18th Annual Watermill Summer Benefit

Theatre, art, fashion and design collide at Voluptuous Panic: The 18th Annual Watermill Summer Benefit in Water Mill

July 30, 2011
Water Mill, NY
6PM – 12AM

The Watermill Center will once again bring together the worlds of theater, art, fashion, design, and society for Voluptuous Panic: The 18th Annual Watermill Summer Benefit. Benefit artists and Watermill International Summer Program Participants from over 30 different countries will create six acres of installations and performances throughout the grounds of Watermill during the event. The funds raised will support The Watermill Center’s International Summer Program and Fall / Spring Residency Program, providing a unique environment for young and emerging artists to explore and develop their work.

Beginning at 6pm, the evening will include cocktails, courtesy of Bacardi USA, a silent auction, performances, art installations, dinner, dancing and a live auction hosted by auctioneer Simon de Pury,
Chairman, Phillips de Pury & Company.

The evening will end with guests dancing under the stars in the auction tent. This year’s silent and live auction will include over 75 lots from emerging and established artists including:

  • Marina Abramovic
  • Hans Arp
  • Mary Heilmann
  • Arturo Herrera
  • Robert Longo
  • Christian Marclay
  • Adam McEwen
  • Malcolm Morley
  • Olivier Mosset
  • Robert Lazzarini
  • Tim Rollins + K.O.S.
  • David Salle
  • Andres Serrano
  • Taryn Simon
  • Philippe Starck
  • Yoko Ono
  • Robert Wilson

Special lots created in celebration of Robert Wilson’s 70th Birthday.

Voluptuous Panic will be fearless this summer and will inspire the fashion, as it is the dress code for the evening. It will be a true festival of the arts and performance all to benefit Watermill and it’s mission to provide a unique environment for young and emerging artists to explore new ideas and foster their career development.

The gift bag will be provided by Aesop USA, Inc. in collaboration with The Watermill Center.

Drinks will be provided by Bacardi USA, Mouton Rothschild, Stella Artois, and Izzie.


  • Distinguished Patron Table $25,000
  • Benefactor Table for 10 – $15,000
  • Patron Table for 10 – $10,000
  • Donor ticket(s) – $1,500
  • Contributor Ticket(s) – $1,000
  • Cocktail Ticket(s) – $500

Summer Participants:

  • Carrie McGrath
  • Molly Weis
  • Olga Generalova
  • Gjorje Jovanovik
  • Santiago Taccetti

Honorary Chairs:

  • Marina Abramovic
  • Jane Adams
  • Pedro Almodóvar
  • Laurie Anderson
  • David Bowie & Iman
  • Steve Buscemi
  • Chuck Close
  • Bob Colacello
  • Alan Cumming
  • Willem Dafoe
  • Christophe de Menil
  • Jimmy Fallon
  • Jonathan Safran Foer & Nicole Krauss
  • Frank Gehry
  • Philip Glass
  • Nan Goldin
  • Zaha Hadid
  • Antony Hegarty
  • H.R.H. Princess Caroline of Hanover
  • Anjelica Huston
  • Jenny Holzer
  • Bianca Jagger
  • Norah Jones
  • Harvey Keitel
  • Kylie Minogue
  • Jessye Norman
  • Mary-Louise Parker
  • Charlotte Rampling
  • Lou Reed
  • Charles Renfro
  • Isabella Rossellini
  • Sharon Stone
  • James Turrell
  • Viktor & Rolf
  • Dita von Teese
  • Rufus Wainwright

Benefit Chairs:

  • Shaikha Paula Al-Sabah
  • Lisa Anastos
  • Wallis Annenberg
  • Lisa de Kooning
  • Steven DeLuca
  • Carla Emil & Rich Silverstein
  • Wendy & Roger Ferris
  • Anke & Juergen Friedrich
  • Barbara Goldsmith
  • Anne Hearst McInerney & Jay McInerney
  • Calvin Klein
  • Dorothy Lichtenstein
  • Lisa & Richard Perry
  • Maria Pessino
  • Tatiana & Campion Platt
  • Leila & Melville Straus
  • Christine Wächter-Campbell & William I. Campbell

Contemporary Chairs:

  • Valerie Boster
  • Martin Dawson
  • Amanda Hearst
  • Dalia Oberlander


Watermill is a laboratory for performance founded by Robert Wilson as a unique environment for young and emerging artists from around the world to explore new ideas. Watermill draws inspiration from all the arts and cultures as well as from social, human and natural sciences. Watermill is a global community of artists. Living and working together among the extensive collection of art and artifacts lies at the heart of the Watermill experience. Watermill is a haven for the next generations of artists, supporting their work among a network of international institutions and venues that embrace new interdisciplinary approaches.

The Watermill Center
39 Watermill Towd Road
Water Mill NY


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