1 Dia Beacon is a wonderful museum situated in Beacon, New York. The building once housed a Nabisco cardboard carton manufacturer. It was cleverly redesigned by a team of architects into a spacious, adventuresome museum.
2 The sign at the entrance to the museum.
3 Over the bookstore is this artwork.
4 In the front lobby is art, a bookstore, check-in, and a charming café that serves coffees, light meals, and desserts.
5 Everywhere one looks there is beautiful architecture or interesting art.
6 The bookstore has a terrific selection of books on the resident artists as well as other contemporary artists.
7 The vast spaces house works by Carl Andre, Sol LeWitt, Andy Warhol, Richard Serra, and many others.
8 Smaller works of art may be housed in cases, or in smaller rooms.
9 The museum has 240,000 square feet of exhibition space.
10 One gallery is devoted to 24 chromatic juxtapositions by the German artist known as Blinky Palermo. Jude loved these small paintings and practiced her color knowledge, reciting each color in each painting in Spanish, English and Mandarin.
11 Because the spaces are so generous in this former packaging factory, and because there is so much daylight, afforded by hundreds of large skylights, the art looks fabulous even on a dark and gloomy day.
12 John Chamberlain, an American sculptor, is best known for his colorful crushed automobile pieces--portions of mechanically smashed cars beautifully welded together.
13 These large pieces are wonderfully displayed in a giant gallery.
14 Truman loves cars, but he did not quite get this art.
15 I love the heavy pieces affixed to the gallery walls.
16 This piece looks like it came straight from the junk yard.
17 Our favorites were the massive Richard Serra corten steel pieces.
18 This installation is called Torqued Ellipses, also by Richard Serra. We all spent a great deal of time here going in and out and around these huge steel sculptures.
19 Jude and Truman discovered the echo like quality inside the ellipses.
20 They also loved the works of Carl Andre, Andy Warhol, and many others.
21 This massive stone block sculpture was especially interesting to the kids who counted the blocks- 100 in all!
22 The signage is very good at the museum. There are laminated explanations of the work to read as well.
23 This massive space at Dia Beacon was designed just for this Michael Heizer sculpture--four giant geometric shapes placed beneath the concrete floor. This is my favorite installation, but now rather inaccessible with the glass "fence" surrounding it.
24 A curator will accompany a viewer to the sculpture if asked. But no children allowed.
25 Jude and Truman were very excited seeing all the art. They visited every gallery.
26 The plywood boxes by Donald Judd were dutifully counted by Jude in three languages.
27 This mirrored kaleidoscope-like box with four triangular mirrors was a big hit.
28 The children loved seeing the myriad images of themselves and others.
29 Nannies Patricia and Carolina came with us to the museum. They, too, loved it.
30 Truman tried to count but soon lost count of himself.
31 It is amazing what four mirrors can do.
32 Truman and Kerry stayed by the kaleidoscope a long time.
33 This young man wore a jacket covered with unusual buttons. He happily posed for photos.
34 He told us his mother painted the icon-like image on his back.
35 Several rooms are devoted to the work of Agnes Martin--Jude liked the paintings, as did I.
36 Several galleries have "string" art installed which gives an eerie interpretation of space.
37 Throughout the museum large factory windows and skylights let in natural light.
38 This steel floor by Richard Serra intrigued the children.
39 After our lunch in the museum café (very good by the way), we went outside to see the frozen Hudson River.
40 Of course it was a great place to snap a few more photos.
41 Because of the extended cold snap, the river is almost frozen over here near the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge.