Last Saturday night, July 30, the art world descended upon the East End of Long Island for Stand: The 30th Anniversary Watermill Center Summer Benefit.

Hosted by visionary impresario Robert Wilson at his glorious 10-acre art residency and performance lab in Water Mill, New York, the event welcomed luminaries including Lucinda Childs, Kyle DeWoody, Marc Glimcher, Roselee Goldberg, and Carrie Mae Weems. Attendees chatted about their latest acquisitions, NFT drama, and other buzzy topics while sipping on Maestro Dobel tequila cocktails. It was a grand party and excuse to dress up, but art and performance—as curated by the center’s Noah Koshbin—were the main stars.

The annual gala also served as the opening party for two summer exhibitions. On view within the center’s galleries was a Christopher Knowles career survey, as well as vivid paintings by Robert Nava. Outside as the sun set, guests wandered the manicured grounds and adjacent forest to chance upon different performance art tableaux and installations.

The first of the exterior standouts was British artist Hollie Miller’s Bedrock performance. She was covered in clay and camouflaged amongst a stage of rocks, which she balanced upon and intermittently smashed. Primal and prehistoric, Miller was captivating. Elsewhere, in “Standing on the Moon,” Adam Parker Smith’s presentation of a sculpture series previously shown at The Hole gained new resonance when displayed in pastoral surroundings beyond the white cube. His eerie, sleeping-bag-esque sarcophagi (actually made from resin, steel, and urethane, rather than nylon and down fill) were illuminated and interspersed between trees.

The night ended with a good old-fashioned barn raising, with dozens of volunteers pitching in and pulling ropes to hoist Japanese artist Tsubasa Kato’s ark-like structure and make it stand. Art connoisseurs really know how to raise the roof.

Below are some highlights from event.

Robson Catalunha beckons you into the Watermill event. Photo by Jason Crowley/BFA, courtesy of Pelham Communications.

Performance artist Robson Catalunha beckons you into the event. Photo: Jason Crowley/BFA.

Gökcen Dilek Acay's smoking "Forms of Protest" performance. Photo by Maria Baranova, courtesy of Pelham Communications.

Gökcen Dilek Acay’s smoking Forms of Protest performance. Photo: Maria Baranova.

Hollie Miller battles a boulder. Photo by Maria Baranova, courtesy of Pelham Communications.

Move over Sisyphus! Hollie Miller battles a boulder. Photo: Maria Baranova.

The visionary and host Robert Wilson. Taeyi Lim's dramatic dance routine. Photo by Jason Crowley/BFA, courtesy of Pelham Communications.

The visionary and host Robert Wilson and guests. Photo: Jason Crowley/BFA.

Maestro Dobel fueled the event. Photo by Maria Baranova, courtesy of Pelham Communications.

Drinks by Maestro Dobel fueled the party. Photo: Maria Baranova.

STAND: The Watermill Center Annual Summer Benefit Photo by Jason Crowley/BFA, courtesy of Pelham Communications.

Attendees risk rope burn in the name of art. Photo: Jason Crowley/BFA.

Going up: Tsubasa Kato’s Pull and Raise sculptural installation. Photo: Jason Crowley/BFA.

Artist Tsubasa Kato instructs the assembled crowd in the art of raising a structure. Photo: Maria Baranova.

Artist Tsubasa Kato instructs the assembled crowd in the art of raising a structure. Photo: Maria Baranova.

Guests mill about at Watermill. Photo by Jason Crowley/BFA, courtesy of Pelham Communications.

Dressed for the occasion: Guests mill about at Watermill. Photo: Jason Crowley/BFA.

Attendees marvel at Laurent Le Gall's illuminated emergence. Photo by Maria Baranova, courtesy of Pelham Communications.

Attendees marvel at Laurent Le Gall’s emergence. Photo: Maria Baranova.

Maestro Dobel cocktail anyone? Photo by Jason Crowley/BFA, courtesy of Pelham Communications.

Maestro Dobel cocktail, anyone? Photo: Jason Crowley/BFA.

Taeyi Lim's dramatic dance routine. Photo by Jason Crowley/BFA, courtesy of Pelham Communications.

Taeyi Lim’s dramatic dance routine. Photo: Jason Crowley/BFA.

Adam Parker Smith's "Stand on the Moon." Photo by Maria Baranaova, courtesy of Pelham Communications.

Adam Parker Smith’s “Standing on the Moon.” Photo: Maria Baranaova.

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