Hamptons Scene: Mark Kingdon’s Art Find, Figueras GolfAmanda Gordon
Synchronized swimmers in blue bikinis splashed in sync with Arcade Fire Saturday night.
The Brooklyn Peaches performance in a reflecting pool was just one attraction at the annual benefit for LongHouse Reserve, the nonprofit that maintains and offers public access to the East Hampton house and gardens of textile designer Jack Lenor Larsen.
Photographer Cindy Sherman paused to admire the lily pond. Hedge fund manager Mark Kingdon had eyes for “Chinese Contemporary Warriors” by Yue Minjun, tucked away in the woods.
“You have to go see them,” Kingdon said.
I found them on the 16-acre property with the help of Larry Warsh, the collector who loaned them. As dinner was starting, Warsh led me into a grove of trees where 25 life-size bronze figures stood with arresting, anguished smiles on their faces.
Back at the party, Arne Glimcher, whose Pace Gallery represents Minjun, chatted with Agnes Gund, chairman of MoMA PS1.
With Gund and Sherman as honorees, LongHouse had pulled in a power base of the New York art world including Lisa Phillips, director of the New Museum, Lisa Dennison, chairman of Sotheby’s North and South America, Christy MacLear, executive director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and artist Fred Wilson, president of SculptureCenter and a board member of the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Feathered mannequins also animated the party. They were provided by students at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Guests and tables were dressed in white and blue per the invitation.
Best footwear: DJ Donna D’Cruz’s Vivienne Westwood high-heeled jellies, which withstood the dousing they got from the splashing synchronized swimmers.
“I love this party because you can have ice cream at 10 in the morning,” Amy Tarr, chairman of the Children’s Museum of the East End, said at its sixth annual family fair.
As she spoke, Tarr held a slice of pizza for her daughter Gigi, who was learning how to juggle from Jester Jim. There were also tacos, lobster sliders, coconut water and bowls of bananas and apples on Saturday morning.
The event supports the operating budget of the Bridgehampton museum, in particular raising funds to give access to fee-based programs for kids from low-income families. Another event, an “Arabian Nights” dinner for adults on Aug. 16, will help the museum with its capital campaign, said Stephen Long, the museum’s executive director.
At the carnival, the idea was to provide so many activities no kid could do it all. So there was a water slide, a dinosaur-themed bouncy house, magic shows on the hour in the amphitheater, multiple face-painting and craft stations. And there were still a lot of kids playing inside, a testament to the quality of the permanent exhibitions.
Also inside were auction items like a Girly Girl basket, collecting bids from guests including Steve Schwarzman’s daughter Zibby Right, a freelance writer.
Polo player Nacho Figueras was outside on the new physics-themed miniature golf course. At the civilized hour of 1 o’clock, actress Jane Krakowski, of “30 Rock” and Broadway fame got an ice cream cone from the Sag Harbor-based Joe and Liza’s.