Against a wall proclaiming "Make America Great Again" in blood red, an electric chair did not seem out of place. Not for nothing was the Watermill Center's annual gala called "Fada: House of Madness." Created by Pussy Riot, the work augured the ironies of installations throughout Robert Wilson's foundation's ample grounds. Even though rain threatened the evening's anarchy, bronze angels spouted eerie wisdom and monitors flickered in the woods.
For auction, Annie Leibowitz' playful portrait of Robert Wilson was on display among many paintings and photos, and art-world guests like Hunt Slonem, Bob Colacello, Jay McInerney, Lana Jokel, Fern Mallis, and Katharina Otto-Bernstein could mingle among them. Celebrating his own 75th birthday, Wilson greeted everyone.
Earlier on, we stopped at The Drawing Room for a look at Adrian Nivola's new show. Working in wood, he sculpted whimsical musical instruments, accented with wire, and other delicate materials including button sized clock faces for the keys on a clarinet. Looking close, you could see some were missing hands. The artist's brother Alessandro Nivola and wife Emily Mortimer hosted the celebration before going off to Ireland and Spain for work on their new movies. Blythe Danner stopped by on her way to a birthday party. Dominic West, sported a full beard, suggesting a new twist for his Showtime series, The Affair. And, Billionaire's Damian Lewis assured a mourner for his Homeland character, yes, "Brody is dead!"
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