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VegOut Gets Ultra Modern at Dia: Beacon!

Dia: Beacon is simply one of the most exciting modern art museums in the world.  We are lucky to have this amazing trove of modernism in the greater NYC area.  The museum is housed within a former Nabisco box printing factory alongside the Hudson River in Beacon, New York.  It is often referred to as a "daylight" museum due to the number of skylights that make up the roof.  Robert Irwin worked in concert with the Dia Foundation to design this great space and the surrounding gardens.  Each artist within the museum has an entire gallery devoted to their art.  As a matter of fact, each gallery was designed specifically to showcase that artist's work.  There is no more exciting place to see Louise Bourgeois, Richard Serra and the greatest artists of the past century all under one roof.  We'll see and observe these wonderful works without the crowds of MoMA.

A highlight of our afternoon will be a gallery talk specifically on one of my favorite artists in the collection - Fred Sandback.  All of Sandback's pieces in his dedicated gallery taken in their entirety probably cost less than $3.00 to produce.  You have to see these works of art to believe them.  They're barely there - just space defined.  They defy you to walk through them.  You won't.

Our Plan:

11:20am - We meet at the circular information booth in the main hall of Grand Central Terminal.  That's the circular booth with the clock on top of it.  Make sure you purchase your tickets prior to meeting.  You may purchase your tickets at a MetroNorth ticket window or at a MetroNorth ticket vending machine.  You're buying the One Day Getaway Package to Dia: Beacon.  That includes round trip rail and admission to the museum.  Adults: $35.25.  Seniors, persons with disabilities and persons receiving Medicare: $28.00.  Children 5-11 $1.50 and children under 5, free.

We depart on the 11:43am train which arrives in Beacon at 1:05pm.

Bring your own lunch.  We'll eat on the train thus saving us time and $ once we arrive in Beacon.  There are food vendors on the lower level of Grand Central.  There are some decent vegan options throughout.

1:10pm After a 5 minute walk from the station to the museum we begin our journey at Dia: Beacon.

5:12pm train departs Beacon and arrives 6:43pm back at Grand Central Terminal.

Everything Dia: Beacon can be found here:

Two good local introductions to the Dia collection at large are located right in Manhattan and will give you an idea as to what you can expect on our visit.

One of my favorite art installations goes unrecognized by the many people traipsing over it every day.  It is in the heart of Times Square.  When you're standing directly over this piece, you feel as if you're hearing the world's largest Tibetan singing bowl.

Need a breath of fresh air?  Hate the ever increasing consuming crowds of SoHo (So Hum)?  Then check out the New York Earthroom.  It's 280,000 pounds of the cleanest, freshest loveliest dirt you will ever encounter (at least in NYC).  Arrive and inhale deeply.

Accessibility:  Our entire trip is wheelchair accessible.

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  • Andrew

    If anyone is closer to the Newark Airport area than Grand Central, get in touch - my travel companion will be driving up from that area to Beacon.

    March 7, 2014

  • Brian T.

    My RSVP is a MAYBE depending on travel logistics. I have a performance at the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie that evening at 8pm. (Ya'll are invited!) I'd just need to get from Beacon to Poughkeepsie (30 mins) somehow. Is anyone driving?

    February 19, 2014

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