Bring ‘Surf Craft’ To LongHouse Reserve

East Hampton, NY, USA

Join forces with Main Beach Surf + Sport to Bring ‘Surf Craft’ To LongHouse Reserve

‘Surf Craft’ (originally exhibited at San Diego’s Mingei International Museum) chronicles the evolution of surfboard design featuring American makers and shapers of all kinds of wave-riding boards. It explains how meticulous handcraftmanship can inform modern high volume commercially-made surf craft. Read more below about this seminal exhibit.

About ‘Surf Craft’

According to a review by the Los Angeles Times, “Surf historian Richard Kenvin has assembled an amazing collection of boards from the early 20th century to the present. Even if you don’t know anything about surfboards, these marvels of wood, fiberglass and foam stand on their own as works of art.”

“Other surfing [exhibitions] are more based on nostalgia,” says Kenvin, who surfs and has been researching surfboards for a dozen years.“This is more the craft story.”

“We are so excited that LongHouse Reserve will be the first to feature this remarkable exhibition after it leaves San Diego,” said Wendy Van Deusen, LHR curator. “It’s eye-opening – some of the boards are like paintings or sculptures yet they are functional too. The exhibition allows you to see beauty in an object that you haven’t really thought about before. It will appeal to everyone whether or not they have an interest in surfing.

“Surfboards are beautiful to the eye – my customers love seeing them and understanding their history,” said project collaborator Lars Svanberg, owner of Wainscott-based Main Beach Surf+Sport, “But this exhibition will appeal to anyone who appreciates craft….It’s the soul of the pieces people will relate to in this exhibition.”

How this project makes a difference

This goodcircle project is to fund the fees necessary to launch the exhibition at LongHouse Reserve this coming August. The cost of bringing the exhibition from San Diego to LongHouse is almost $38,000, including all fees and transport.

Lead sponsor Firewire Surfboards is donating $10,000, and Main Beach Surf + Sport and Pilgrim Surf + Supply have each donated $5,000. Thank you for your generosity. Suffolk County has provided a grant of $6,000, leaving a total of $11,850 to crowd fund. Together we can make this happen!

One click helps directly support the transport and curation of this acclaimed exhibition. Select your level of giving to receive your tickets to Surf Craft and more…

Thank you!
This project ended 07/31/2015 and raised a total of $28,800
  • LongHouse Reserve

    LongHouse Reserve (LHR) is a 16-acre sculpture garden/museum, located in the town of East Hampton, New York. Created in 1991, its mission is to exemplify living with art in all its forms. LHR’s collections, gardens, sculptures and programs reflect world cultures and inspire a creative life.

    Governed by a distinguished, voluntary Board of Trustees and with active Art, Garden, and Educational committees, LHR provides an ideal setting where programs in visual and performing arts and education are offered to the public.

    Learn more here.

  • Main Beach Surf + Sport

    Main Beach Surf + Sport is the Hamptons Natural Resource for all your Watersports, Beachwear and Winter needs. Open 7 days a week, year round they have been proudly serving the Hamptons for over 25 years. Main Beach offers the best brands, such as, Patagonia, Ocean Kayak, Channel Islands, Quicksilver, Laird Hamilton, Hobie, Bark, Surf Tech, Thule, Werner, Kialoa, Rip Curl and much more. Paddleboards, Surfboards, Kayaks, Wetsuits, Car Racks, Beach Wear, Sunglasses, Pool items, Base Layers Outer Wear, Hats, Gloves and more.

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