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From a Giant White Bear to a Dead Fish: A Look Around the Watermill Benefit

Brian O'Mahoney Todo el Mundo es Kitch at the Watermill Center benefit.

Brian O’Mahoney’s Todo el Mundo es Kitch at the Watermill Center benefit.

This year’s Watermill Center Benefit, titled “Circus of Stillness: The Power over Wild Beasts,” offered performance art and installations from 24 artists around the institution’s wooden campus and a wide mix of celebrity guests such as Rufus Wainwright, Brooke Shields, and Roger Waters. The band Barr Shea Dahl jammed in a tiny cottage as artist Brian O’Mahoney brooded on a nearby bench. Khesrau Behroz was a vision in aluminum foil as artificial rain fell and the sun started to go down. Luke Smithers showed impressive concentration while staring at a white wall with a dead fish hanging around his neck back. Sierra Casady of CocoRosie delivered an energetic performance and dance with the help of backing performers and dancers as attendees bid on items in the silent auction. Robert Wilson, Watermill’s leader, chatted with Bill Cunningham, who despite a knee injury was actively photographing the scene. Below, a look around the benefit.

ALL PHOTOS: KATHERINE MCMAHON

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