Photos: LongHouse Reserve’s Winter Benefit

LongHouse Reserve 2017 Winter Benefit, Honoring Architect Team Tod Williams and Billie Tsien

I’ve been wanting to share my experiences from LongHouse Reserve’s fantastic annual Winter Benefit since last week but haven’t been able to get around to it until now. Apologies for my delay.

It was one of those incredible evenings where I found myself reveling in wonder and amazement at being in the same room with so many people who have changed our world. Man, that’s some heady stuff. Words might not be able to capture it but hopefully these photos by Patrick McMullan will. Enjoy!

Want to learn more? Here’s all the info: LongHouse Reserve celebrated the start of their 26th season with a Winter Benefit at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center on Wednesday, February 15, honoring husband and wife architectural team, and Barack Obama Presidential Center designersTod Williams and Billie Tsien.

The non-profit arboretum, art museum, sculpture garden, and educational organization based in East Hampton, drew a diverse group of guests including LongHouse Reserve Founder Jack Lenor Larsen, President Dianne Benson and Executive Director Matko Tomicic. Former LongHouse honorees Hugh Hardyand Barbara Slifka were in attendance, along with architect Steven Holl, Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown,  and artists Helena Hernmarck, Shen Wei, and Eleanor Alper -. Distinguished guests included Ron Kaplan and Toni Ross, Adelaide De MenilLouis and Jane GroppDeborah NevinsSherri DonghiaPeter OlsenAlexandra MunroeMark and Elizabeth LevineLee Skolnick, Nina Gillman, Jane and David Walentas, Herb Hellman and Marcia WilsonR. Couri HayAlison Mazzola and Sylvia Mazzola, Alexandra Munroe, Lori and Alexandre Chemla, Franklin Getchell and Murray Moss, Neda Young, James Cottrell and Joseph Lovett, Joy and Bruce Habian, Ed Howard, Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder, Cathleen McGuigan, Warrie and Jim Price, Amy Schichtel.

As guests gathered in the atrium, also designed by the honorees, architectural critic, educator and Contributing Editor for Vanity FairPaul Goldberger took to the stage to present the LongHouse Award, and moderate a lively conversation with honorees Williams and Tsien about their philosophy, love for LongHouse, and what it’s like to work with the former President and First Lady of the United States. Attendees were then treated to the first private screening of “LARSENWORLD: LONGHOUSE IN EAST HAMPTON,” a film created by LongHouse as the pinnacle of its 25th year triumphs.

The reception and screening were followed with a dinner at the residence of Katja Goldman and Michael Sonnenfeldt at the iconic San Remo building on Central Park West.

Chosen in 2016 as the designers of the Barack Obama Presidential Center, Williams and Tsien have received more than two dozen awards from the American Institute of Architects over the past three decades, as well as numerous national and international citations. Their many accomplishments include the design of the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Logan Center for the Arts in Chicago, and the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center.

This event was made possible with the generous support of Adelaide de Menil ,Katja Goldman and Michael Sonnenfeldt, and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners.

About LongHouse ReserveLongHouse Reserve is a not-for-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 Eric Fischl,Lynda Benglis and Willem de Kooning. Works by George RickeyAlfonso Ossorio, Yoko OnoPavel 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. 

Admission is $10 and $8 for seniors. Admission is free for LongHouse members, children under 12 and high school and college students with ID. LongHouse Reserve is located at 133 Hands Creek Road, East Hampton, New York 11937.

Summer Reading List


Since tomorrow is the fall equinox, I’m technically not out of time for this summer reading list, though I am not very timely as it relates to practicality. Apologies. It’s been a busy season.

Even though the autumn is upon us, there’s still plenty of time to head to the beach with your favorite book. Just pack a layer or two in case it gets slightly chilly. Since Labor Day, I’ve been doing my best to catch up on my stack of summer reading. I’ve managed to not just plow through a bunch of books by local authors/novels with East End connections but also to discover a few really, really great reads.

Here’s what’s been on my bedside table of late, in reading order. Thanks and apologies to the authors and press people who have been kept waiting.

“Living with Lexington” by Kristina Lindhe. I browsed through this beautiful coffee table book by one of our favorite frequent visitors from Sweden who also spends tons of time in East Hampton (yes, there are, surprisingly, a few of them) when I got it earlier in the summer. But then I revisited it the second I could, actually diving in the night of what was supposed to be our big tropical storm Hermine, right after my duties were completed at Grand Prix Day at the Hampton Classic. This book is gorgeous. And Kristina Lindhe, the Founder/CEO/Creative Director of The Lexington Company, is an absolute doll. The book is a perfect blend of her simply elegant style. Love it! So glad I own it.

“The Westhampton Leisure Hour and Supper Club” by Samantha Bruce-Benjamin. Hand-delivered to me by Bonnie Grice, our friend-in-common–who absolutely raved about this book–it became immediately clear to me that Ms. Bruce-Benjamin did her homework about the Hurricane of 1938, the history of the East End and the people who inhabited it at that time. The novel, a slow-burn thriller of sorts with a dash of Edith Wharton thrown in, really transported me and I enjoyed it immensely. Can’t wait to read what Ms. Bruce-Benjamin writes next.

“Bright, Precious Days” by Jay McInerney. Oh boy oh boy was I ever thrilled to dive in to this one. Having read and loved his two previous stories about the lives of Russell and Corrinne Calloway (as well as most of his other work in books and magazines too) I was champing at the bit to learn every little facet of these fascinating character’s lives. This third installment most definitely did not disappoint. Jay, please write more. And then more. And then more. Bravo!

“Learning From LongHouse” by Jack Lenor Larsen. Those who know me know how much I love LongHouse. I will treasure this book always. It’s a wonderful picture story interwoven with the genius of Jack Larsen, who is, in my opinion, the most significant textile designer gracing this planet today and a heck of a personal inspiration.

“Seinfeldia” by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong. I’ve always been a huge fan of the show, and still watch it when I can. What I like about this book is that it tells the story from inside, with lots and lots of great stories from the writers. It’s less a fan’s book about the actors, though there are plenty of interesting details there too, than it is a story about the people behind the scenes. Definitely not a book about nothing. I ripped through this book on the plane headed to a wine country trip to California and thoroughly enjoyed every page. I also read “The Inseparables” by Stuart Nadler and “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins on that trip and highly recommend both, though neither has a Hamptons connection that I know of, besides being on the shelves at our local libraries and bookstores.

I’ve still got a handful to read, including “Rembrandt’s Shadow” by Janet Lee Berg. That one’s on the top of my list, especially since Janet was the host of my old writing group years ago and I adore her. Plus, the based-on-a-true-story novel about stolen artwork and the Nazis looks to be absolutely riveting. After that, I’m diving in to “Shrink: The Autobiography of a Psychotherapist” by Dr. Martin Obler, with Jed Golden, and “Without a Head” of th “Dying To Be Beautiful” series by M. Glenda Rosen. Cheers to cracking open a good book or two.



Photos: Concert for Dogs at LongHouse


Dawn Watson photos.

This past Saturday brought us  one of the most unique and fun events in a long time when Laurie Anderson brought her “Concert for Dogs” to LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton. The world-renowned avant-garde artist, composer, musician and film director put on her canine concert alongside cellist Rubin Kodheli.

Lots and lots of dog lovers, including some pretty famous ones in the art world, brought their beloved pooches to the remarkable event,  held in the LongHouse amphitheater on the Reserve’s 16-acre grounds.

A share of the proceeds from the Concert for Dogs benefitted ARF, aka the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, a charity dedicated to providing for the welfare of animals on the South Fork of Long Island. The concert was followed by a reception in the gardens, where pups and their owners enjoyed refreshments amongst the lush grounds. It was the first time that dogs were welcomed to LongHouse.

All photos by Dawn Watson.



Photos: Serious Moonlight at LongHouse Reserve


All photos by Dawn Watson for LongHouse Reserve.

In counting my favorite benefits, LongHouse Reserve has always been at the very top of the list. Having been to nearly every summer fundraiser at the 16-acre East Hampton garden/arboretum/sculpture grounds/museum for the past decade, I have to say that Saturday’s event, “Serious Moonlight”for the 25th anniversary Jubilee Year celebration, was the absolute best. So many friends and serious supporters turned out to pay a visit and their respects to founder Jack Lenor Larsen and his East Hampton-based garden of delights, netting $500,000 in the process. It was a beautiful night under the Serious Moonlight, not soon to be forgotten.

This year’s honorees were sisters Molly Chappellet and Luanne Wells, who both received the LongHouse Arts Patron Award, which was presented by Martha Stewart–all longtime friends of Jack.

Other notables who turned out: 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, Alex Papachristidis Scott Nelson, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Elizabeth Strong-Cuevas, Veronica Atkins, April Gornik, Eric Fischl, Emilia Kabakov, Lucy Winton, Bryan Hunt, Lynda Benglis, Mary Heilmann, Lana Jokel, Alexandra Munroe, Bridget Fleming, Bonnie Comley, Stewart Lane, Ron Guttman, Terri Sultan, Andrea Grover, Steve Miller, Bonnie Grice, Yuka Silvera, Uko and Hideki Morita, Joe Pintauro, Eric Dever, Dianne B (who received a special award from Jack), Lys Marigold, Nico Muhly (who performed a seriously fun mini concert), Nona Hendryx (who rocked it out), Matko Tomicic, Em Watson, Florence Fabricant, Regina Weinreich, Elizabeth and Mark Levine, Steve Miller, Elizabeth Birkelund, Bastienne Schmidt, Ted Hartley, Ralph Gibson, Johnny Swing, Peter Dayton, Ryan McGinness, Laurie Lambrecht, Elena Glynn, Nina Gillman, Lynda Benglis, Bryan Hunt, 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, Terrie Sultan, Christopher French, Jennifer Landes, Andrea Grover, Jack Youngerman,  to name several dozen.  : )

Pre-Weekend Hot Picks June 23-25


Boy oh boy is it ever busy! I say this every single week and then the next week even more things get crammed onto the ol’ calendar. To borrow from the Beastie Boys, I think there will be no sleep ’til Brooklyn, or at least until after the Allure of the East End Arts Panel I’m participating in on Sunday at Art Hamptons. Other panelists include Christina Strassfield of Guild Hall and Helen Harrison of the Pollock-Krasner House. The moderator is Pat Rogers from Hamptons Art Hub. It will be super fun but man am I ever out of my league here with these seriously heavy hitters. Thank goodness they are all so fantastic!

Of course the big art event kicks off tomorrow night, that’s Thursday, June 23, with a preview, whose proceeds will benefit LongHouse Reserve, and runs through Sunday, June 26. Need to know more? Click here for a preview article I wrote for the Sag Harbor Express.

Here are a few of the other program highlights for this year’s show.


What else is happening? What else ISN’T happening is the better question. Here are a few fun things that are of interest, including a Hinckley Experience sea trial in Sag Harbor courtesy The Hamptonite ClubGarnet Hill and Hamptons Beachouse book signing with Jefferson Hayman in Bridgehampton, a “30 Squared” art exhibit at the Water Mill Museum, “The Magic of Russia” dance extraordinaire with Barynya at the Southampton Cultural Center, “The Hamptons” book signing with Michael Clinton at the Mark Humphrey Gallery in Southampton and Todd Merrell open studio in Southampton. But wait, I’ll post more tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow. Cheers until then.

Photos from LongHouse Reserve’s Winter Benefit

LongHouse Winter Benefit : Design for Living

Nona Hendryx belted it out last night at the LongHouse Reserve Winter Benefit, Design for Living, at National Sawdust in Brooklyn. Image by ©Patrick McMullan, Clint Spaulding/PMC

You know when you have those magical moments in life? I had one last night at the LongHouse Reserve Winter Benefit at National Sawdust in Brooklyn. It was an amazing evening, full of memorable highs that were topped by one of the most incredible performances I have ever witnessed. Thank you Nona Hendryx for totally blowing my mind! Man, what a VOICE!!!

Other too cool to ever forget instances: getting to hear iconic textile designer and LongHouse founder Jack Lenor Larsen speak is always a treat; breathing the same air as venerable architect Hugh Hardy (the man has worked on legendary venues like Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Rainbow Room, the New Victory Theater and Bryant Park to name a few — wowsa!); a super yummy meal prepared by James Beard Award-winning chef Patrick Connolly; and getting to hang with some of my favorite people. What a night!

Super Cool Benefit for LongHouse Reserve

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Who’s up for an amazing adventure this week? I know I am!

Here’s something beyond awesome for you to do.

East Hampton-based LongHouse Reserve is heading to Brooklyn for one night only on Tuesday, March 15, in  celebration of its jubilee  year. The non-profit’s annual winter benefit, Design for Living, will be held at newly opened hotspot National Sawdust in Williamsburg and will include a special performance by Nona Hendryx, one of the founding members of Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles.

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A highlight of this year’s benefit will be legendary textile designer and founder of LongHouse, Jack Lenor Larsen, presenting acclaimed architect Hugh Hardy with the LongHouse Award. Mr. Hardy is a founding partner of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, responsible for such big deal projects as Lincoln Center Theater, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the restoration of Radio City Music Hall.  During the festivities Mr. Hardy will also talk with Peter Zuspan, founding principal of Bureau V, the Brooklyn-based firm that re-designed the National Sawdust building.  But wait, there’s more. James Beard Award winning Chef Patrick Connolly will be preparing dinner as well. Yum!

Hope you can make it!

Mark your calendars for July 23. That’s when LongHouse’s annual summer benefit will be held. The theme this year will be Serious Moonlight.

National Sawdust