Steven and William Ladd

Major Commissioned Installation at LongHouse Reserve

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EVENTS TO MEET THE ARTISTS

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Artist duo Steven and William Ladd – The Ladd Brothers – will be at East Hampton’s Longhouse Reserve to debut their newest artwork and first-ever outdoor sculpture. Right Here, Right Now is a large bridge-like structure (32’ x 8’ x 12’) with facades constructed out of disks of cedar branches collected from the artists’ country property in Germantown, NY.

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LongHouse Reserve will host a Members Preview on Thursday, April 21st (from 12pm – 4pm) and Friday, April 22nd (from 10am – 1pm), with Steven and William Ladd, joined by their parents who are participating, on-site to install the structure. Members are welcome to join in and be part of the process. This is an exclusive opportunity to get an inside look at the installation process and meet the artists.

On Saturday, April 30th, from 12:30pm – 5pm, Steven and William Ladd will join LongHouse Reserve for the annual Rites of Spring celebration. Visitors are invited see the artwork, as well as to see other new works, by Moko Fukuyama and Alexander Polzin, and the returning favorites, including works by Buckminster Fuller, Yoko Ono, Ai Wei Wei, Sol Lewitt, and Willem de Kooning. The garden will be blooming with spring flowers – nearly a million daffodils plus cherry trees, tulips, and magnolias, and many new works of art throughout the garden. Rites of Spring is open to members for free and to visitors for $15, $10 for seniors, with no charge for veterans or active-duty personnel. LongHouse is always free for anyone 18 and under and to College Students with a valid Student ID.

On Saturday, April 30th, from 5 – 7pm, visitors are invited to join Steven and William Ladd in conversation, moderated by LongHouse Reserve Director Carrie Rebora Barratt. This will be the first of many talks this season at LongHouse Reserve with artists, designers, and architects, including with Marren Hassinger, Alexander Polzin, Glenn Adamson and Lee H. Skolnick. This special event is free for members and open to visitors for $40. Refreshments will be served.

For tickets, memberships, and more about LongHouse Reserve, visit www.LongHouse.org

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About their new work, Steven and William Ladd shared, “This past year, more than ever, we were nourished by nature while on our property in Germantown, NY. That experience heavily influenced our concept for a work specifically created for an outdoor setting, a first in our practice. Cedar trees dot our land and when building, we became enamored with the wood. We cut small rounds from the branches and trunks, revealing the beautiful, soft, rose color. An immediate connection was made with the main threads of our art practice and we began to “weave” them into textiles, envisioning them as beads. These textiles become the walls and the ceiling of an all-encompassing space that will be situated near a pond and canopied by trees at LongHouse Reserve. The pathway through the work encourages engagement and an elevated shift in perspective and plays upon the meandering paths of the property.”

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For more about these artists, visit www.stevenandwilliam.com

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LongHouse Reserve teaches living with art in all of its forms. We cherish the land, a nature reserve with thousands of living species; place, an institution to learn, explore and grow; and spirit; a relaxing sanctuary for a break from everyday life. With those aspects at heart, the 2022 season will be one to remember!

LongHouse Reserve is a 16-acre sculpture garden and natural sanctuary located in East Hampton, NY. As many as 60 works of art, including sculptures by Buckminster Fuller, Yoko Ono, and Willem de Kooning can be viewed in the LongHouse gardens, which are open to the public from April to December with changing exhibitions each year. The gardens serve as a living case study of the interaction between plants and people in the 21st century. LongHouse’s goal is to expand the imagination and appeal to visitors of all ages, with an education program providing students with docent-led school tours, online materials, internship activities, family-activity guides, and the LongHouse Scholarship Award.

LongHouse was founded by Jack Lenor Larsen (1927-2020), internationally known textile designer, author, and collector. Larsen’s 13,000 square foot house was designed by Charles Fourberg, a nephew of Walter Gropius, and based on the sacred shrine on the Ise Peninsula in Japan. A team is currently studying the future use of the house and welcomes thoughts from our visitors in our workshops and talks this summer.

LongHouse Reserve opens April 30 and will be open in May on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from noon until 4:45pm. From June through October, LongHouse is open Wednesdays through Sundays, from noon until 4:45pm. A Membership allows you to visit LongHouse Reserve throughout the season. General admission is $15, $10 for seniors, with no charge for veterans or active- duty personnel. LongHouse is always free for anyone 18 and under and to College Students with a valid Student ID.

More information is available at www.longhouse.org.

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AAQ / Resource: Ben Krupinski Builder

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