Long Island Modern, an Architectural Lecture Series
October 1, October 22, November 5
Gorman House in Amagansett, by Architects Julian and Barbara Neski. Courtesy of Alastair Gordon.
LongHouse Reserve hosts a unique series of lectures on modernism and the history of modern design on the East End; Sundays October 1st and 22nd, and November 5th from 3 – 5pm. Tickets are $30 for members and $40 for the general public.
October 1st will focus on Post-War Modernism on Long Island and Pierre Chareau, with Bob Rubin and Alastair Gordon introduced by Lee Skolnick.
October 22nd will look at the second wave of Post-War Modernism on the east end and the innovative, neo-Corbusian works of Charles Gwathmey, Richard Meier, Barbara and Julian Neski, and Norman Jaffe, and the rise of a reactionary period of neo-traditional architecture on the east end. Alastair Gordon will moderate.
Photo: Maison de Verre (1931), Paris (left), Robert Motherwell Quonset House (1946), East Hampton (right), by Pierre Chareau. Courtesy of Alastair Gordon.
November 5th, will examine at the ever-present legacy of the Modern Movement, beginning with a turn against faux historicism in the early 2000s, and a return to the geometric clarity of post-war modernism, including east-end projects by Barnes Coy Architects, Skolnick Architecture + Design, Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects, and others, up to the most recent forms of a mannerist modernism that’s becoming mainstream on eastern Long Island, perhaps ending with the controversial Blue Dream house by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in East Hampton (*tied in with the Endless House which was first created by Frederick Kiesler in Springs 1954]. Chris Coy and Lee Skolnick in conversation with Alastair Gordon as moderator.
Photo: The Wall, Amagansett, by Barnes Coy Architects.
East Hampton’s LongHouse Reserve is 16-acre integrated environment created by artist, collector and world-renowned textile designer and weaver Jack Lenor Larsen (1927-2020) with a mission to inspire living with art in all forms. Over the past two years, LongHouse has transitioned from a founder-led to board and staff-led public institution, serving the community with vast open space, programs in art, nature, and wellness, providing a sanctuary for Long Island and beyond. The sculpture garden, featuring more than 60 outdoor works—including permanent collection works by Yoan Capote, Buckminster Fuller, Yoko Ono, Sui Jinguao, and Willem de Kooning, and seasonal loans from artists such as Wyatt Kahn, Maren Hassinger, and Ai Wei Wei—encourages exploration and contemplation for new and repeat visitors alike. As of this year, the garden is fully open to the public for education and enjoyment, with a next chapter of activating Larsen’s home (a modernist structure based on the Shinto Shrine at Ise) and the extensive collections.
LongHouse Reserve inspires and empowers visitors of all ages to see and think in new ways, and to incorporate art and design into their lives, invoking an ongoing act of creation that is renewed by the diverse communities drawn to its values and purpose. Whether visitors return to see a favorite garden or walk the grounds in search of a new installation, LongHouse is always changing and always new.
LongHouse Reserve is open April – December, Wednesdays through Sundays from 12:30pm until 5pm. A Membership allows you to visit LongHouse Reserve throughout the season. General admission is $20, with reduced price tickets for seniors and students, and no charge for children, veterans or active-duty personnel.
More information is available at www.longhouse.org.