On location: Dia Beacon | Hudson Valley

Occupying a former Nabisco box printing factory on the banks of the Hudson River, Dia:Beacon presents Dia Foundation’s collection of art from the 1960s to the present as well as special exhibitions, new commissions, and public and education programs. Since its opening in May 2003, Dia:Beacon has helped transform the city of Beacon into a vibrant arts destination for visitors from the region, New York City, and beyond.

Dia:Beacon Gallery

Dia:Beacon Gallery

The art ranges from the monumentalRichard Serra's steel sculpture to Michael Heizer North, East, South, West installation or Sol Lewitt drawings.

Dia:Beacon is to the East of the Hudson what Storm King Art Center is to the West, an homage to the great work of modern artists.

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Dia:Beacon has a special spot in our heart.

Did you know that as to suggest the Foundation role in enabling artists to achieve visionary projects that might not otherwise be realized because of scale of scope, the name "Dia" comes from the Greek word meaning "through". What is your own visionary Dia project?

Did you realize that this now acclaimed museum, was once a Nabisco factory? The place mixes its historic roots of being once a place of repetitive manual labor and sweat to the inspiring and ethereal shrine to art. While walking around the place, we always wonder if our mind is paying much attention to the art, or otherwise drifting toward the windows, or following the wood beams, noticing the glass ceiling, feeling what this place has gone through.

Do you feel that Dia:Beacon is a piece of the city outside of the city? It's the upper upper North section of Museum mile, and at the same time the gate to the renaissance village of Beacon. We can't separate Dia from Beacon. From Long Dock Park, once an industrial field and now a sustainable oasis, anchored by the award winning Boat Pavilion and George Trakas out-of-the-museum-walls art piece to Madam Brett Park and up to the Rondhouse hotel & bar, Beacon pays hommage to its industrial past, embrace arts and connect with nature.

We are getting ahead of ourselves, as Beacon, NY deserves more than a by line; discover its industrial past, artistic present and forever access to nature. 

Photo credit: atelier mile away