On Wednesday, February 14, 2013, LongHouse Reserve held its annual Winter Benefit "Red Letter Day". It was a fashionable night out on the town, celebrating art, architecture and fashion at the grand Hearst Tower at 57th Street, designed by acclaimed architect Norman Foster. The evening also included a private viewing of the Diana Vreeland exhibit: The Eye Has to Travel on display in the exclusive Alexey Brodovitch Gallery. There were 130 guests in attendance who came out to support LongHouse Reserve's commitment to the arts.
During cocktails, guests viewed the fascinating Vreeland exhibit that covers the legendary editor’s pivotal Harper’s Bazaar years from 1936-1962. This was a singular, exclusive opportunity as this exhibit is not open to the public.
The evening’s highlight was learning about the genius of the Hearst Tower architectural feat while seated in the comfort of the posh screening room. Commentary was by Norman Foster’s Senior Partner, Brandon Haw, and eloquent New Yorker and Vanity Fair architecture critic, Paul Goldberger. A private dinner followed at Adelaide de Menil’s art-filled home at Gainsborough Studios, a mythical building to so many New Yorkers, on Central Park South.
In celebration of both Valentine’s Day and Diana Vreeland’s illustrious style, guests were asked to wear red or any chic concoction of which the fashion icon would have adored.
Just some of the notable attendees at the Winter Benefit on Thursday night included, Jack Lenor Larsen (Founder, LongHouse Reserve), Dianne Benson (President, LongHouse Reserve), Adelaide de Menil, Roberto Dutesco (Photographer), Paul Goldberger (Architecture Critic, Vanity Fair), Wendy Goodman (Design Editor, New York Magazine), Louis Gropp, Brandon Haw (Senior Partner, Foster + Partners), Lee Skolnick (Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partners), Barbara Slifka (Trustee, LongHouse Reserve), Newell Turner (Editor-in-Chief, Hearst Design Group), and Matko Tomicic (Executive Director, LongHouse Reserve).
About LongHouse Reserve
LongHouse Reserve exemplifies living with art in all its forms. Founded by Jack Lenor Larsen, its collections, gardens, sculpture and programs reflect world cultures and inspire a creative life. LongHouse Reserve is a not-for-profit museum that encompasses nearly 16 beautiful acres in East Hampton, New York. Each year LongHouse Reserve presents major exhibitions in both the Pavilion and the gardens. Currently, there are more than 90 sculptures for the gardens including works of glass by Dale Chihuly, ceramics by Takaezu, and bronzes by Barceló, Voulkos, Benglis and de Kooning. Works by Ossorio, Claus Bury, Yoko Ono, Opocensky, Izumi Masatoshi, Bryn Hunt, Eric Fischl, Roy Lichtenstein and Takashi Soga are also on view, while the installation of a Fly’s Eye Dome designed by Buckminster Fuller and a site-specific Sol Lewitt add interesting scale and dimension.