LongHouse Reserve opens for its 2016 season in East Hampton on Saturday, April 30, with two new exhibits—Rites of Spring, which presents 12 new pieces from celebrated artists on the Reserve’s 16-acre grounds; and Master Works, a collection of newly gifted and on-loan furnishings and art-in-craft pieces selected and curated by LongHouse founder and textile designer Jack Lenor Larsen and Wendy Van Deusen, with guest curators James Zemaitis and Sherri Donghia.
The dual exhibits coincide with LongHouse’s 25th anniversary jubilee—a yearlong celebration of the Reserve’s dedication to the East End art community. The pieces on view will include staples of LongHouse’s permanent collection alongside its new additions.
A selection of conceptual sculptures, the pieces in Rites of Spring will fit well on the Reserve’s expansive grounds and lush gardens. Pieces such as George Rickey’s kinetic sculpture “Six Lines in a T II” will interact with the natural landscape and air flow, displaying perfectly LongHouse’s objective of merging art with nature.
Rites of Spring will also feature a number of pieces by Long Island natives, some hailing from the East End. Among them, late Southampton resident and Pop Art godfather Larry Rivers’ infamous Legs, which resided on the front lawn of the artist’s Southampton home (another version has caused quite a stir in Sag Harbor). Amagansett conceptual sculptor Neil Noland’s “Green RE: Genesis/Lake Eden/ Black Mountain,” a piece that exemplifies the artist’s experiments with color variation over the bends and curves of metal, will also be on view—as will Russian emigres Ilya and Emilia Kabakov’s piece “The Arch of Life.”
These will join LongHouse’s other new additions by Enrique Martinez Celaya, Jun Kaneko and Marko Remec.
The Master Works exhibit will be on display until July 16.
LongHouse Reserve is currently open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2–5 p.m. In July and August, LongHouse will be open Wednesday–Saturday from 2–5 p.m. Admission is $10 ($8 for seniors) and free for LongHouse members, children under 12 and high school and college students with ID.
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