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Time Bomb: The Watermill Center’s 25th Annual Benefit Honors the Late Pierre Bergé

The Watermill Center's 25th Annual Benefit

Last weekend, the Watermill Center celebrated its 25th annual summer benefit, “Time Bomb.” The evening, which was centered around the idea of looking to the future, featured an enchanted forest filled with art and performance conceived by the center’s founder and artistic director, Robert Wilson.

Over 1000 prominent names from the art world (like Madison Cox, James Taylor, and Olivia Tedesco) roamed the 10-acre grounds of the center’s campus in Water Mill, New York, sipping cocktails provided by Gerolsteiner, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, and Tequila Don Julio. Guests experienced a selection of performances and art curated by Ivan Cheng and Noah Khoshbin—including works by around 40 artists like Dawn Kasper, Bäst, Christopher Knowles, and Georgia Sagri.

The Watermill Center's 25th Annual Benefit

Photo by Neil Rasmus (BFA)
Courtesy of the Watermill Center

Dinner followed, served in a tent lit to mimic a starry night sky, during which Wilson made a speech dedicating the evening to the foundation’s longtime friend and supporter, the late Pierre Bergé.

The fundraiser culminated in a silent auction hosted by Simon de Pury, where an evening with Marina Abramović (also in attendance) and the works of artists like Peter Beard and Tseng Kwong Chi were given to the highest bidder. The auction came to a close with a rendition of Coming Home performed by Helga Davis, who also emceed the event. A lively after party DJed by OSGEMEOS wrapped up the festivities.

The Watermill Center's 25th Annual Benefit

Othon Prounis, Kathy Prounis, Dan Gundrum, and Stephen Apking
Photo by Neil Rasmus (BFA)
Courtesy of the Watermill Center

“Time Bomb” was presented by Van Cleef & Arpels with the help of sponsors illycaffè, Mouton Rothschild, and Karma Automotive who provided its 2018 Revero for guest transportation.


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