Beacon

United States



Address:
3 Beekman Street
New York
12508
Phone: 845 440 0100
Website: www.diaart.org

Dia:Beacon

Dia:Beacon, Dia Art Foundation’s museum in the Hudson Valley, presents a distinguished collection of contemporary art from the 1960s to the present. Situated on the banks of the Hudson River in Beacon, New York, the museum occupies a former Nabisco box-printing facility, which was renovated by Dia with artist Robert Irwin and architect OpenOffice.


Permanent Collection

Dia:Beacon’s expansive galleries comprise 240,000 square feet of exhibition space illuminated by natural light. The museum houses works by a focused group of some of the most significant artists of the last half century, including Bernd and Hilla Becher, Joseph Beuys, Louise Bourgeois, John Chamberlain, Walter De Maria, Dan Flavin, Michael Heizer, Robert Irwin, Donald Judd, On Kawara, Imi Knoebel, Sol LeWitt, Agnes Martin, Bruce Nauman, Blinky Palermo, Gerhard Richter, Robert Ryman, Fred Sandback, Richard Serra, Robert Smithson, Andy Warhol, and Lawrence Weiner.


Exhibitions

Sol LeWitt, Drawing Series. . .
September 16, 2006–September 10, 2006
A presentation of fourteen key works from the late 1960s through the mid-1970s, comprising a selection of wall drawings, chosen, sequenced, and sited by the artist specifically for the galleries at Dia:Beacon. Installed to accompany other works by the artist at Dia:Beacon, including Drawing Series—Composite, Part I–IV, #1–24, A+B (1969) and 1 2 3: All Three-Part Variations on Three Different Kinds of Cubes (1967/2003), “Drawing Series. . .” illuminates the scope and complexity of the LeWitt’s vocabulary.

Agnes Martin, A Field of Vision: Paintings from the 1980s
August 3, 2006–March 5, 2007
Dia’s four-year retrospective of works by Agnes Martin enters its fourth part with A Field of Vision: Paintings from the 1980s. The exhibition focuses on an exceptionally productive period in Martin’s career when the artist explored the possibilities of surface and color and concentrated on the horizontal divisions of the canvas almost exclusively. A Field of Vision will be followed in 2007 by the fifth and final presentation dedicated to works made from the 1990s to her death in 2004.

An-My Lê, Trap Rock
September 16, 2006–September 10, 2007
“Trap Rock”, a series of some twenty-two photographs, surveys a basalt quarry located some 10 miles up the Hudson from Dia:Beacon. By drawing on both painterly and photographic traditions, An-My Lê envisions this veteran site in terms that go beyond the specifics of the strictly documentary in search of what she deems “a larger understanding of history and culture.”


Exhibitions (2)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Agnes Martin, Homage to [a] Life: Paintings 1990–2003
April 6–November 26, 2007

Spanning the years 1990–2003, this final installment in Dia’s five-part retrospective devoted to Agnes Martin’s oeuvre will include “Innocent Love,” a suite commissioned by Dia in 1999, in addition to other paintings that also explore her long-standing preoccupation with states of innocence, joy, and happiness. Exceptional among these signature works from her final years are the anomalous “black” paintings; informed by a more foreboding or disturbing tenor, they recall some of her first mature statements of the late 1950s.


Cost

$10 general
$7 students and seniors
Free for members and children under 12


Opening hours

mid-April thru mid-Oct
Thu-Mon, 11am-6pm

mid-Oct thru mid-Nov
Thu-Mon, 11am-4pm

mid-Nov thru mid-April
Fri-Mon, 11am-4pm

*check website for specific dates


Getting there

Dia:Beacon is easily reachable via Metro-North Railroad. The Hudson Line station in Beacon is within walking distance of the museum. Trains depart hourly from Grand Central Terminal in New York City. For schedule and fare information, please visit the MTA’s website at www.mta.nyc.ny.us. The museum is also reachable by major roadways. Driving directions are available on Dia’s website at www.diaart.org.




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Education

Programming at the museum includes a series of year-long temporary exhibitions as well as public programs designed to complement the collection and exhibitions, including monthly Gallery Talks, music performances by St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Readings in Contemporary Literature, Community Free Days for neighboring counties and an education program that serves area students at all education levels.