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Dia:Beacon

3 Beekman Street, Beacon, NY 12508
845.440.0100
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Ranked #1 of 10 attractions in Beacon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Art Galleries
Owner description: Founded in 1974, this modern art gallery is well-known for a highly unusual, permanent display by conceptual artist Walter De Maria. De Maria's work... more » Owner description: Founded in 1974, this modern art gallery is well-known for a highly unusual, permanent display by conceptual artist Walter De Maria. De Maria's work is a massive display of a 2 foot layer of dirt! « less
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Art--particularly large-scale installations--is my passion and my primary reason for traveling. This month I finally made it up to Beacon to see Dia's new-ish location. The building did not disappoint: an old Nabisco box factory, it is immense--a crucial factor is displaying the sprawling works of artists like Carl Andre (the current special exhibit), Richard Serra, Robert Smithson and Walter... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Surpassed my expectations - truly incredible and immersive. There is so much to see, and Dia: Beacon is one of the most well curated art experiences I've ever had [if not the best]. Each artist was displayed so strategically, and the use of the space was impressive. Would definitely be back, and when in Beacon, this should be a must... More

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NJ
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

The Beacon, NY Dia is in an old factory that printed boxes. It lay abandoned for decades and now has a new lease on life. It has modern, abstract art that we found hard to really understand but we are just people with college degrees (bachelors and Ph.D.). I would recommend it for a day that you want to spend... More

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Hillsborough, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

The building's architecture, original wood flooring, windows and natural light was most appealing. We found some of the art pieces to be quite interesting. Many so large, they must have involved an incredible amount of work for the artists. Didn't really "get' many of the pieces, but even so, some were thought provoking. There were some very intriguing displays with... More

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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

All I can say is that I did get a couple of good laughs here in return for my misspent $12. "Art" that consists of a pile of broken glass on the floor in one room, a series of plain old plywood boxes in the next followed by a jumble of old rubber inner tubes randomly thrown in heaps on... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I found the building--its successful repurposing from a packaging factory (!), its natural lighting, and its spaciousness--and the grounds as impressive as the art. Especially enjoyed the Sol LeWitt pieces. Admission prices are high. I'd recommend that discount and/or family pricing be made available regularly.

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Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I'm of two minds about Dia Beacon. On the one hand it's an amazing space in a lovely location. Dia's conversion of a former Nabisco factory to a (huge) gallery space is flawless. On the other hand, the collection focuses on minimalist art and it's relatives, most of which seems like an inside joke for the cognoscenti. The vibe is... More

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Perth, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

On the positive side: the building is stunning. Simply one of the most spectacularly striking spaces to house art I've ever visited. And the town of Beacon is delightful. On the down side: this beautiful, light filled edifice was full of nonsense. Maybe 20% of what was there showed any real talent (Fred Sandback's strings and the Le Witt). A... More

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Hudson River Valley, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Visit on a "Community Free Day" so that you don't regret wasting $12! See PatrickSeanC 's review on 7/13/14; that sums it up well. I guess I just don't appreciate this kind of 'contemporary' art. I like my 2-year old niece's artwork better!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We knew we'd enjoy Dia, but did not expect to be so overwhelmed by the art and the building it's housed in. Don't miss this.

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