Beacon, NY Day Trip


Attraction | 3 Beekman Street, Beacon, New York; (845) 440-0100

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From the day trip trip Detour from Dia:Beacon to Main Street

Occupying a revamped 1929 Nabisco printing factory, Dia:Beacon's gallery spaces are positively enthralling, with soaring ceilings, light-filled rooms, and maple floors–a total contrast to the dark, airless quarters common to even Manhattan's best museums. The permanent collection of conceptual and minimalist art, mostly from the '60s and '70s, is just as gobsmacking. Highlights like Andy Warhol's 102 "shadow paintings" (pictured), specifically commissioned for Dia, hang frame-to-frame, pulsing color into a central room; Richard Serra's four steel Torqued Ellipses sculptures loom quietly in the factory's onetime train depot; and Michael Heizer's North, East, South, West "negative sculpture" cuts into the main floor, prompting pangs of vertigo. Clear your head in the West Garden, listening for artist Louise Lawler's audio Birdcalls as you stroll on manicured walks. Excellent gallery talks and contemporary dance performances often take place on weekends; do check the schedule in advance. $10;


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