The Week in Art: Laurie Anderson Hosts Concert for Dogs at the Longhouse Reserve

Most of the action was in the Hamptons this week.

Humans and dogs enjoying the music at the LongHouse Reserve's presentation of Laurie Anderson's Concert for Dogs. © Patrick McMullan.
Humans and dogs enjoying the music at the LongHouse Reserve's presentation of Laurie Anderson's Concert for Dogs. © Patrick McMullan.

Though it may seem that Armory Week and Frieze Week get all the action, the reality is that there is never a dull moment in the New York art world. From the East Side to the West Side (and, in the summer, out on Long Island’s East End), there’s always something happening at the city’s museums, galleries, and various event spaces. This week was no exception.

Laurie Anderson’s Concert for Dogs” at LongHouse Reserve, East Hampton 
Dogs normally not permitted on the 16-acre, art-filled grounds of East Hampton’s LongHouse Reserve, the but the sculpture garden made an exception on August 13, when Laurie Anderson and cellist Rubin Kodheli performed the avant-garde artist’s Concert for Dogs, which was previously staged in Times Square last winter.

Guest included Longhouse Reserve president, Dianne Benson, and executive director Matko Tomicic, photographers Cindy ShermanAnnie Leibovitz, and Patrick McMullan, and a large number of mostly well-behaved pets.

The canine audience was treated to “artisanal dog treats” and special dog ice cream fit for the Hamptons’ set, and got to go home with “I Love LongHouse” bandanas and Frisbees.

The event benefited the local charity Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, which cares for animals on Long Island’s South Fork.

Laurie Anderson performs at the LongHouse Reserve's presentation of Laurie Anderson's Concert for Dogs. © Patrick McMullan.

Laurie Anderson performs at the LongHouse Reserve’s presentation of Laurie Anderson’s Concert for Dogs. © Patrick McMullan.

Annie Leibovitz, Jane Rose, and the camera shy Ruby Tuesday at the LongHouse Reserve's presentation of Laurie Anderson's Concert for Dogs. © Patrick McMullan.

Annie Leibovitz, Jane Rose, and the camera shy Ruby Tuesday at the LongHouse Reserve’s presentation of Laurie Anderson’s Concert for Dogs. © Patrick McMullan.

A dog enjoys the music at the LongHouse Reserve's presentation of Laurie Anderson's Concert for Dogs. © Patrick McMullan.

A dog enjoys the music at the LongHouse Reserve’s presentation of Laurie Anderson’s Concert for Dogs. © Patrick McMullan.

Rubin Kodheli and Laurie Anderson perform at the LongHouse Reserve's presentation of Laurie Anderson's Concert for Dogs. © Patrick McMullan.

Rubin Kodheli and Laurie Anderson perform at the LongHouse Reserve’s presentation of Laurie Anderson’s Concert for Dogs. © Patrick McMullan.

Veronica Leeanne, Princess Angelique Monet, Richard Lair, Patricia Sims, Dr. William Karesh, Dr. Scarlet Magda, Karina Voronich, and Paul Maucha at the LongHouse Reserve's presentation of Laurie Anderson's Concert for Dogs. © Patrick McMullan.

Veronica Leeanne, Princess Angelique Monet, Richard Lair, Patricia Sims, Dr. William Karesh, Dr. Scarlet Magda, Karina Voronich, and Paul Maucha at the LongHouse Reserve’s presentation of Laurie Anderson’s Concert for Dogs. © Patrick McMullan.

Guild Hall’s Summer Gala, East Hampton 
The final event on the Hamptons summer gala circuit kicked off on August 12 with a VIP preview of Guild Hall’s “Aspects of Minimalism” exhibition.

Guests, who included former Real Housewives of New York City cast member Kelly Killoren Bensimon and artists Chuck Close and Cindy Sherman, enjoyed the art from Larry Bell, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Agnes Martin, and others before moving to the night’s second stop, a private home nearby. There, the action included cocktails, a seated dinner, music, dancing, and a live art auction.

Kelly Killoren Bensimon at the Guild Hall Summer Gala. © Patrick McMullan.

Kelly Killoren Bensimon at the Guild Hall Summer Gala. © Patrick McMullan.

Joan Hornig, Eve Xanthopoulos, Chuck Close, Cindy Sherman, and Michele Cohen at the Guild Hall Summer Gala. © Patrick McMullan.

Joan Hornig, Eve Xanthopoulos, Chuck Close, Cindy Sherman, and Michele Cohen at the Guild Hall Summer Gala. © Patrick McMullan.

Susan Vecsey, Eric Dever, and Arin Goldman at the Guild Hall Summer Gala. © Patrick McMullan.

Susan Vecsey, Eric Dever, and Arin Goldman at the Guild Hall Summer Gala. © Patrick McMullan.

Beth McNeill-Muhs and Jeff Muhs at the Guild Hall Summer Gala. © Patrick McMullan.

Beth McNeill-Muhs and Jeff Muhs at the Guild Hall Summer Gala. © Patrick McMullan.

Sophie Curtis, Jill Stuart, Chloe Curtis, and Morgan Curtis at the Guild Hall Summer Gala. © Patrick McMullan.

Sophie Curtis, Jill Stuart, Chloe Curtis, and Morgan Curtis at the Guild Hall Summer Gala. © Patrick McMullan.

Ryan McGinness Opening Reception at the Surf Lodge, Montauk
Ryan McGinness
, as part of a three-week residency with the Surf Lodge in Montauk, has collaborated with menswear designer Mack Weldon on a new clothing line.

The opening reception took place on August 14, and guests included artist Lucien Smith, Gigi Burris, Chrissy Rutherford, and the one and only Jimmy Buffet. The evening’s festivities included a performance by Hiatus Kaiyote, and a close look at McGinness’s work.

Ryan McGinness and Lucien Smith at the Surf Lodge. Courtesy of Madison McGaw/BFA.

Ryan McGinness and Lucien Smith at the Surf Lodge. Courtesy of Madison McGaw/BFA.

Jimmy Buffett at the Surf Lodge. Courtesy of Madison McGaw/BFA.

Jimmy Buffett at the Surf Lodge. Courtesy of Madison McGaw/BFA.

Margot and Mia Moretti at the Surf Lodge. Courtesy of Madison McGaw/BFA.

Margot and Mia Moretti at the Surf Lodge. Courtesy of Madison McGaw/BFA.

Cinema Under the Influence & Young Women in the Arts present Downtown 81 at Fordham Lincoln Center 
On August 18, art and cinema lovers were treated to a rare screening of Downtown 81, directed by Edo Bertoglio and produced by Glenn O’Brien and Maripol. Starring a very young Jean-Michel Basquiat in a semi-autobiographical role, the film, released two decades after it was originally shot, offers a fascinating view of the gritty yet culturally vibrant New York of the early 1980s.

Following the screening, Young Women in the Arts (which, full disclosure, I co-founded with Katya Khazei of Arthena) moderated a discussion with two women who were influential in shaping Basquiat’s career: his first gallerist, Annina Nosei, and one of his earliest collectors, Lenore Schorr.

The two women shared a number of humorous and insightful anecdotes about their relationship with the artist, who kept his first studio in the basement of Nosei’s gallery. Notably, Schorr tried and failed, at Basquiat’s request, to donate one of his works to a New York institution. (The Museum of Modern Art at the time, she revealed, said “he wasn’t worth the storage space.”)

Other attendees included artnet’s Gracie Mansion, who ran an eponymous downtown gallery in the 1980s, and Schorr’s husband, Herb. Both chimed in from the audience, adding to the lively dialogue.

Cinema Under the Influence and Young Women in the Arts' screening of <em>Downtown 81</em>. Courtesy of Jon Hogan/Cinema Under the Influence.

Cinema Under the Influence and Young Women in the Arts’ screening of Downtown 81. Courtesy of Jon Hogan/Cinema Under the Influence.

Sarah Cascone, Lenore Schorr, Annina Nosei, Gracie Mansion, and Katya Khazei at Cinema Under the Influence and Young Women in the Arts' screening of <em>Downtown 81</em>. Courtesy of Nathan Monroe-Yavneh.

Sarah Cascone, Lenore Schorr, Annina Nosei, Gracie Mansion, and Katya Khazei at Cinema Under the Influence and Young Women in the Arts’ screening of Downtown 81. Courtesy of Nathan Monroe-Yavneh.

Lenore Schorr and Annina Nosei at Cinema Under the Influence and Young Women in the Arts' screening of <em>Downtown 81</em>. Courtesy of Nathan Monroe-Yavneh.

Lenore Schorr and Annina Nosei at Cinema Under the Influence and Young Women in the Arts’ screening of Downtown 81. Courtesy of Nathan Monroe-Yavneh.


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