An Art Museum in Your Back Yard
I love going to museums. Specifically, I like the stuff that makes me scratch my head and try to figure out what the heck is going on. So my first trip to Dia: Beacon was awesome.
I couldn't believe I had never been there before, but I'm glad I made the trip. There's a weird phenomenon about art museums: I've visited them in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and now Beacon, and every single time there is an overwhelming amount of people speaking languages I can't identify. Of course, there's nothing wrong with this, it just means I'm looking at art next to some European guy with an ironic moustache.
Actually, I don't think it's ironic, just European. A lot of things that would be a punchline in America are real and earnest in Europe. Mullets, grown men wearing Mickey Mouse t-shirts, decent universal healthcare. Stuff like that.
Anyway, what's cool/crazy about Dia: is that it's not just a place that houses art, the building is a work of art itself. Converted from the old Nabisco box factory, it's got a stunning design; it feels like you're actually within a work of art. That's cool until you need to tie your shoe and have no idea where you can kneel down or lean against something lest you destroy a priceless piece of art.
Anyway, here's some photos from the official Dia: Instagram, and a video about the place at the bottom.