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

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.

This year, the Center’s eight-and-a-half acre grounds showcased nearly 30 site-specific works and performances curated in tribute to Reed’s exceptional life and work by artists including: Deborah Emmanuel, Dana Davenport, Kate Gilmore, Rachel Frank, Christopher Knowles, Jared Madere, Somos Monstros (Raúl de Nieves and Erik Zajaceskowski), Storyboard P, Stephen Shanabrook and Xu Zhen, in addition to video works by Daniel Monroy Cuevas, Regina José Galindo, Damir Očko and VVHY. Under the direction of Robert Wilson the grounds also featured select installations by the Center’s 80 International Summer Program participants including Miles Greenberg, Nile Harris, Marianna Kavallieratos and Laurent le Gall, Vesna Mackovic and Barbara Tran. All performances, installations and video works were curated by Noah Khoshbin and Ivan Cheng.

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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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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