23rd Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit & Auction

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The Watermill Center with founder Robert Wilson, theater and visual artist, held its 23rd Annual Summer Benefit & Auction on July 30. The event, entitled FADA: House of Madness, successfully raised $2 million through ticket and art sales in support of the center’s year-round Artist Residency and Educational Programs. These programs give artists the time and space to develop groundbreaking works as well as partake in open rehearsals, workshops and artists talks to engage in a stimulating creative community.

Welcoming the guests to dinner, Wilson excitedly declared that this year’s event marked the largest attendance they have had yet. In total, this year the center has 130 participating artists hailing from over 28 different countries.

For the first time, the center collaborated with artist collective Bruce High Quality Foundation to present As We Lay Dying, a collection of works and performances presented throughout their eight-and-a-half acre grounds. At the event, guests toured the grounds, exploring new installations and performances by the center’s International Summer Program participating artists interspersed throughout.

During dinner, guests took part in a live auction led by veteran auctioneer Simon de Pury. The evening came to a close with entertainment by DJ Mia Moretti and a special surprise performance by Ja Rule.

Several prominent guests were in attendance, including: Polina Proshkina, Michaela de Pury, Tory Burch, Bob Colacello, Stacy Engman, Eric Firestone, Kate Foley, Audrey and Martin Gruss, Amanda Hearst, Kathy and Richard Hilton, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Fern Mallis, Anne Hearst and Jay McInerney, Holly Peterson, and Jill Stuart.

Photos by Carl Timpone, Zach Hilty and Ryan Kobane/


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