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Watermill Center, Marlenes Dietrich in Dr.No's Ludovico Clinic

Photo by:  Patrick McMullan



Marlene Dietrich in Dr. No’s Ludovico Clinic (Dr. Baby Erzland), the 15th Annual Watermill Center Benefit, raised a total of $1.5 million for the Center’s year-round international artist residencies and education programs. The event was sponsored by LVMH with beverages generously provided by Bacardi, Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Peroni and VOSS artesian water from Norway. Olivier Cheng catered the event.


The unusual title of the gala is also the name of a site-specific installation created for the event by noted young German artist Jonathan Meese.  Over 1,000 guests viewed this installation, which took over many rooms in the usually-pristine interior of Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center.  Guests also enjoyed site-specific outdoor installations throughout Watermill’s wooded grounds by an array of international artists including avant-garde performance group Shakespeare’s Wild Sisters (Taiwan), noise-rock band Japanther (U.S.), drummers from the U-Theatre (Taiwan) and installation artist Anita Dube (India), who created a red tent filled with burning candles and the word LOVE spelled out in 4 foot high wax letters.  The Center’s façade was transformed into an original Bollywood film poster by the Indian artist Baba Anand.  This year for the first time, the art installations will remain on view and can be toured by the public until August 10th.


A major contribution to the evening was a live and silent auction of artwork donated by the international artists’ community. Highlights included a VOOM Portrait of a snow owl by the Watermill Center’s founder, Robert Wilson, as well as an original chair stage prop from his seminal theater work Einstein on the Beach, which set a new auction record for a Wilson chair sculpture




Other auction items included a portrait commission from popular singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright, and works by Jonathan Meese, Matthew Barney, Terence Koh, Lisa Yukavage, Gao Xingjian, Thomas Ruff, and Enoc Perez.  A special auction item this year was Golden Classix, a stunning Palamino mare and a descendant of the legendary Bask. The crowd was awed as a beautiful horse, one similar to Golden Classix who was allowed to stay home at her Texas ranch, was led through the dinner tent to inspire the bidding.


All of the artwork was produced and installed at the Watermill Center with the help of over 100 participants from 30 countries in the Center’s International Summer Program.


Guests at the event included Kim Cattrall, Rufus Wainwright, Roger Waters, Rachel Zoe, Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky, Marina Ambramovic, Lisa

Dennison, Jonathan Meese, Anne Hearst McInerney and Jay McInerney, First Lady Michelle Paige Paterson, Fabiola Beracasa, Bob Colacello, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Michael Govan and Katherine Ross, Debbie Bancroft, Laura Harring, Lea Carpenter Brokaw, Lisa Anastos, Carter Burden, Dalia Oberlander, Hope Atherton, Lisa de Kooning, Jonathan Safran Foer and Nicole Krauss, Somers and Jonathan Farkas, Tatiana and Campion Platt, Jane Holzer, Lisa Perry, Douglas Hannant, Susan Baker and Michael Lynch, Audrey and Martin Gruss, Louise T. Blouin MacBain, Chris Cuomo and Christina Greeven Cuomo.



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