The Watermill Center Announces
STAND: The 30th Anniversary
Watermill Center Summer Benefit
with New Exhibitions by Christopher Knowles
and Robert Nava
July 30, 2022| 6-9pm
WATER MILL, NY – The Watermill Center, an interdisciplinary laboratory for the arts and humanities located in Water Mill, presents STAND, its 30th anniversary Summer Benefit. The evening will feature performances, installations, exhibitions, cocktails, and small bites from a local Chef, Colin Ambrose. STAND is presented by Van Cleef & Arpels.
Taking inspiration from English writer, H.G Well’s assertion for renewal “if you fell down yesterday, stand up today”, The Watermill Center acknowledges the international need for solidarity and the unprecedented challenges that many are confronting nationally and globally. STAND at The Watermill Center will be a space where artists from different nations can create; a site where different communities can gather; an event where the audience can become the participant.
The Center will present public exhibitions by various artists at STAND, including Adam Parker Smith’s outdoor Sarcophagi sculpture series, on view through 2023. Standing upright on marble plinths, Smith’s Sarcophagi are pointedly recognizable in their resemblance to sub-zero sleeping bags. Fabricated over the past two years in resin, steel, and urethane, Smith crafted these as a response to global loss, as symbolic gestures of lamentation at a time when public commemorations are conspicuously absent. Japanese artist Tsubasa Kato presents his evolving participatory installation/action Pull and Raise. Kato’s participatory actions transform an audience into a collective participant highlighting the current need for global action and solidarity. Eight cast bronze sculptures produced by artist Liz Glynn, based on Auguste Rodin’s structures from her project, The Myth of Singularity will be on view. Appropriating renowned works by Rodin, including The Thinker, Balzac and The Burghers of Calais, the sculptures, all in different formations, emphasize imperfections and distortion as a form, bringing to mind, wounded androgynous bodies closely tied to the Dada works derived from WWI.
Additionally, STAND opens public presentations by artists Elettra Bottazzi (Italy), Robson Catalunha (Brazil), Deniz Celebic (Turkey), Yeliz Celebic (Turkey), NiNi Dongnier (China), Laurent Le Gall (France), Liz Glynn (United States), Tsubasa Kato (Japan), Christopher Knowles (United States), Taeyi Lim (Korea), Niccolo Masini (Italy), Hollie Miller (United Kingdom), Robert Nava (United States), Adam Parker Smith (United States), Vilim Poljanec (Croatia), Matthew Shipp (United States), Xu Zhen (China), among others. Curated by Robert Wilson and Noah Khoshbin.
The benefit also marks the opening of solo exhibitions by returning alumni artist Christopher Knowles and Inga Maren Otto Fellowship resident Robert Nava. The Center presents a comprehensive exhibition of Knowles’ work throughout the South Wing of the main building, covering all periods of his artistic career, including his drawings, typings, paintings, sculpture, sound work, and performance. Contemporary drawing and animations by Robert Nava will occupy The Center’s Residence Gallery inviting all visitors to engage with the works within the Artist-in-Residence Studio space. Additional summer programming includes an exhibition partnership between Otto Fellow Hank Willis Thomas & For Freedoms at Parrish Art Museum (opening July 24, 2022).
The Annual Summer Benefit unites the worlds of art, theater, music, design, and fashion to raise funds in support of The Center’s year-round programming. Curated by Noah Khoshbin and highlighting the work of The Watermill Center’s international community, the 2022 benefit and concurrent exhibitions serve as an open door to all audiences and serve to capture the spirit of The Watermill Center’s 30 year artistic mission.
Food will be provided by Chef Colin Ambrose of Estia’s Little Kitchen.
For more information about The Watermill Center, its Artists-in-Residence, and its upcoming public programs, visit www.watermillcenter.org.
Founded in 1992 by avant-garde visionary Robert Wilson, The Watermill Center is an interdisciplinary laboratory for the arts and humanities situated on ten acres of Shinnecock ancestral territory on Long Island’s East End. With an emphasis on creativity and collaboration, The Center offers year-round artist residencies and education programs, providing a global community with the time, space, and freedom to create and inspire.
The Watermill Center’s rural campus combines multifunctional studios with ten acres of manicured grounds and gardens, housing a carefully curated art collection, expansive research library, and archives illustrating the life and work of Artistic Director, Robert Wilson. The Center’s facilities enable Artists-in-Residence to integrate resources from the humanities and research from the sciences into contemporary artistic practice. Through year-round public programs, The Watermill Center demystifies the artistic process by facilitating unique insight into the creative process of a rotating roster of national and international artists.
The Watermill Center’s programs are made possible by awards from Cowles Charitable Trust, Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust, Dr. Lee MacCormick Edwards Charitable Foundation, Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art, JAF Foundation, Jerome Robbins Foundation, Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, The LLWW Foundation, mediaThe foundation inc., The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, The Nightingale Code Foundation, May & Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, The Suffolk County Office of Economic Development, The Suffolk County Office of Film and Cultural Affairs, Leila & Mickey Straus Family Charitable Fund, and the Town of Southampton.