LongHouse Goes Boom! on Saturday Evening

Jack Lenor Larsen is 90 this year and celebrating his birthday at Boom! the Cosmic Benefit. Larsenworld

There are still tickets available for Boom! the Cosmic Benefit, Saturday’s celebration of Jack Lenor Larsen’s 90th year at the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton. The benefit’s art auction is now also available for bidding online at Paddle8.

This year’s auction features artwork by Laurie Anderson, Lynda Benglis, Dale Chihuly, Christo, Howard Kanovitz, Kiki Smith, Pat Steir, Paul Strand, the Starn Twins, Ai Weiwei, and Robert Wilson, along with beautiful ceramic pieces, ancient artifacts, and a tapestry designed by Mr. Larsen -- some 90 works in all.

The honorees for the benefit include Cai Guo-Quiang, known for his literally explosive art events using gunpowder, fireworks, and pyrotechnics; Alexandra Munroe, a Guggenheim curator specializing in Asian art and a garden enthusiast, and Mohsen Namjoo, who plays electric sitar. The event will also feature performances by Gian Carlo Feleppa, a guitarist, the Brooklyn Peaches synchronized swimming and dance group, and Royal KhaoZ, a Jamaican band. 

Bidding for the auction will close on July 22 at 11 p.m., and bids can be made online or in person at the party. Tickets for the benefit start at $1,250, with tickets for those under the age of 35 discounted at $650.

The Buckminster Fuller-designed "Fly's Eye Dome" was dramatically illuminated at last year's LongHouse benefit.Jennifer Landes
A Howard Kanovitz aerosol-stencil-on-board treatment of one of his iconic South Fork subjects is being offered with an opening bid of $2,800. Eric Firestone Gallery
Kiki Smith's "Owl" has an estimate of $2,500 and one bidder as of this writing.Pace Gallery