CharlottePosenske: Charlotte Posenske worked with
metal and cardboard for her Work in Progress exhibit.
Once a Nabisco factory, the Dia:Beacon is now the place to go in the Hudson Valley for modern art exhibitions. Derived from the Greek word for “through,” the Dia:Beacon showcases artwork in various mediums that can be interpreted through different perspectives. It is funded by the Dia Art Foundation, which is based in New York City and also operates the Dia:Chelsea in Manhattan, which is currently undergoing upgrades that are set to be completed in 2020.
Artist Richard Irwin conceptualized the museum as one where the natural light would reflect through each of the art pieces. “[Irwin] was on an ambitious mission to support artists with a new perspective,” said tour guide Shirley Da. “Natural lights are central to our operations. Art is affected by the weather.”
Dia started out as a showcase for artists who thrived in the 1960s and 70s, but now features work from artists of more modern eras. Each exhibit remains in the museum for around two to three years. Charlotte Posenenske, who worked steadily before passing away in 1985, is one of the artists prominently featured this season. Her Work in Progress exhibit highlights her work with metals and cardboard, with each piece representing the concept of industrialization.
Several exhibits are rooted in the art form known as “land art.” In the spring, 1960s-based sculptor Lee Uhan’s nature-based collection opened to the public. His Relatum series features a group of rock sculptures and a large landmass reminiscent of sand and grass.
Visitors can also experience going inside a cave with Robert Serra’s cave-like sculpture series Torqued Ellipses that contort your body with its curvature. Serra had a fascination with dance and performing arts, and collaborated with a choreographer to create this series.
AndyWarhol: Andy’s Warhol’s lesser-known
Shadows collection is on display at Dia:Beacon.
Echoes of the 1960s are on full display at the museum. Walter de Maria has a group of vintage Chevrolet replicas called Truck Trilogy (which is on display until Summer 2019) and Robert Morris’s dirt sculpture represents icons of the civil rights movement who were assassinated, such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy. Andy Warhol fans can enjoy his more obscure series, Shadows, which opened in January and showcases his abstract paintings of brushstrokes against a colored backdrop.
After you’ve taken in all the works of art, you can relax in the gardens outside the museum and enjoy some snacks from the Homespun Cafe, a Beacon restaurant that also provides refreshments adjacent to the museum gift shop.
If you’re looking for some other spots to eat, you can try the many eateries on the growing Main Street. Meyer’s Olde Dutch is a bar and grill that opened recently and has already earned rave reviews from The New York Times, which is posted on its website. All of the menu items use local ingredients. Owner Brian Arnoff also runs the nearby Kitchen Sink Food and Drink, which also uses locally sourced items.
The legendary Towne Crier Cafe has an extensive history in the Hudson Valley. It bounced around from Beekmanville and Millbrook before spending nearly a quarter-century in Pawling and settling in Beacon in 2013. This is the spot to be for entertaining live music with eclectic meals.
Nature lovers can hike up Mount Beacon, a 15-acre trail that leaves much to explore and many calories to burn. They can also take in the scenery around Bannerman Island, a land space once owned by Dutch settlers that offers scenic walking tours from Beacon.
Whether it’s art, food or nature, there’s always something to look at in the City of Beacon, a thriving art capital that is just a train ride away from New York City.
To learn more about the Dia Art Foundation, visit DIAART.org online.
RobertMorris: Artist Robert Morris pays tribute to civil rights leaders with his sculptures