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Dia:Beacon, Beacon

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Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries is the museum for the Dia Art Foundation's collection of art from the 1960s to the present. The museum, which opened in 2003, is situated on the banks of the Hudson River in Beacon, New York. Dia:Beacon occupies a former Nabisco box-printing facility that was renovated by Dia with artist Robert Irwin and architects Alan Koch, Lyn Rice, Galia Solomonoff, and Linda Taalman, then of OpenOffice. Along with Dia's permanent collection, Dia:Beacon also presents temporary exhibitions, as well as public programs designed to complement the collection and exhibitions, including monthly Gallery Talks, Merce Cunningham Dance Company Events, Community Free Days for neighboring counties, and an education program that serves area students at all levels. With 160000sqft, it is one of the largest exhibition spaces in the country for modern and contemporary art.OverviewDia pioneered the conversion of industrial buildings for the installation of contemporary art, a practice and aesthetic now widely adopted by museums and galleries internationally. Dia's most recent conversion, its museum in Beacon, is located in a former printing plant built in 1929 by Nabisco (National Biscuit Company). The museum is sited on thirty-one acres on the banks of the Hudson River, and is adjacent to ninety acres of riverfront parkland. It is a five-minute walk from the Metro-North train station in Beacon, 60 miles (80 minutes by train) north of New York City.
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  • Dia: Beacon is in walking distance from train station. It takes less than an hour to get there by train from Grand Central. A lot to explore inside with a very nice garden outside. They do have an ama...  more »
  • Interesting place. A bit too modern for my tastes. Very nice grounds right on the Hudson River if the art is too much.  more »
  • I had been to Dia:Beacon before, but the experience yesterday was completely different because of the museum's twice-daily (Sat. & Sun. only), 45-60 minute, free tour. Our guide, Jean-Marc, was AMAZIN...  more »
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  • If you like modern art, you’ll love this place. It’s an absolutely beautiful building and grounds. Some of the stuff I didn’t get it, but it’s a great experience and cool to see. Favorite was the huge metal sculptures you can walk in and out of!
  • Art and presentation vary. Some I liked very much, some not so much. I strongly disliked the staff and their attitude. On our visit, an incredibly arrogant woman who appeared to be barely out of her teens took it upon herself to dress down my 75 year old mother (who is an architect by training and has spent her life in art museums) for being "too close" to the artwork. Not for touching it. Not for trying to touch it. For being too near it, in this rude child's opinion. When my embarrassed mom feebly defended herself by saying "I wasn't going to touch anything, I know better..." the enfant terrible snapped back at her, "DOESN'T MATTER, IT'S CONSIDERED ART." Whatever that means. Awful experience. I had a much, much more pleasant time at Storm King, and I wish I'd taken my parents there on their visit instead.
  • need more explanations !! for some abstract art. there is no info about what the art is. as an abstract photographer i loved it. but as an observer there is nothing that made sense. my friends didn't like the place and thought it was a waste of time and money as we drove all the way to the place.
  • One of the coolest spots in Beacon, NY. Almost completely illuminated by natural light, Dia: Beacon is a very different kind of museum. There are multiple floors all filled with large and engaging installations, each with a completely different look and feel. Definitely plan on spending at least a few hours here, there's a lot to take in! Parking is free, and it's also located right next to the Beacon ferry and train station, so there are plenty of ways to get here.
  • Amazing light installation. Can easily spend hours walking around the enormous gallery to see various installations. 10 min walk to Main Street for coffee and lunch, small shops to explore. 5 to 8 minute walk to Beacon train station on Metro North Hudson line.
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