Robert Wilson, Watermill Center founder

What’s your idea of devil’s heaven?

It takes two to tango. Heaven can’t exist without hell; hell can’t exist without heaven. You have a left hand and a right hand and a left side of the brain and a right side of the brain. But it’s one mind, right? Heaven and hell are one world. 

July 27, 2013 @ The Watermill Center, New York

"Devil's Heaven" was the theme at the 20th annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit, and "sinful fun" was the dress code. Smoke, singing, and spookiness were the name of the game. During cocktail hour, guests strolled the grounds, taking in site-specific artworks. "Dieter Meier and the Yello Years," exploring the conceptual performances of the artist better known as half of  music duo Yello, opened that evening (through Sept. 1).

At dinner, Alan Cumming served as emcee, introducing speakers including Robert Wilson, Lady Gaga, Winona Ryder and Marina Abramovic. Auctioneer Simon de Pury hosted a live auction, after which guests headed off the dance floor to shake it (wings and horns alike) to a great mix of tunes by DJ Nick Cohen. Daft Punk and Marvin Gaye in quick succession? Devil's heaven indeed.

We asked some of the guests about their visions of devil's heaven. Their answers appear in the captions. —KATE SEWARD

Photography by Kate Seward.

 

 



At dinner, Alan Cumming served as master of ceremonies, introducing speakers including Robert Wilson, Lady Gaga, Winona Ryder and Marina Abramovic. Auctioneer Simon de Pury hosted a live auction, after which guests headed off the dance floor to shake it (wings and horns alike) to a great mix of tunes by DJ Nick Cohen. Daft Punk and Marvin Gaye in quick succession? Devil’s heaven indeed.

We asked some of the guests about their visions of devil’s heaven. Here are their answers.