The Watermill Center, an interdisciplinary laboratory for the arts and humanities presents STAND, its 30th anniversary Summer Benefit. The July 30th evening, curated by Noah Khoshbin, will feature performances, installations, exhibitions, cocktails, and food from local chef, Colin Ambrose.
The night takes inspiration from writer H.G Well’s assertion for renewal “if you fell down yesterday, stand up today”, recognizing the need for solidarity due to challenges that many are facing in today’s world.
The Annual Summer Benefit will unite art, theater, music, design, and fashion to raise funds for The Center’s year-round programming. Founded in 1992 by theater director and artists Robert Wilson, The Center puts emphasis on creativity and collaboration, offering year-round artist residencies and education programs.
The Center will present public exhibitions by various artists at STAND, including Adam Parker Smith’s outdoor Sarcophagi sculpture series, on view through 2023. Japanese artist Tsubasa Kato will also present his evolving participatory installation/action Pull and Raise. Kato’s participatory actions invite audience members into the installation as participants, highlighting the current need for global action.
The Center will also present two solo exhibitions by artists Christopher Knowles and Robert Nava in their gallery spaces on July 30th. Knowles’ work will be presented in a comprehensive exhibition, covering all periods of his artistic career. The exhibition is the result of a two-year examination of Knowles’ archive, which revealed new bodies of works, and approaches to his subject matter.
New contemporary drawing and animations by Robert Nava will be displayed alongside older works. His work draws from mythology, philosophy, religion, and ancient history as well as video games, monsters, and the animal kingdom. This exhibition will be on view through September.