by Allicette Torres

Traveling often upstate I seem to gravitate to the DIA:Beacon more times than necessary. I find it painful that they do not rotate their roster of artists frequently enough for my tastes. However, I can forgive them just enough to enter into the building because of the engrossing esthetics of the museum. Its expanse and girth are decadent even at this distance from New York City. The light that illuminates the space has an ?in the presence of god? feeling to it that I have not felt in any other space. The other unique part of the experience is I always seem to be able to wander through the halls without seeing another spectator. The museum opens itself to you as it was meant for only you to see what it contains. On this particular jaunt I was pleased to be consumed by Dan Flavin, Michael Heizer and An-My-L?. Some (but not all) additional artist on display are Andy Warhol, Sol LeWitt, On Kawara and Donald Judd.

‘Monument’ for V. Tatlin no.30

Dan Flavin

North, East, South, West, 1967?2002
Michael Heizer

Trap Rock (shoot II), 2006


Summer Hours:
Through October 20, 2008:
Thursday?Monday 11am?6pm
(closed Tuesday/Wednesday)

How to get there from New York City:
Take the Metro North, Hudson Line to Beacon Station. Dia:Beacon is a short 5 to 10-minute walk from there. To get to the Museum, exit the platform on the river side of the station. Cross the parking lot to Red Flynn Drive. Turn left onto Red Flynn Drive following the sidewalk across the railroad overpass. Continue up Red Flynn Drive over the railroad tracks, then turn right and continue walking straight. Dia:Beacon is on the right. If you prefer, you can take the shuttle (from the landside of the station) up the hill to the Museum. The fare is $2. Please note: The shuttle operates Saturdays and Sundays only, from mid-April 2008 through October 26, 2008. Check here for a current Hudson Line train schedule information.

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