DIA:Beacon

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"Nothing is worse than missing an opportunity that could've changed your life

If you've never been to DIA:Beacon, you're missing an opportunity. I'm not prepared to say it's life altering, but I'm also not prepared to say its not not life altering. 

Tucked away in a little corner of "upstate" New York, sits a small town of Beacon. It sits right on the Hudson River and is as quaint as one might think. However, Beacon hides something that is essentially a diamond in the rough. 

DIA:Beacon/Riggio Galleries is the main diamond in the crown of jewels of the city of Beacon. Opening in 2003 this amazing museum occupies what used to be a Nabisco box printing factory. This space was renovated by Robert Irwin, who has some amazing pieces situated not only at DIA:Beacon but at other museum spaces. Architects Alan Koch, Lyn Rice, Galia Solomonoff, and Linda Taalman assisted in the redevelopment of this former box printing factory. The entire space occupies 160,000 square feet and has established itself as one of the largest exhibition space in the US. DIA:Beacon primarily focuses on modern and contemporary art and is seriously a sight to behold. (Wikipedia)

Excursus: Homage to the Square by Robert Irwin

Now with the educational part out of the way we can get to the actual space. IT IS AMAZING!!! I can't say this enough. This space is amazing and I only had enough time to visit the first floor and the insane basement. 

After you've driven the 1.5 hours outside of Manhattan to Beacon, you're greeted to this unassuming light gray building. To your right, you can see the Hudson River and hear the Metro North trains as they pass by. To the left, you hear the infrequent passing of cars and above all you see are blue cloudless skies (if you go on a nice day). The entire mood just sets you up for what you're about to experience when you enter the building.

Upon entering (to the left), you're greeted by the smells of life from the cafe to the left. The admissions table straight ahead, you make your way up to the counter to pay the required $15 entrance fee. Slightly pass that straight ahead lies a few tables with some amazing books on design, art, and architecture.

An interesting chair

Turning right (like I did) takes you into the first enclave of awesomesauceness and this is the route I took. You are greeted with the work of Dan Flavin and its a long corridor of cityscapes of tubed light. Seriously I could talk more about it, but since I'm more a visual person I'm just going to show you some of the images I took at this amazing place.

Prepare to book a trip.