The Week in Art: Laurie Anderson Hosts Concert for Dogs at the Longhouse Reserve
Most of the action was in the Hamptons this week.
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 Sherman, Annie 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.
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.
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.
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.
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