The 24th Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit & Auction

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The 24th Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit & Auction
Saturday, July 29 | 6:00pm-midnight

Honoring Laurie Anderson & Isabelle Huppert
In tribute to Lou Reed

Presented by Van Cleef & Arpels

On Saturday, July 29, 2017​, ​The Watermill Center invites you to enter another world, one conceived by Founder and Artistic Director Robert Wilson and International ​Summer Program participants of all disciplines and backgrounds. D​escribed as an enchanted forest and performance art extravaganza, the Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit unites the worlds of art, performance, music, theatre, design, architecture and fashion. All funds raised support The Center’s year-round Artist Residency and Education Programs that provide a unique environment for young and emerging artists to explore and develop new work.

6:00 cocktails performances silent auction art installations
8:00 dinner live auction performances
10:00 dancing dessert
dress code dark shiny matter

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To purchase tickets, please follow the links below.

Distinguished Benefactor Table for 10 | $50,000 [$48,500 tax-deductible]
premium seating for ten at dinner; buyer is credited as distinguished benefactor in the evening program and will receive one page of advertising in the auction catalog
purchase here

Benefactor Table for 10 | $25,000 [$23,500 tax-deductible]
prime seating for ten at dinner; buyer is credited as benefactor in the evening program
purchase here

Patron Table for 10 | $15,000 [$13,500 tax-deductible]
seating for ten at dinner; buyer is credited as patron in the evening program
purchase here

Vice-Chair Ticket(s) | $2,500 [$2,350 tax-deductible]
premium seating for one at dinner; buyer is credited as vice-chair in the evening program
purchase here

Donor Ticket(s) |  $2,000 [$1,850 tax-deductible]
prime seating for one at dinner; buyer is credited as donor in the evening program
purchase here

Contributor Ticket(s) | $1,500 [$1,350 tax-deductible]
seating for one at dinner; buyer is credited as contributor in the evening program
* contributor ticket only available through july 14, 2017
purchase here

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

For questions or to purchase tickets over the phone, please contact Erin Wainwright at +1 (212) 253-7484 x115 or email To purchase tickets via email or mail, please download and complete the form here. 

For all auction inquiries please email

For all press inquiries please email

About Van Cleef & Arpels

Founded at Paris’ 22 Place Vendôme in 1906, Van Cleef & Arpels came into being following Estelle Arpels’ marriage to Alfred Van Cleef in 1895. Over the decades, the excellence of the High Jewelry Maison established its reputation across the world. Its emblematic signatures – such as the Alhambra® motif, the Zip necklace or the Mystery Set™ technique – its selection of Pierres de Caractère™, exceptional gems that instill an emotion, and the savoir-faire of its Mains d’Or™, the virtuoso craftsmen of Van Cleef & Arpels’ workshops, have given birth to jewelry and watchmaking collections redolent of dreams and enchantment. Today, the Maison remains faithful to this highly distinctive style characterized by poetry, refinement, creativity and artistic sensibility. Whether inspired by nature, couture, dance or the imagination, it offers the world a gateway to a timeless universe of beauty and harmony.

Van Cleef & Arpels’ constant commitment to creation also finds expression in its various activities as a partner and patron in the cultural field. Reflecting the Maison’s attachment to values of transmission and sharing, these initiatives take place in sectors that it holds dear: they include heritage protection, fine and decorative arts, design, ballet and poetry.

All sales are final. As this event benefits The Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation, no refunds or exchanges will be issued. Tickets are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. This event is rain or shine.
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 212 253 7484 x 115 or email us at
Past Summer Benefits : 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008
image © Matt Bollinger and Zürcher Gallery

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