More than 1,000 people showed up to check out The Watermill Center on Sunday, August 14, for its annual Discover Day.
On view at the avant-garde laboratory: more than two dozen installations and performances created for FADA: House of Madness, the 23rd Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit & Auction, along with new work created by Watermill’s summer residency artists, and sculptures and artifacts from The Watermill Center Collection.
An annual event, Discover Watermill Day, provides a unique opportunity for visitors to see original works created by over 130 artists from more than 27 countries currently participating in The Watermill Center’s International Summer Program, a five to six week residency where participants explore and collaborate on new ideas and endeavors under the guidance of The Center’s Artistic Director, Robert Wilson.
All photos in the following gallery by Kimberly Goff.
This year, upon entering through the bamboo-lined entrance, guests encountered Jacques Reynaud’s Angels of Apocalypse, accompanied by sound installations adapted from recent recordings by Oscar nominee singer/songwriter, ANOHNI (formerly Antony Hegarty). Following Tony Piazza’s flower terraces, highlights from the day included: an exhibition of Clementine Hunter’s paintings, Marianna Kavallieratos’ four-part performance Far West, bird houses by Wilson’s long-time collaborator Christopher Knowles, a young man submerged in John Margaritis’ One Ton Tank, and The Bruce High Quality Foundation’s Manneken Pis, which offered a welcomed spritz of water from the rooftop. Guests of all ages enjoyed cotton candy from The Candy Man, face painting and temporary tattoos with Manu Halligan, hatmaking with Genevieve Neve, drawing workshops with Tea Taneski and pillow fights on the lawn with pillows from Brian O’Mahoney’s cats sleep anywhere 2. At 5:00pm, attendees gathered under the tent for an open rehearsal of Robert Wilson’s Two Oars and Turnadot, followed by a performance by gospel jazz singer Marcelle Davies-Lashley.
All photos in this gallery by Lisa Tamburini.