A Beacon Of Culture At The Dia…

Art is everywhere in the New York City area.

I jumped in the car and took a quick 70 mile colorful, changing foliage ride up to scenic Beacon, New York to the Dia:Beacon.

You can also take a one hour train ride from Grand Central.

Tucked in the Hudson Valley is the Dia:Beacon museum.

John Chamberlain

It is a converted Nabisco box printing factory on the banks of the Hudson River that sports huge windows and expansive galleries.

John Chamberlain

The impression building houses works from the permanent collection, featuring John Chamberlain, Sol LeWitt, Richard Serra and Louise Bourgeois.

Richard Serra

Each gallery was designed specifically for one artist’s work.

Louise Bourgeois

The collection of art features works from the 1960s to the present. The museum, which opened in 2003, was renovated by the Dia with artist Robert Irwin.

Dan Flavin

I enjoy the Dia:Beacon.

John Chamberlain

Not all the artwork is in my wheelhouse, but the building is fabulous, encompassing 160,000 square feet of exhibit space.

The showcase of Minimalist, Conceptual and Post-Minimalist art is displayed in maze like galleries on three levels.

Walter De Maria

The first two rooms are long, luminous spaces with skylights and old maple floors, heavily stained with machine oil from the presses that were stationed in the large space.

There is a restaurant and lovely grounds to roam.

On the way home, if the artwork has stimulated you, a stop at the Woodbury Common Premium Outlet (we are talkin’ talented designers such as Chloe, Celine, Valentino, Balenciaga, YSL, Carolina Herrera, Dior, John Hardy, Gucci, Fendi) will further aesthetically excite you…28 minutes from the Dia:Beacon via I-87 heading home.

A day trip to fulfill all your desires.

Dan Flavin

Dia:Beacon 3 Beekman Street, Beacon, New York. Open April-October Thursday-Monday  11am-6pm. November and December 11am-4pm, January-March Friday-Monday 11am-4pm. The museum is closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

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