Watermill Center Photos

Art installation above the entrance

What better way to come back after my semi-sabbatical than to share pix from the wonderful, wacky (and oftentimes artfully naked) Watermill Center benefit. This year’s gala, Fly into the Sun, once again brought together the worlds of art, performance, music, theatre, design, architecture and fashion. Always a hot ticket, this year’s outrageous event did not disappoint. Thanks to Lisa Tamburini for capturing the scene for us here at Hamptons Party Girl.

Described as an “enchanted forest,” the 24th annual summer fundraiser included performances and installations by Daniel Monroy Cuevas, Rachel Frank, Regina José Galindo, Kate Gilmore, Somos Monstros (Raúl de Nieves and Erik Zajaceskowski), Storyboard P, and VVHY, alongside the work of The Center‘s International Summer Program participants. After dinner, the evening continued with a special performance and tribute to Lou Reed by Laurie Anderson. To close the night, guests enjoyed dessert, dancing and a live DJ set by Flat White aka Virgil Abloh.

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.



Four HBO Docs on Famous East Enders


“Nothing Left Unsaid,” about the relationship between Gloria Vanderbilt and her son, Anderson Cooper, airs on HBO in April.

First up is “Becoming Mike Nichols” on February 22. The doc paints an intimate portrait of the director, producer and improvisational comedy icon through a set of final, historic interviews with friend and fellow director Jack O’Brien. The footage was filmed four months before Nichols’ death and it explores his first two films, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “The Graduate,” his direction of stage classics “Barefoot in the Park” and “The Odd Couple” and his work with Elaine May.


“Becoming Mike Nichols” airs on HBO on February 22.

Next, Nora Ephron documentary, “Everything Is Copy,” will air in March. The film, co-directed by her son, Jacob Bernstein, features interviews with her former husband, (and also a local) Carl Bernstein, and her three sisters, plus Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Rob Reiner, Barry Diller, Meg Ryan, Amy Pascal and Mike Nichols.

The famously funny and sometimes caustic Ephron gave the world her roman a clef, “Heartburn;” and crowd pleasing movies such as “When Harry Met Sally,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” “Julie & Julia;” the play “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” which she wrote with her sister, Delia, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman; and the best-seller “I Feel Bad About My Neck.”


“Everything Is Copy,” a doc about Nora Ephron, airs in March.

On April 9, “Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper” comes out. The film highlights the relationship between mother and son (who sold his house in Quiogue last year) in candid reflections on their extraordinary family history.  Directed by Liz Garbus, the film is said to capture Vanderbilt as she’s never been seen before, as she and Cooper discover how family stories of loss and survival repeat themselves in the most unexpected ways.

Lastly, it’s Laurie Anderson’s “Heart of a Dog” on April 25. This documentary film of love, death and language, tells the story of her beloved rat terrier, Lolabelle, who died in 2011. Mixing childhood memories, video diaries and philosophical musings on data collection, surveillance culture and the Buddhist conception of the afterlife, the critically acclaimed film offers heartfelt tributes to the artists and thinkers who inspire her.


“Heart of a Dog” by Laurie Anderson, pictured her in a photo with her late husband, Lou Reed, (WHICH I TOOK AT LONGHOUSE RESERVE AND SOMEONE ELSE HAS GRABBED AS THEIR OWN!!), and beloved doggie, Lolabelle, airs on April 25. 



LongHouse Reserve Winter Benefit with Nico Muhly

Nico Muhly, Dianne Benson, Jack Larsen==2015 LongHouse Winter Benefit: An Evening with Nico Muhly==Hearst Tower, NYC==February 25, 2015==©Patrick McMullan==Photo - Clint Spaulding/PatrickMcMullan.com

Nico Muhly, Dianne Benson, Jack Larsen       Photo – Clint Spaulding/PatrickMcMullan.com

Feeling down because you missed LongHouse Reserve’s fabulous winter benefit at the Hearst Tower in Manhattan last Wednesday night? Let’s turn that frown upside down with some photos from the fantastic event, which featured a performance by Nico Muhly, a “Faces of Fashion” photo exhibition by Patrick McMullan, and lots and lots of LongHouse friends.

Wall to Wall at the Parrish Art Museum

Wall to Wall at the Parrish Art Museum

The Parrish Art Museum celebrated its one-year anniversary in its Water Mill location last night and boy was it ever a doozy!
The private members-only reception was so popular that attendees had to park on Montauk Highway because the lot was full. And it seemed that practically every artist east of the canal was there, lucky me.
The biggie was Laurie Anderson, who was one of the “Artists Choose Artists” jurors. Other artists with work in that exhibit who I saw there were Rick Liss (thanks for the introduction Steve Miller, you are one of my faves), Tucker Marder and Mary McCormick.
Of course all the Parrish people were there. Huge kudos to Terrie Sultan and Alicia Longwell on every fabulous collection and heartfelt congrats to Susan Galardi for joining the team.
Other big deal artists (many of whom have works in the permanent collection) and notables were also in attendance. Who else did I see? In no particular order: Walter Us, Laurie Lambrecht, Eric Fischl, April Gornik, Roisin Bateman, Harry Hurt, Christian Scheider, Bonnie Grice, Steve Gould, Austin Handler, Christopher French, Susan Vecsey, Rosalind Brenner, Dennis Longwell, Elena Glinn, David Nadal, Dianne B. Lys Marigold, Lynn Blumenfeld, Pamela Eldridge, Peter Marcelle, Eric Firestone, Tripoli Patterson, Kathy Zeiger, Pat Rogers, Tom and Pat Kochie, Maria Schon and Jean Shafiroff.
I espied Joe Pintauro, Eric Dever and Greg Therriault heading out the exit and nearly chased after them but stopped myself about two seconds into an embarrassing leap. I think the only people who caught my exuberance were Courtney Ratcliffe and Liz Lattanzio. Fingers crossed.
If I’ve missed you here, or there, I’m dearly sorry. But, the Hamptons art scene being what it is I’m sure I’ll catch you at the next one.

Want to learn more about the Parrish? Here’s a link to a story I wrote last week about the permanent collection. Writing up the “Artists Choose Artists” exhibit for this week and will share that soon too.

Sending Love to Laurie Anderson

Sending Love to Laurie Anderson

One thing that we can all forget when an icon dies is that as much as the loss touches us as fans, and sometimes even as friends, the personal grief felt by those in the legend’s inner circle can be compounded by all the well meaning interest. The flip side of that is that it’s that same outpouring of emotion that can also buoy their spirits. It can be nice to know that your loved one was loved by so many.
These last two days I’ve been thinking of Laurie Anderson, a wonderful lady, who just lost her husband. After having seen her and Lou around at various events here in the Hamptons, I was able to interview her this summer. She was so lovely, so interesting, curious and upbeat. A real breath of fresh air.
Sending positive thoughts your way Laurie.
Dawn Watson photo, at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton.

RIP Lou Reed

RIP Lou Reed

I just learned that rock icon Lou Reed has passed. He was 71.
I’ve photographed Lou a handful of times, most notably at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton (pictured here in a photo I took of him and his wife, Laurie Anderson–she was being honored that day) and at Guild Hall in East Hampton.
The last time I saw Lou was at Guild Hall this summer, where he made an appearance at the Chuck Close exhibit. The Velvet Underground frontman had posed for one of the artist’s large-scale tapestries and he showed up on opening night to support his friend. I spotted him alone in one of the galleries and escorted him to the giant image of himself, which Chuck was parked in front of. Then, not surprisingly, there was a press onslaught as the other photographers noticed the rock legend and the artist who had captured his visage. I’m happy to say that on that summer night, he appeared to be in better health than he had when I had seen him so many times in the past, due to receiving a liver transplant this past May.
I’m sad to see Lou go. Condolences to Laurie, his friends and family and his legions upon legions of fans. Do, do, do, do, do, do, do to you Lou.