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An evening of elegance. Bring out the cocktails, set up the floating dinner, and display the exhibitions! The Watermill Center in Water Mill, NY presents the BODY: The Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit. A centre of interdisciplinary arts and humanities, the Watermill Center hosts this event on Saturday, July 29th from 18h to 22h; in doing so, it aims to emphasise and examine the “body’s role in art making”.

The entire exhibition features work from internationally renowned artists; most pieces were constructed within the Watermill space in the weeks leading up to the evening of the event. It presents exhibits ranging across styles both classical and contemporary and mediums of painting, sculpture, performance, and video.

On top of displaying pieces by Watermill’s summer artists-in-residence Thomas Anderson (United States), Yunseo Choi (Republic of Korea, Germany), Afra Al Dhaheri (United Arab Emirates), and more, the event showcases work by Guatemalan artist Regina José Galindo and Italian artist Alessandro Di Pietro. Galindo’s piece The Body follows her two-decade career in performance art and poetry. Meanwhile, Di Pietro’s Ghostwriting Paul Thek: Time Capsules and Reliquaries explores a reality in which artist Paul Thek did not die prematurely, continuing his work as a ghostwriter, thus prolonging his legacy.

A restaging workshop of Robert Wilson’s Ubu will conclude the evening at Watermill Center. The piece, a commentary against war and totalitarianism. This closer presents a reflection on the inequalities depicted in history as opposed to inequalities still present in modern society and features the summer Artists-in-Residency as performers. Ubu was inspired by Alfred Jarry’s 1896 classic, which was originally on display at the Es Baluard Museum in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

Mark your calendars. The evening of Saturday, July 29th will be artistically stimulating and socially intriguing.

Zach Lee

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