking Through Time” tunnel that transported them into a magical universe of sounds, movement and art. Guests were treated to a surprise serenade by the cool contemporary classical music composer, Nico Muhly, who performed his pieces “Quiet Music” and “A Hudson Cycle”. He’s the youngest composer ever to be commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera and has received additional commissions from Carnegie Hall, the Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Library of Congress.
Dancers from NYU, led by LongHouse Creative Scholarship award winner and NYU graduate Em Watson, greeted guests with a performance amongst the sculpture gardens.

Other guests who came to party and celebrate this milestone 25th year included artists and supporters such as Dr. Andre Goy and Jeffrey Ornstein, Kiki Spensieri and Scott Kilgour, Elizabeth and Mark Levine, Steve Miller, Ted Hartley, Johnny Swing, Peter Dayton, Ryan McGinness, Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder, Katja Goldman and Michael Sonnenfeld, Dr. Vincent Covello, Jo Ann and Lee Skolnick, Fern and Lenard Tessler, Edwina von Gal, Marcia Wilson and Herb Hellman, Alison Mazzola, Sylvia Mazzola, Dr. Young Yang Chung, Jack Youngerman, Alison Mazzola, Sylvia Mazzola, and Barbara and Mark Zand.


LongHouse Reserve is a non profit organization with 16 beautiful acres in East Hampton, New York. Through its art collections, arboretum, sculpture gardens, and educational programs, LongHouse Reserve brings together art and nature, aesthetics and spirit, with the strong conviction that living with art in all its forms is central to living fully and living creatively. It seeks to expand the imaginations of all its visitors, no matter what age or level of appreciation.

Each year the LongHouse Reserve presents major exhibitions in the pavilion and the gardens. Currently, there are more than 60 sculptures for the gardens including works of glass by Dale Chihuly, ceramics by Toshiko Takaezu, bronzes by Kiki Smith, Eric Fischl, Lynda Benglis and Willem de Kooning. Other Works on display by George Rickey, Alfonso Ossorio, Yoko Ono, Pavel Opocensky, and Takashi Soga are also on view, while the installation of a “Fly’s Eye Dome” designed by Buckminster Fuller and a site-specific Sol LeWitt piece add interesting scale and dimension.

LongHouse is currently open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 2:00-5:00pm through the end of August, then Wednesday and Saturday from 2:00-5:00pm until October 8. Admission is $10 and $8 for seniors. Admission is free for LongHouse members, children under 12 and high school and college students with ID.
Location 133 Hands Creek Road, East Hampton, New York 11937

To learn more about LongHouse Reserve please visit www.longhouse.org


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