The Dia: Beacon, New Yorks, Contemporary Art and Recreation in Dutchess County
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The Dia:Beacon is a local extension of the Dia contemporary art museum features the Riggio Galleries which are filled with works created from the 1960s to present day by 24 different artists. In addition to this collection the Dia:Beacon houses a number of temporary exhibitions such as the Sol LeWitt Drawing Series and Antoni Tápies’ The Resources of Rhetoric. There is also a range of events to attend at the Dia:Beacon including, film screenings, lectures, performances, and monthly gallery talks in which a specific exhibit is discussed. All of these can be viewed on their interactive calendar.

The museum is located in what used to be the Nabisco Box-Printing facility which sits right on the Hudson River. The building was renovated by Dia with the artist Robert Irwin and the architect OpenOffice. The building, originally constructed in 1929, is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building is optimal for viewing works of art as there is more than 34,000 square feet of skylights allowing for plenty of natural lighting.

Admission is only $10, or $7 for students and seniors. Additionally, children under the age of 12 are admitted for free. You can also become a member and receive complimentary admission, invitations to special events and exhibit openings, and discounts on events, at the bookstore, and at the café. Memberships are available for individuals and families. You can also experience other benefits (outlined on the membership page) by joining their friend and art council programs. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Dia e-mail newsletter or become a fan on facebook.

By: administrator On Tuesday, 11 August 2009 Hits Views(2714)