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“Modern Art (VERY modern) wonderfully displayed”
Review of Dia:Beacon

Ranked #1 of 33 things to do in Beacon
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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!
Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Modern Art (VERY modern) wonderfully displayed”
Reviewed April 24, 2013

Well, even though we don't really understand modern art at all, this spacious, light-filled museum was a pleasure to stroll through, giving us new persepctives and a different way of looking at things. Who knew flourescent tube lights could become glowing sculptures?? And you gotta respect that they took an old, decrepit Nabisco box-making factory and gave it new life. Lack of time prevented a visit to the cafe or bookstore, but they looked interesting. Kudos to Beacon for making a home for Dia...try it, you might like it!

Visited April 2013
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Wilds of New Jersey
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“Stick With It”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

Disclaimer first. I am not an admirer of minimalist art. It seemed to me that they put all of their most "emperor has no clothes" exhibits right by the entrance. I am very glad that we did not turn around and decide to do something else with our afternoon (the entrance fee had something to do with that). As you progress through the building, the exhibits get more interesting, especially those in the basement and the loading dock. The building itself, sitting right on the river, was a factory where boxes were printed and is fascinating in its own right. We had a beautiful day to walk through the flowering cherry trees in the courtyard while trains go by.

Visited April 2013
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“just too modern for me”
Reviewed April 16, 2013

It is an amazing space but you REALLY need to love modern art to enjoy a visit here.does have a very nice cafe and bookstore and the location is right on the water.

Visited February 2013
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New york
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“Nabisco updated”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

Great display area in an old Nabisco printing factory. Post-modern art. Not all of it was to my taste.

Visited May 2012
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new mildord ct
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“Strange but Very Good”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

Our group of sports loving men took a day off to visit DIA in Beacon. At first blush we were laughing at some of the exhibits, come on a room full of WHITE, Other rooms were different, strange unusual. Art? Well, one man's trash is another man's treasure. Art too conforms to that rule. Very intriguing exhibits, such as strings defining space. Old cars mangled into a colorful mélange of.....Warhol too. The entire building is an old line Nabisco manufacturing plant. That alone is a wonder, hard oak floors thick brick walls high high ceilings. Early 20th Century modern "art". A great day visiting, meandering, scratching ones head. A nice place to visit on a rainy day. Different thought provoking exhibits too. Is it art? Or is it food for thought?

Visited June 2012
Thank jim h
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