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Excentrica Transforms LongHouse Reserve

Submitted by on July 20, 2010 – 11:28 amNo Comment

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If ever there was a supernatural sense of time and space it is the experience of the annual gala at the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton, this year entitled Excentrica with donations supporting its mission to exemplify living with art in all forms.

Alexandra Munroe’s description of the LongHouse Award honoree Laurie Anderson, “She shares a shimmering knowledge here and now of the universe,” perfectly described not only the performance artist but the whole evening.

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The theme of Black and White carried over from the décor to the dresses to the hats, even to the dog with his signature black and white spots.

Patron of the arts Jan Cowles, introduced by Richard Oldenburg for the LongHouse Art Leadership Award, was also honored for not only her deep commitment to furthering the arts but her notable style and imagination.  What began as a meeting on an ocean liner 50 years ago with LongHouse founder Jack Larsen turned into a life long support of the arts.

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Laurie Anderson entertained the audience techno-raconteur style with The Boat I had as a Child, stories covering everything from tiny boys learning to kiss without affection to tasteless Jesus jokes to Buddhist canoe trips with incest survivors telling life stories into wooden spoons.

A good story and a great event are both masters of the detail, and the transformation of the sculpture gardens into a super cool outdoor chill lounge was magical – made you wish you could hang out here every weekend.  The hot evening was cooled down by special drinks from Stoli Vodka, Frangelico Hazlenut Liquer, Hendrick’s Gin, Milagro Tequila, and Bennett Family Wines while fresh oysters, Peking duck wraps, and an Asian BBQ pleased the palate.

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With the silent and live auctions including a Tanzanian royalty throne donated by Edward Albee and Willem de Kooning signed lithograph from Lisa de Kooning and Roy Lichtenstein lithograph courtesy of Dorothy Lichtenstein which fetched $20,000, it looks like this will be the most successful event yet for LongHouse.



New this year was the addition of the $50 Dancing After Dark ticket which brought out a chic young Hamptons set to dance to the vibes under the “Buckminister Fuller Dome” which glowed in multi hued lights. 

longhouse 2010 035Brooklyn-based band Navegante played their own techno fusion sound and rocked out of the gates with Personal Jesus (Rebel Ship remix), luring the diaphanous nymphs onto the checkered dance floor.  Carlos Santana says of this band, “Navegante is the artists that will carry the torch into the future.” Pure Dark’s chocolate covered blueberries added a new “feed me a grape” but better dimension to dessert tray and was the perfect top off to the seductive evening.

But ultimately Executive Director Matko Tomicic said it best, “You should be here on every other quiet day, not just July 17th.”

The gardens are open to the public,

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