Shoji and I just returned from a whirlwind trip to New York. Aside from spending time with my sister and feasting on all the bounty that New York City has to offer, we visited the Dia: Beacon in Beacon, NY.
The Dia Art Foundation was established in 1974 by Philippa de Menil and Heiner Friedrich. Their mission is to support site-specific, large scale, long-term installations for artist’s work that did not easily fit into the traditional gallery/museum setting. In 2003, the Dia: Beacon opened on the shores of the Hudson River in Beacon, NY. The 240,000 square foot gallery exists on the grounds of an old Nabisco box-printing plant. The architects that renovated the plant worked closely with many of the exhibiting artists to ensure a proper environment for the artwork. They took into account that natural light (in the form of 34,000 square feet of skylights) would be responsible for illuminating the exhibits.
With focus on works from the 1970’s and 1980’s, artist’s represented in the Dia:Beacon collection include: Louise Bourgeois, Hanne Darboven, Michael Heizer, Robert Irwin, On Kawara, Sol LeWitt, Agnes Martin, Bruce Nauman, Robert Ryman, Gerhard Richter, Richard Serra, Robert Smithson, and Lawrence Weiner. Here is a slideshow of some of my favorites from the collection:
If you are in the New York City area and would like to visit Dia:Beacon, please note that their hours vary depending on season due to the fact that most of the galleries are lit entirely by natural light. Also note that Dia:Beacon is located about 60 miles (or 80 minutes) north of NYC. Please click here to visit their website for directions and more information.