Dia Beacon, day two of extending summer

Ends up that few people in Hudson NY get up to do breakfast before 10 or 11.  We really wanted to go to Bonfiglio & Bread but they were closed for the day.  So we left Hudson and drove to Tivoli for breakfast before exploring the Bard College grounds and the Hessel Museum.

bfastWe had breakfast at Murray’s.

churchbfastMurray’s is located inside an old church.

We then made our way over to Bard and the museum.  No photos in the museum.  Will never get that but whatever.  It was hovering around 94 so our idea of walking Storm King was out so we heading over to Dia Beacon.  I have always wanted to go.

demariaThe building is incredible.  It reminded me of the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin.  Large factory feeling with big huge rooms to really show grand pieces.  The first two rooms that are separated are long corridors with an installation from De Maria.  This gives you an idea of the size.

serraThere are Richard Serra’s throughout.  Just love his work.

gerhardrichMy favorite artist is Gerhard Richter.  If I could own one of his pieces I would.

flavinFlavin was throughout but the installation in the basement was the best of his work.

sollewitAnother fave is Sol Lewitt.

johnchamberlainJohn Chamberlain

michaelheizerThese deep metal holes by Michael Heizer was incredible.

louiseborgeousSculptures by Louise Bourgeois.

So glad we made the journey.  We were bummed not to see our friends but when life gives you lemons, always make lemonade.

Comments (Archived):

  1. pointsnfigures

    Museums used to say no flash photography. Apparently, the flash degrades the painting. If that’s true, I support it. However, in a cell phone age, it might be different.Different note-Chicago Bears limit tailgating-and make it tougher to get into Soldier Field. Result, fans get in the park really early-and spend more money which goes into Bears/NFL pocket. I wonder if museums are using the same economic incentives-“buy our postcard/book” to put money in their pockets using the “photos are damaging to the art” argument.

    1. Susan Rubinsky

      I think they don’t allow cameras because they don’t want you to use it to take a photo of something they own and then make money off it.

      1. pointsnfigures

        me too-but they always said it was because of flash

      2. Gotham Gal


  2. kirklove

    Dia! Swoooon. And def get to Storm King. Superb. They have an Andy Goldsworthy that is super. Entire place is just legit.

  3. Susan Rubinsky

    Storm King is incredible! Hope you get back there to see it!

  4. Lisa Mogull

    Always loved the DIA. Used to be a bit scary to take my toddler son near Robert Smithson’s “Map of Broken Glass” and the Heizer pits. Everyone is right, Storm King is worth a whole day, especially now that they rent bikes. We love to go there and look at the sculptures at different times and seasons because they change so much with the light (and snow during the winter walks).

    1. Gotham Gal

      i’m definitely going to make my way up to storm king!

  5. Gina Farish

    Thanks for the walk thru of Hudson and DIA – love this place, and it was wonderful to take the virtual trip. If you haven’t been up to MASS MoCa (about 1 1/2 hours further in North Adams), it is a spectacular space that is worth the journey, especially if you like Sol LeWitt.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Love Sol Lewitt