On Saturday, we piled into the car and drove up to Dia:Beacon in Duchess County, NY, an 11-year-old contemporary art museum famous for its large-scale works from the 1960s and '70s which are housed in a former Nabisco box-making factory. Some of our favorites: John Chamberlain's scrap metal auto part sculptures, Fred Sandback's thread frames, Blinky Palermo's color-blocked acrylic panels, and Richard Serra's enormous steel "Torqued Ellipses," which we giddily ran in and out of in the factory's old train depot. I'd love to share some photos with you guys, but since there was a strict "no photo" policy, here's the next best thing: the beautifully-landscaped grounds, which were designed by Robert Irwin. Sure, the weather (75 and sunny) helped, but it was near perfection hanging out on the benches in the west garden while Louise Lawler's "Birdcalls" played intermittently over the outdoor speakers, and the same can be said for sitting on the lush green hill overlooking the Hudson River. I promise I didn't coordinate my son's fluorescent green Beatle's shirt to match, it was just a happy coincidence! Tips and other info below the gallery.
Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman St., Beacon, NY 12508
Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays year-round, and Thursdays in January, February, and March.
January through March
Friday - Monday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
April through October
Thursday to Monday - 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
November through December
Thursday to Monday - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dia:Beacon is located approximately 120 minutes north of Manhattan and 120 minutes south of Albany. It's an eight-minute walk from the Beacon train station, which is served by Metro North's Hudson line from Grand Central Terminal and Poughkeepsie. Trains run hourly in either direction.
$12 general, $8 students; $10 seniors
Free for Dia members and children under 12
Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010
May 5, 2014-March 2, 2015
- You cannot bring large bags, i.e. backpacks, into the gallery.
- Dia offers umbrella strollers for free, which come in handy as the space is sprawling.
- No photography!
- The museum restaurant serves food from local cafe Homespun Foods, but if it's too crowded, try their other location at 232 Main St. which is right in town. You can walk up and down Main St. and enjoy all the plentiful shopping and public art opportunities. I'll be doing a larger post on the town of Beacon soon with lots more info!