With an industrial façade surrounded by frothy tall grass plantings, The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill is an unassuming jewel box brimming with modern masterpieces. But on Saturday night, it was also filled with partygoers—an in-the-know set flocked to the museum’s annual midsummer party. Raising over $1 million, the dinner and live auction unfolded on the terrace, reimagined by Ron Wendt for the occasion, who opted for modern, circular ceiling fixtures and lush greenery table décor to mimic the museum’s natural landscape.
Graphic print gowns with fanciful details abounded; Ariel Adkins even created a custom black and white floral dress to match a painting by Donald Sultan hanging in the museum’s current exhibition entitled “A Fresh Look: The Collection in Conversation.” Though, as the sun began to set, the young patrons (lured by the after-party) arrived with a dress code of their own: Midnight Metallics. In their glistening paillettes and shimmering fringe, the likes of artist Shantell Martin and siblings Larry and Toby Millstein stopped for photos in front of a Dan Flavin-inspired neon photocall before convening under a bouquet of disco balls that lit up the dance floor.