Provocative and alluring art spread across The Watermill Center’s 8-acre site will be turning heads in July at the center’s 22nd annual benefit and auction.
Titled “Circus of Stillness…the power over wild beasts” much is left up to the imagination of what this exhibition will offer art-wise, but art-lovers and connoisseurs are preparing for one-of-a kind and over-the-top experiences in the worlds of art, theater, fashion and design.
The benefit this year will honor philanthropist and longtime Watermill Center supporter Inga Maren Otto. Proceeds from the benefit plus online and live auctions, helmed by Simon de Pury, support the center’s year-round artist residency program.
Special performances by The Watermill Center’s include forthcoming resident artist Cirkus Cirkör, a new work designed for the event by celebrated artist Daniel Arsham, and over two dozen site-specific installations by international artists who are participating in The Watermill Center’s 2015 International Summer Program.
Based on the benefits star studded guest-list and outrageous exhibitions in previous years, it is expected 2015 will not stray from the usual sightings.
With 2014’s benefit featuring exhibitions from a rubber band man, covered completely head-to-toe in thousands of rubber bands, to a flower-crowned opera signer in the ground, naked and painted, singing in perfect harmony with the nature around her, this year’s artists have a lot to live up to.
The funds raised will support The Watermill Center’s year round artist residency programs, providing a unique environment for young and emerging artists to explore and develop new work.
The benefit will be held Saturday, July 25, from 6 p.m. to midnight. Cocktails will be served starting at 6 p.m. then dinner, the art auction and party will begin at 8 p.m.
The Watermill Center is located at 39 Watermill Town Road in Water Mill. Tickets for this event start at $500 and can be purchased through firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling Erin Wainwright at 212-253-7484. For more information visit watermillcenter.org/benefit.