|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 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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
Photographs by Patrick McMullan & BFANYC