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For The 23rd Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit & Auction titled FADA: HOUSE OF MADNESS, Robert Wilson and Kanye West are developing a collaborative art installation piece.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! On Saturday, July 30, 2016 The Watermill Center will once again bring together the worlds of theater, art, fashion, design, and society for The 23rd Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit & Auction. Watermill’s International Summer Program participants come from over 25 countries to create installations and performances throughout our eight-and-a-half acre grounds for the event. The funds raised support The Watermill Center’s year-round Artist Residency and Education Programs, providing a unique environment for young and emerging artists to explore and develop new work.

The Watermill Center is pleased to announce its first collaboration with The Bruce High Quality Foundation (BHQF), as part of this year’s summer benefit & auction. Entitled As We Lay Dying, The Bruce High Quality Foundation will present a variety of works and performances interspersed throughout The Center’s grounds. This year’s gala will also feature sound installations by ANOHNI.

6:00pm cocktails, performances, silent auction, art installations part i
8:00pm dinner, live auction
10:00pm dancing, dessert, art installations part ii
dress code colorful disruption

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Cocktail Ticket: $650 [$600 tax-deductible]
buyer can enjoy cocktail hours between 6:00-8:00pm
purchase here

Contributor Ticket: $1,250 [$1,100 tax-deductible]
seating for one at dinner; buyer will be credited as contributor in the evening program
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Donor Ticket: $1,500 [$1,350 tax-deductible]
seating for one at dinner; buyer will be credited as donor in the evening program
purchase here

Vice Chair Ticket: $2,500 [$2,350 tax-deductible]
seating for one at dinner; buyer is credited as benefactor in the evening program
purchase here

Patron Table for 10: $15,000 [$13,500 tax-deductible]
buyer is credited as patron in the evening program
purchase here

Benefactor Table for 10: $25,000 [$23,500 tax-deductible]
buyer is credited as benefactor in the evening program
purchase here

Distinguished Benefactor Table for 10: $50,000 [$48,500 tax-deductible]
buyer is credited as distinguished benefactor in the evening program and will receive one page of advertising in the auction catalog
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10th Anniversary Benefactor Table for 10: $100,000 [$98,500 tax-deductible]
celebrate our 10th! buyer is credited as 10th anniversary benefactor in the evening program and will receive one page of advertising in the auction catalog
purchase here

To contribute by mail or email, please download the order form here. For more information or to purchase tickets over the phone, please contact Erin Wainwright at +1 (212) 253-7484 x115 or benefit@watermillcenter.org. Tickets to The 2016 Watermill Center Summer Benefit & Auction are available for purchase until Friday, July 29 at 6:00pm EST.

All press inquires related to The Watermill Center’s annual summer benefit, please contact watermillcenter@nadinejohnson.com

The 23rd Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit & Auction is curated by Noah Khoshbin.
Image credit: The Daily Splice by Adam Hale

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The Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit & Auction Press Coverage

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“At the Watermill Center’s annual gala, held on Saturday, July 25, the woods of eastern Long Island were once again alive with magical happenings…”
-Architectural Digest, Watermill Center Hosts Its 22nd Annual Gala
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“The Watermill Center’s annual gala is one of the most spectacular evenings on the New York social calendar…”
-artnet news, 10 Lavish Summer Art Events in Exotic Places Around the World
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“Those lucky enough to slot this shindig into their social calendar will be treated to dramatic art installations and performances, not to mention a beautiful outdoor dinner party dinner on the center’s bucolic eight-acre grounds…”
-artnet news, 8 of the Hippest Summer Art Parties to Crash with Friends
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“The Burning Man of the gala scene” is how one young patron described the Watermill Center’s annual benefit and auction, which took place this weekend on the performance art center’s sprawling campus in Water Mill, New York…”
-artnet news, Inside the Watermill Center’s Annual Benefit, aka the “Burning Man of the Gala Scene
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“Long Island’s Watermill Center—an incubator for emerging artists and interdisciplinary approaches to artmaking—will soon host the 22nd edition of its annual summer benefit and auction, featuring work by artists and designers from some 25 countries. As bidding opens on Artsy, I highlight works by seven emerging artists that smart collectors will be vying for.”
-Artsy, 7 Must-Own Works from Watermill’s Auction
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“On July 25, 2015, The Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation hosted Circus of Stillness…the power over wild beasts, the 22nd Annual Summer Benefit & Auction at The Watermill Center, raising over $1.9 million. Over 1,200 distinguished guests from the worlds of art, performance, theater, fashion, design, and society came together for the visually stunning event which honored Inga Maren Otto.”
-azureazure.com, 22nd Annual Summer Benefit & Auction
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“On July 25, Mother Nature offered a temporary respite from the month’s oppressive heat in time for the Watermill Center’s benefit, one of the East End’s top social events of the summer.”
-BizBash.com, How the Watermill Refreshed Its 22-Year-Old Benefit
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“The annual summer benefit for the Watermill Center is definitely one of the highlights of the summer social calendar. And this year was no exception, helped in no small part by Saturday’s gorgeous weather.”
-Curbed Hamptons, Circus of Stillness at the Watermill Center
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“The Watermill Center’s benefit and auction, somewhat cryptically titled Circus of Stillness…the power over wild beasts”
-EH Star, The Hamptons Busy Benefit Season
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“I envisioned The Watermill Center as a haven for young and emerging artists, a laboratory for performance…”
-Hamptons.com, Circus of Stillness…The Power Over Wild Beasts To Honor Inga Maren Otto
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“Years ago, I made a work called ‘A Letter to Queen Victoria,'” Wilson told us. “It was the first play of mine that had spoken text, because all of my early work was silent: visual text, no spoken text. Opening night, much to my surprise, sitting to my left was Ezra Pound. A few days before, in the “Daily American,” which was a paper in English that was published in Europe, there was a photograph of Ezra Pound and the caption under it was something he had said when he was in prison in Pisa: ‘The stillness is the power over wild beasts.’ That’s always been a thread through all my work, dealing with the movement that’s in stillness. So, this is circling back to something that’s in my roots.”
-Hamptons.com, 22nd Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit And Auction Raises Over $1.9 Million
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“Watermill Center’s summer benefit “Circus of Stillness: The Power over Wild Beasts” drew over 1,200 guests and raised over $1.9 million to benefit the Watermill Center’s year-round artist residency program, the international summer program, and educational initiatives assisting artists with the development of their works.”
-HamptonsArtHub.com, VISUAL DIARY: Watermill Center’s “Circus of Stillness: The Power over Wild Beasts”
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“The Watermill Center will once again bring together the worlds of theater, art, fashion, design, and society for The 22nd Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit.”
-heyevent.com,The 22nd Annual Watermill Summer Benefit & Auction
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“The Watermill Center benefit is the ultimate hot ticket…”
-Metro, Can’t-miss summer events in the Hamptons
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“Mrs. Otto will be honored by The Watermill Center at its 22nd Annual Summer Benefit & Auction on Saturday, July 25 for her long-time commitment and generous support of The Center and its mission to support extraordinary emerging artists…”
-My Social Good News,The Watermill Center Announces the Inga Maren Otto Fellowship to Support an Artist-in-Residence
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“Socialites and artists strolled wooded paths, dropping names and inhibitions along the way, at the annual benefit for the Watermill Center, a standout event on the Hamptons social calendar…We asked a few guests for their style secrets.”
-The New York Times, Summer Peacocking in the Hamptons
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“The 22nd annual Watermill Center gala was, without a doubt, the most creative event for the Hamptons summer colony.”
-The New York Times Evening Hours | A Splendid Landscape
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“Artist and avant-garde visionary Robert Wilson’s elaborately themed fêtes never disappoint and this year’s is mysteriously titled “Circus of Stillness… the power over wild beasts.”
-The Observer,The Observer Cultural Calendar for the Hamptons 2015
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A LOOK BACK : charity scenes from the Hamptons 2014
-Resident Magazine
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“The East End art crowd, a handful of party circuit regulars, and even a few fashion folk gathered in the Long Island woods on Saturday night for an annual Hamptons ritual: the Summer Benefit for Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center.”
-style.com, The Hamptons’ Annual Watermill Benefit Lives Up to Its Offbeat Rep, and Then Some
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“…the 22nd Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit brought out a slew of chic artists honoring Inga Maren Otto. Inspired by the lush settings were designers including Public School’s Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne and John Varvatos. Also taking in the soiree were Daniel Arsham, Brooke Shields, and Laura de Gunzburg while Simon de Pury hosted an auction.”
-Vogue.com, Kanye West Talks LACMA, Alessandra Facchinetti Suns in the Hamptons, and Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne Celebrate the Watermill Center
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““Au Natural” was a big theme at the Watermill Center’s summer gala in the Hamptons, and we’re not just talking the woodsy setting…”
-W Magazine
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“One of the reasons people must go to Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center benefit year after year—and this year’s raised a whopping $1.9 million—is that there’s not much like it in the world, let alone in the Hamptons.”
-The Wall Street Journal, A Forest of Performance Artists
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The Watermill Center is committed to providing accessible programs and services for all patrons and artists with disabilities. For further information about any accessibility issues or needs, please contact us at +1 212 253 7484 or email us at info@watermillcenter.org

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