*Ark, Pyramid, for Paul Thek* by Robert Wilson at the Watermill Center’s 26th annual summer benefit.
Photo: Chloe Bellemere

See Photos from the Watermill Center’s Star-Studded Summer Benefit

Over 30 art installations and performance pieces were spread across the lush grounds of the Watermill Center

Visionary artist Robert Wilson’s annual summer gala at the Watermill Center is known for its wildly avant-garde installations and performances that fuse art, design, architecture, fashion, and music. Tabula rasa, the latin term meaning “clean slate,” inspired this year’s edition, which entertained over a thousand well-heeled guests at the Long Island institution this past Saturday.

Presented by Van Cleef & Arpels and Wilson, the center’s founder-artistic director, the fête honored philanthropist and supporter Katharine Rayner along with artist Carrie Mae Weems. Just a few of the notable guests in attendance were Isabella Rossellini, Eric Shiner, Bill Powers, Leila Heller, Maja Hoffmann, and Peter Marino.

Graciela Sacco’s Bocanadas. Photo: Chloe Bellemere, Courtesy of The Watermill Center

Included in this year’s spectacle were 33 artist installations and performances that created an immersive landscape for visitors to explore and interact with throughout the festivities. Works by Gillian Walsh, Humberto Diaz, the Daxophone Consort (Daniel Fishkin, Cleek Schrey, and Ron Shalom), and Liz Glynn dotted the center’s lush ten-acre grounds.

Megan May Daalder’s Mirror Box on the grounds of the Watermill Center. Photo: Laura Brichta, Courtesy of The Watermill Center

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Later in the evening guests entered the dinner tent to another performance by Bianca Casady of Coco Rosie and Ira Anufrieva before Raymond McGuire presented Rayner and Weems. A silent auction and live auction were also held that presented works by Anish Kapoor, Pope.L, Tomashi Jackson, Robert Longo, Sam Falls, and more. The after-party was deejayed by Kitty Cash, and by the end of the evening $1.7 million had been raised in funding for the Watermill Center’s year-round Artist Residency and Education Programs.

Check out more images from the event below.

DJ Kitty Cash posed in front of Daxophone Consort by Daniel Fishkin, Cleek Schrey, and Ron Shalom. Photo: Maria Baranova Suzuki, Courtesy of The Watermill Center
Humberto Diaz’s It’s All in Your Head installation. Photo: Maria Baranova Suzuki, Courtesy of The Watermill Center
John Riepenhoff Handlers installation. Photo: Maria Baranova Suzuki, Courtesy of The Watermill Center
Julia Blanchard, Tripoli Patterson, Emma Blanchard. Photo: BFA Neil Rasmus, Courtesy of the Watermill Center
Bill Powers and Jacquelyn Jablonski. Photo: BFA Neil Rasmus, Courtesy of the Watermill Center

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TheQueenofKrump AKA Miss. Prissy Feat. HallowDreamz performing The Queendom Come. Photo: BFA Neil Rasmus, Courtesy of The Watermill Center
Gillian Walsh Fame Notions on the grounds of the Watermill Center. Photo: Maria Baranova Suzuki, Courtesy of The Watermill Center
Bianca Casady, Woman on the Phone (cocreated with Irina Anufrieva) presented in the dinner Tent. Photo: BFA Neil Rasmus, Courtesy of the Watermill Center
A drumming and singing piece by Stina Fors. Photo: Maria Baranova Suzuki, Courtesy of the Watermill Center

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