Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Watermill Center and The Parrish

The scene at the 22nd Annual Watermill Summer Benefit & Auction: Circus of Stillness ... the power over wild beasts.
This past Saturday, The Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation hosted Circus of Stillness ... the power over wild beasts, their 22nd Annual Summer Benefit and Auction at The Watermill Center. They raised more than $1.9 million. Funds raised support The Center’s year-round Residency Program, International Summer Program, and educational initiatives that provide artists with a unique opportunity to develop their work. 

Robert Wilson, credited with being Artistic Director of the evening, hosted the evening. Mr. Wilson is an incomparable impresario of the arts. He serves variously as a director, a writer, a speaker, and a producer.
The Watermill Center
The Watermill Center is a standing example of his talents. Located in the woods of Watermill, the Center started out as a derelict, abandoned Western Union factory surrounded by overgrowth and woods. Over the past fifteen years, I have watched an institution come to life and flourish. This was Robert Wilson’s vision.

More than 1200 guests from the worlds of art, performance, theater, fashion, design, and society attended.  They honored Inga Maren Otto, international philanthropist and long-time supporter of The Watermill Center.
Robert Wilson
Inga Maren Otto
Mme. Otto told the guests that she was introduced to the Watermill Center and Robert Wilson through her daughter Katharina Otto-Bernstein who made an award winning documentary about Mr. Wilson and his work. Since that introduction, Mme. Otto has been an active and generous benefactor and volunteer for the center.

The evening featured rousing performances by Sierra “Rosie” Casady of CocoRosie. There was also a collaborative installation by forthcoming resident artists Cirkus Cirkör, a sculpture by celebrated artist Daniel Arsham, and more than two dozen site-specific installations by artists participating in the 2015 International Summer Program. These works are featured alongside the works of renowned visual artists, Cleon Peterson, Basco Vazko, Gary Garay, and Radamés ‘Juni’ Figueroa, among others.  Additional highlights included the silent and live auctions hosted by veteran auctioneer Simon de Pury which featured over 125 lots donated by world-renowned and emerging artists, such as: Marina Abramović, Uta Barth, Annie Leibovitz, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, and Ursula von Rydingsvard
Terrie Sultan
Claude Grunitzky
Benefit Co-Chairs included: Lindsey and Ian Adelman; Shaikha Paula Al-Sabah; Sonja Bebber and Martin Brand; Giancarla and Luciano Berti; Lisa and Sanford Ehrenkranz; Wendy and Roger Ferris; Laura and Michael Fisch; Anke and Jürgen Friedrich; Barbara Goldsmith; Claude Grunitzky; Josefin and Paul Hilal; Phil Hilal; Maja Hoffmann; Carola and Bob Jain; Calvin Klein; Bonnie Comley and Stewart F. Lane; Dorothy Lichtenstein; Eugenio Lopez; Honorable and Mrs. Earle I. Mack; Anne Hearst McInerney; Joanne Ooi; Inga Maren Otto; Katharina Otto-Bernstein and Nathan Bernstein; Lisa and Richard Perry; Tatiana and Campion Platt; Alexander Soros; Susan Shin; Barbara Slifka; and Christine Wächter-Campbell and William I. Campbell.

Honorary Chairs for the event included: Marina Abramović; Jane Adams; Pedro Almodóvar; Laurie Anderson; Mikhail Baryshnikov; Iman and David Bowie; Steve Buscemi; Lucinda Childs; Alba and Francesco Clemente; Chuck Close; Bob Colacello; Alan Cumming; Willem Dafoe; Christophe de Menil; Marianne Faithfull; Renée Fleming; Frank Gehry; Philip Glass; Jenny Holzer; Isabelle Huppert; Anjelica Huston; Bianca Jagger; Jim Jarmusch; Lang Lang; Annie Leibovitz; Kylie Minogue; Isaac Mizrahi; Jessye Norman; Charles Renfro; Tim Robbins; Sir Salman Rushdie; Sharon Stone; and Rufus Wainwright and Jörn Weisbrodt.
Alexander Weibel Weibel
Dinner hour featured breathtaking collaborative installations by members of contemporary circus ensemble, Cirkus Cirkör including selections from Knitting Peace—a work that was performed at the Nobel Prize Ceremony in Oslo in 2012.  Members of the ensemble were outfitted in jewelry by Plukka for the evening. 

The live auction was conducted by veteran auctioneer Simon de Pury, and together with the silent auction—both powered by Artsy--featured over 125 works donated by established and emerging artists. After dinner, guests enjoyed dessert and dancing to music spun by DJ Flaxo in the silent auction tent.
Rufus Wainwright
Lana Smith and Dionisio Fontana
Susanna Feldman
Brian Ramaekers and Ronnie Gensler
Mark Anthony and B. Michael
Myrna Colley-Lee and Leo Vanterpool
Jaime Horton and Sean Horton
Michael Malce and Jolie Kelter
Merrie Harris and Nathaniel Kramer
Rosanna Scotto and Louis Ruggiero
Yana Balan and Polina Proshkina
Kim Heirston Evans
Indira Cesarine
Peter Gregory and Jamee Gregory
Susan Shin and Kimberly Guilfoyle
Bjorn Amelan, Peter Olsen, Jack Larsen, and Bill T. Jones
Janna Bullock and Alisa Roever
Essie Sortino and Max Sortino
Inge Colsen, Matt Kulakov, Nadya Tolokonnikova, and Pyotr Verzilov
Alexandra Dettori and Brian Bejile
Frederick Eberstadt and Theo Bruton
LuAnn de Lesseps and Nicole Nadeau
Debbie Bancroft
Chris Gray and Muna Tseng
Tracy Stern and Randy Polumbo
Jasmine Rothbard and Michael Rothbard
Valerie Boster and Annelise Peterson
Rainey Forkner, Taylor Kraemer, and Arlenis Sosa
Christophe de Menil and Bill Cunningham
Polina Proshkina and Bill Cunningham
Jeff Slonim
Adam Haggiag
Julia Koch and Madeleine Desmarais
Jennifer Joyce
Nathan Bernstein and Katharina Otto-Bernstein
Henry Heller, Leila Heller, and Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia
Tracey Huff and Craig Huff
Andrew Tess
Walid Bahimid, Abdi Karya, and Daud Mesak
Paul Judelson
Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos
Inge Colsen and Travis Boyer
Nadia Kovarskaya
Anu Vivek
Nelly Moudime and Natalie Holst
Matthew Willy
Barbara Grodd, Rufus Wainwright, and Jill Jordan
Molly Rowe and Cait Munro
Rainey Forkner
Joseph Fichera
Dian Liu
Zach Salinger, Jesse Wellen, Joseph Loren, and Theo Pinto
Matthew Klein, Laurence Chandler, and Maxwell Osborne
Jory Wood Syed and Faisal Syed
Emerald Fitzgerald and Adrian Gruin
Sara Herbert-Galloway, Victor de Souza, and Daniela Zahradnikova
Tatiana Platt and Campion Platt
Christophe de Menil and Robert Wilson
Douglas Polley and Dara Tomanovich
Olga Balaeskoul and Bonnie Comley
Kari Adelaide, Max Razdow, Jaime Horton, and Sean Horton
Sierra Casady
Deville Cohen, Nama Tabal, and Tim Goossens
Tony Sargent
Shelter Serra, Angie Firestone, and Eric Firestone
Mette Sterre and Andi Foster
Sarah Mare and Lee Barasch
Inga Maren Otto and Robert Wilson
Chris Henchy and Brooke Shields
Patricia Hearst-Shaw and Anne Hearst McInerney
Alison Mazzola and Patrick McMullan
Roger Waters and Nathan Bernstein
Sylvia Mazzola and Jorn Weisbrodt
Katharina Otto-Bernstein and Nathan Bernstein
Catching up. Two weeks ago Saturday in Water Mill, the Parrish Art Museum hosted its 2015 Midsummer Party at the museum on Montauk Highway. The party which has been a staple in Southampton social life for decades, drew about 1000 guests which included art collectors, artists, socialites, entertainers, philanthropists and business leaders both local and international.
Terrie Sultan welcomes guests
Among those attending: Helene and Ziel Feldman, Inga Maren Otto, Whitney Fairchild, Barbara Goldsmith, Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper, Andrea Glimcher, Susan and Peter Solomon, Lisa Perry, Jean and Martin Shafiroff, Michèle and Steve Pesner, Marc Glimcher, Fairfax Dorn, Douglas Baxter, Patricia Birch Becker, Zarah Burstein, H. Peter Haveles Jr.
, Liliane and Norman L. Peck, Philip Hilal, Ron Wendt, Abby Terkuhle and Eva Faye, Tatiana and Campion Platt, Bonnie Comley and Stewart Lane, Liliana Casabal, Michael Klug, Alexandra Stanton and Sam Natapoff, Nicholas Korniloff, Douglas Polley, Barbara J. Slifka, Florence Fabricant, Susan de França, Mary and Howard Frank, Gale and Ira Drukier, Julian R. Ellison, Polina Proshkina, Jane and David Walentas, Hala and James Salomon, Madeline and Thomas Elghanayan, Caroline Hirsch, Anne Huntington, Pamela J. Cohen, Lisa Jackson, Barbara and Richard Lane, Chad A. Leat, Howard Lorber, Susan and Louis Meisel, Nicole Miller, Arthur Zeckendorf, Robin and Fred Seegal, Allison Morrow, James Nederlander and Margo MacNabb Nederlander, Cee Scott Brown, Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder, Marcia Dunn Sobel and Jonathan Sobel, Andrew Sugrue, David Wassong and Cynthia Clift, Fern and Lenard Tessler.
Ron Wendt Design presented the 2015 Midsummer Party’s décor, inspired by Chuck Close's "Anthurium" and "Chrysanthemum" photographs
The evening included cocktails, dinner and dancing; the menu was provided by Olivier Cheng Catering & Events. Ron Wendt designed the décor inspired by Chuck Close's "Anthurium" and "Chrysanthemum" photographs.
Robbie Crawford, Tara Donovan, Terrie Sultan, and Peter Haveles
Alicia Longwell, Alexis Rockman, and Dorothy Spears
Chad Leat and Fiona Pool
Abby Terkuhle, Christopher French, Keith Sonnier, and Donald Lipski
Allison Morrow
Dan Rizzie and Susan Lazarus-Reimen
Maren Otto and Robert Wilson
Cynthia Clift and David Wassong
DJ Coleman and Randy Kemper
Deanna Foy, Jeff Allen, Susan Allen, Julian Ellison, and Susan Meisel
Donald Sultan, Ellen Lewis, and Bill Compton
Evelyn Leonard and Norman Peck
Gale Drukier and Ira Drukier
Jean Shafiroff, Nicole Miller, Zoe Bullock, and Janna Bullock
Helen Lee Schifter
Jim Freeman and Laura Lofaro Freeman
Lisa Perry
John Bjornen and Cee Scott Brown
Kipton Cronkite and Christina Craemer
Kim Taipale, Nicole Miller, and Eric Fischl
Leah Lane and Bonnie Comley
Nick Korniloff and Pamela Cohen
Mel Kendrick, Eric Fischl, Eva Faye, and Abby Terkuhle
Polina Proshkina
Raphael and Claudine De Niro
Sara Fitzmaurice
Michael Rubenstein and Dorothea Rockburne
Nina Judson and Liliane Peck
Roy Nicholson, April Gornik, and Eric Fischl
Sian and Jack Youngerman
Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley
Whitney Fairchild and Nicole Oge
Alice Aycock and Keith Sonnier

Photographs by Patrick McMullan & BFANYC