Hi! I'm back after a three month summer hiatus! This past Saturday a group of us headed upstate for some fresh air and art, which, naturally, led us to Dia: Beacon, a 300,000 square foot former Nabisco box printing factory that now houses an impressive art collection that dates from the 1960s to today. Nearly entirely lit by natural light, the building is the perfect platform to exhibit such a collection.
The factory was built in 1929, alongside the Hudson River, with its original design credited to Nabisco's staff architect Louis N. Wirshing, Jr. To renovate the building artist Robert Irwin collaborated with the architecture firm OpenOffice, working with the building's original design, emphasizing natural light, and essentially converting the space into a white-walled, hardwood floored (I was wearing wooden heels and each step echoed through the spacious galleries) heaven of a museum.
When I first walked into the museum I was greeted with Imi Knoebel 24 Colors--for Blinky, simply minimal, the work presents itself in a large corridor, which accentuates the colossal scale of the building. The white canvases of Agnes Martin, by which I would walk right past, say, if I were at the Met, appeared differently in Beacon. The abundance of natural light changes the viewing experience. The spacious, sunlit rooms make the large scale sculptures, such as the work of John Chamberlain and Richard Serra, seem as though this is where they were meant to be all along. The work of Bruce Nauman is housed in the basement. Slightly creepy, his Performance Corrido, incorporates "surveillance cameras and closed-circuit video systems that function like mirrors" and is the perfect Instagram worthy photo of your friend flipping you the bird. The drawings of Sol LeWitt, in some rooms, flank the wall from floor to ceiling, with detail that brings your eye a couple of inches from the wall–––together, a beautifully curated collection, in an awe-inducing, Hudson School of painting kind of lighting, nearly perfect space. I highly recommend this day trip to EVERYONE.