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LongHouse Reserve Gala, A Celebration Of Creative Genius

Originally Posted: July 24, 2012

Douglas MacKaye Harrington

The annual LongHouse Reserve summer gala under the stars was called "Composition" this year and it was rich with creative genius. (Photo: Douglas Harrington)

East Hampton - The LongHouse Reserve's annual summer gala was called "Composition" this year and it was an extraordinary gathering of American icons of creative genius, even by Hamptons' standards.

LongHouse Reserve is an oasis of both natural and manmade creativity, a virtual art Eden blending stunning sculpture into a landscape of artistic arborvitae. However, on this particular Hamptons summer evening it was the artists in attendance rather than the art that might leave one speechless.

Robert Wilson accepting his 2012 LongHouse Award. (Photo: Douglas Harrington)

Along with the legendary textile designer, author and collector Jack Lernor Larson, the founder and guiding force behind LongHouse, the evening's honorees included Dorothy Lichtenstein, philanthropist and widow of artist Roy Lichtenstein, and avant-garde director, choreographer, librettist and artist Robert Wilson. Lichtenstein received the Art Leadership Award and Wilson, founder of the art incubator The Water Mill Center, received the 2012 LongHouse Award. LongHouse Executive Director Matko Tomicic presented the award to Lichtenstein and Board of Trustees Chairwoman Dianne Benson presented to Wilson.

LongHouse Reserve founder and guilding light Jack Lernor Larson. (Photo: Douglas Harrington)

During the awards ceremony at dinner under the stars, the evening grew even more legendary when Philip Glass, Wilson's collaborator of the world renowned American opera "Einstein On The Beach," took to the stage to perform his "Mad Rush" in Wilson's honor. Glass is considered to be one of the most influential and controversial composers of the modern era.

As if there was not already enough creative genius abounding to constitute a dais at the Kennedy Center Awards, performance artist Laurie Anderson was in attendance with her husband rock icon Lou Reed. Anderson herself was a LongHouse Award recipient in 2010.

Prior to the evening's awards ceremony guests had the opportunity during the cocktail reception to browse the hundreds of pieces of art donated from artists worldwide for the silent auction with a live auction of selected pieces after dinner. Attendees were also treated to a performance by the principal dancers of The Art of Motion Dance Theatre, absolutely fantastic!


Rock icon Lou Reed, LongHouse Executive Director Matko Tomicic and performance artist and 2010 LongHouse Award recipient Laurie Anderson. (Photo: Douglas Harrington)

LongHouse Reserve will be open to the public through October 6. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and children under 12 accompanied by an adult are free. Bring your cell phones as you walk the gardens to access highlights narrated by Jack Lernor Larson.

The LongHouse Reserve is a true Hamptons artistic treasure that inspires, illuminates and fosters creative genius and provides an oasis for art education for the thousands of school children who visit the grounds each year.

Legendary composer Philip Glass performing "Mad Rush" in tribute to his friend and collaborator Robert Wilson. (Photo: Douglas Harrington)

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Frequently mistaken for the "Most Interesting Man in the World" from the Dos Equis commercials and the iconic gray-bearded Sean Connery, DMH is the Senior Contributing Editor at Hamptons.com. www.hamptons.com Hamptons HamptonsOnline HamptonsOnline

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