May 20, 2009

The Spring 2009 Dia Beacon Benefit

Last Sunday I attended a benefit for Dia:Beacon up on the banks of the majestic Hudson River in Beacon, NY. Dia:Beacon is a fantastic museum housed in the former National Biscuit Carton Making and Printing Plant. Dia obtained the building in 1999 with the intention of using this massive space to house its renowned but seldom seen permanent collection of art from the 1960s to present day. With 240,000 square feet of exhibition space illuminated by natural light, this building is a phenomenal place to visit and view works by Andy Warhol, Robert Irwin, Gerhard Richter, and Louise Bourgeois, just to name a few. The benefit was so much fun and it was a wonderful treat to have the Merce Cunningham Dance Company perform for us at the culmination of their two-year residency at Dia:Beacon. I urge anyone visiting this area to stop and spend some time at this museum. My good friend and genius photographer Todd Eberle was at this event and you can view his coverage at Vanity Fair . Also, my dogs Francesca and Sharkey covered the event on their blog, The Daily Wag.

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Matthew Barney - artist, me, and Philippe Vergne - Dia director PHOTO BY TODD EBERLE