LongHouse Reserve to Open

A look at the non-Western art that inspired early Modernism
“Roots of MODERN” will look at the non-Western art that inspired early Modernism. Durell Godfrey

    On Saturday, LongHouse Reserve will open its grounds for the season with a riot of daffodils and some early cherry blossoms, among the other garden’s delights — some organic and some more structural.
    The site’s permanent installations remain, but new temporary exhibitions of work by Jack Youngerman and Atsuya Tominaga will also be on view. Mr. Youngerman’s installation “Black & White” will consist of cast fiberglass pieces made in Bridgehampton in the 1980s. He has been working in his Bridgehampton studio since 1968. The curving forms in the work refer to South Fork dunes, waves, wings, and leaves. Mr. Tomaga will present “Ninguen,” an installation of pieces carved from Italian travertine and placed near the reserve’s dry river.
    In the LongHouse gallery, “Roots of MODERN” will be presented with a look at the non-Western art that inspired early Modernism. The exhibit will include East Asian ceramics, Native American fabrics, and African and Oceanic furniture, textiles, and masks covering a period of several millennia.
    Viewers will see correspondences between the work on view and abstracted work by Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse in painting and the rational and functional approach of Japanese artisans in Walter Gropius’s and Frank Lloyd Wright’s buildings, among other associations.
    The show will include 200 pieces from Jack Lenor Larsen’s collection, which were personally chosen by him as curator. It will be on view through July 22.
    The opening will take place Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The outdoor sculpture displays will remain on view through October. Admission is $10, $8 for those over the age of 65, and free for members. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the LongHouse Web site or at the site on the day of the event.