Address: 3 Beekman Street
Phone: 845 440 0100
Dia:Beacon, Dia Art Foundationâ€™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.
Dia:Beaconâ€™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.
Sol LeWitt, Drawing Series. . .
September 16, 2006â€“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 Seriesâ€”Composite, Part Iâ€“IV, #1â€“24, A+B (1969) and 1 2 3: All Three-Part Variations on Three Different Kinds of Cubes (1967/2003), â€śDrawing Series. . .â€ť illuminates the scope and complexity of the LeWittâ€™s vocabulary.
Agnes Martin, A Field of Vision: Paintings from the 1980s
August 3, 2006â€“March 5, 2007
Diaâ€™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 Martinâ€™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 LĂŞ, Trap Rock
September 16, 2006â€“September 10, 2007
â€śTrap Rockâ€ť, 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 LĂŞ envisions this veteran site in terms that go beyond the specifics of the strictly documentary in search of what she deems â€śa larger understanding of history and culture.â€ť
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Agnes Martin, Homage to [a] Life: Paintings 1990â€“2003
April 6â€“November 26, 2007
Spanning the years 1990â€“2003, this final installment in Diaâ€™s five-part retrospective devoted to Agnes Martinâ€™s oeuvre will include â€śInnocent Love,â€ť 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 â€śblackâ€ť paintings; informed by a more foreboding or disturbing tenor, they recall some of her first mature statements of the late 1950s.
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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 MTAâ€™s website at www.mta.nyc.ny.us. The museum is also reachable by major roadways. Driving directions are available on Diaâ€™s website at www.diaart.org.
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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. Lukeâ€™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.