|LongHouse Reserve—legendary textile designer Jack Lenor Larsen’s not-for-profit sculpture garden, art museum, and educational organization— hosted its WHITE HOT + Blue 2 summer benefit on July 19th. Taking place on the foundation’s beautiful 16-acre East Hampton grounds, LongHouse Reserve honored acclaimed photographer, filmmaker and social commentator Cindy Sherman with the LongHouse Award, and Agnes Gund, philanthropist, patron, collector, President Emerita of MoMA, and founder of Studio in a School with the LongHouse Art Leadership Award.
More than 500 guests attired in their finest white and blue were treated to a frisky and festive reception where they were greeted by larger-than-life Cindy Sherman photographs hung among the trees. Partygoers also had a rare opportunity to mingle amongst Fashion Institute of Technology’s ‘Fowl Play’ exhibit as the students’ spectacular bird ensembles flourished in their natural habitat.
|Seen on the BLUE CARPET were Kim Cattrall, Cindy Sherman, Agnes Gund, Nicole Miller, Laurie Anderson, Eric Fischl, Robert Wilson, Fred Wilson, Mary Boone, Arne Glimcher, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Lyle Ashton Harris, David Maupin, Ralph Pucci, Mariyo Yagi, Toni Ross, Barbara Goldsmith, Kim Hierston, Joe Pintauro, Alexandra Munroe, Lisa Phillips, Jack Youngerman, Newell Turner, LongHouse Reserve President Dianne B., and Executive Director Matko Tomicic, Newell Turner, and famed New York photographers Bill Cunningham, and Patrick McMullan.|
|The Brooklyn Peaches Synchronized Swimmers, decked out in bespoke Malia Mills blue and white bikinis, made a very splashy pop-up performance. Pop surrealist Mike Knife, artistic dancer and water performer Heather Whatever and devilishly delightful Beelzebabe, all added to the evening’s endless entertainment.
The festivities concluded with a grand dinner beneath the stars, and dessert and an After Dance Party with the stunningly stylish and bedazzled DJ Donna D’Cruz.
Music was provided by Kevin Thompson and Mike Thies of Live Footage, a cinematic, experimental, and melodic sound of Dub and Hip Hop. John Houshmand’s music/art-instrument/improvisation group performed as well.
|Projected images from the #HearstLovesLongHouse Instagram campaign and “selfie” photo booth stations also amused guests during the evening.
WHITE HOT + BLUE 2 was organized by LongHouse Reserve President Dianne B., and Executive Director Matko Tomicic; LongHouse Reserve Board of Trustees, including honorary chairs Edward Albee, Kim Cattrall, Rufus Wainwright, Jorn Weisbrodt, Fred Wilson, and Robert Wilson, among others; and LongHouse Reserve Founder and Curator, the esteemed Jack Lenor Larsen.
The Silent Auction was conducted by fine art auction house Paddle8, and included works by Laurie Anderson, Alice Aycock, Dale Chihuly, Issey Miyake for Artemide, Cindy Sherman, Kiki Smith, and Robert Wilson, among many others.
|LongHouse Reserve is a not-for-profit organization with close-to-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 Peter Voulkos, Lynda Benglis and Willem de Kooning. Works by Alexander Calder, 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.|
|The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) held its 5th Annual Unconditional Love Gala on Saturday, July 19th at a private waterfront home in Southampton. Gala chair Jean Shafiroff, Board President Jonathan McCann and Chairwoman Emeritus Susan Allen hosted this year’s James Bond themed event, which honored animal advocate Georgina Bloomberg. Mayor Michael Bloomberg came out to support Georgina and the Shelter, as did Southampton Mayor Mark Epley and Mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis and his wife, Margo.
Honorary Corporate Chairs for the Unconditional Love Gala included Allen & Co., Barclays, Ferguson Cohen, LLP and Sequin Jewelry. Beth Stern, Les Alexander and Liz Brown, Amanda Taylor, Charles McConnell, Liz and Jackie Shafiroff, Sharon Bush, Joel Cooper, Valentine and Yaz Hernandez, Bob and Jewel Morris were among the supporters, enjoying dinner by Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs and dancing to the music of the Alex Donner Orchestra.
|Emcee Rachel Grant welcomed over 300 guests to the event and introduced Jean Shafiroff who thanked everyone that made the evening a great success including Susan Allen, auction chairs Amy Cosman and Nancy Jane Loewy, Board Members Cliff and Raya Knight, Cathy Deumler, Martin Shafiroff, and Wendy Wegner who also helped make the auction, which included trips to St. Barth and Anguilla, a stay in a German castle, and a weekend in Manchester, Vermont, possible. Auctioneer George McNeely, made the splendid donations come to life for the attendees.
|The real stars of the evening were the cutest kitty cats and chow mix puppies, seven adult and baby Chihuahuas and a loveable bulldog mix who were all up for adoption. Proceeds raised from the Unconditional Love Gala help SASF to continue to care for over 1,200 homeless animals per year and funds raised during the night’s cash call went to support the spay/neuter program at the shelter clinic as well as the mobile low cost van granted to the Shelter by the ASPCA.
Proceeds from the event also supported the SASF’s work with No More Tears Rescue to rehabilitate and find homes for adult dogs rescued from puppy mills, with The Humane Society of Northwest Georgia to take in dogs on death-row and find them permanent homes, and with the ASPCA to save dogs from cruelty and disaster situations and place them in safe homes. The Shelter also runs programs that help special needs children, along with educating, mentoring and implementing SASF's "Playing For Life" program, created by their Training & Behavior Director, Aimee Sadler, which is currently in over 40 shelters and highlighted at the major animal conferences throughout the U.S.
|Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing for the welfare of homeless pets in our community and, in turn, placing them in permanent caring homes. SASF has been called one of the most progressive shelters in the country, having recently won an award as the finest shelter on Long Island and ranked in the top 10% of the best rated shelters in the U.S. In addition, the Shelter leads the country with its "live release rate", which means that of all dogs and cats brought to the shelter, 94% are adopted into loving homes. SASF is an open intake shelter that welcomes stray pets regardless of age, breed, or health providing them with the finest care, food, training, and medical attention. No adoptable animal is left behind! To learn more, please visit SASF’s website at www.southamptonanimalshelter.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/southamptonanimalshelter.|
|The 2014 Hampton Designer Showhouse opened with a Gala Preview Cocktail Party on Saturday, July 19, 2014. Over 450 guests joined in celebrating the start of the 2014 Showhouse which runs until Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014 in Bridgehampton, New York. Proceeds benefit Southampton Hospital, Southampton, NY. Traditional Home magazine is the 2014 Presenting Sponsor, NBC TV’S OPEN HOUSE is the 2014 Television Sponsor and Beach Magazine is the 2014 Regional Magazine Sponsor. Mario Buatta is the Honorary Showhouse Chairman. Jamie Drake and Alexa Hampton are the Honorary Design Co-Chairmen.|
|The Hampton Designer Showhouse, now in its fourteenth year, is a showcase for America’s premier design talent. Over 25 top interior designers and decorative artists have turned a magnificent shingle style home into a decorating masterpiece. This year’s Showhouse located at 408 Pauls Lane in Bridgehampton, NY has been generously provided by Paramount Homes of the Hamptons, Inc. Designer sales at the 2014 Hampton Designer Showhouse will be featured on CricketsCrush.com.
|"Over the past 25 years, Traditional Home has showcased numerous show homes across the country and the Hampton Designer Showhouse has always featured prominently in our coverage," commented Ann Omvig Maine, editor in chief, Traditional Home. "Year after year, the participating designers continue to surprise and delight us, which is why Traditional Home is thrilled to serve as the National Media Sponsor for the 6th consecutive year. We look forward to helping the Showhouse raise even more funds for Southampton Hospital this year so it can continue to provide essential services to the local community."
The Hampton Designer Showhouse is open the public Sunday, July 20 through Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014. Showhouse hours will be as follows: Monday through Sunday, 11:00am - 5:00pm. Children under six, infants, strollers and pets are not allowed in the Showhouse. Admission to the Showhouse is $35 and includes the Showhouse Journal.
|Photographs by Patrick McMullan|