I can’t believe I forgot about this when I posted earlier…
We also had a great visit to Dia: Beacon on Sunday. The space is simply amazing, and, again, the weather really added to the experience.
Dia: Beacon is a contemporary art museum in the Hudson River valley housed in a huge old Nabisco box manufacturing plant. The place is lit primarily through sawtoothed skylights (the roof of the building looks serrated, with the skylights facing south), and the light inside is gorgeous. The space is interrupted only occasionally with columns or temporary dividers, and even the floors are attractive – they’ve got both the old wood, factory floor and newly poured, polished concrete floor.
As for the art, I’m not a huge contemporary art fan. One of the first spaces in the museum is filled only with nearly white canvases (Agnes, I’m looking at you… and don’t think I’ve forgotten you Ryman!) – I mean, really! There were a few spectacular pieces, though – those by Heizer and Serra really stood out.
So definitely check it out if you’re in the mid-New York state area (the Metro-North Poughkeepsie line stops about a quarter of a mile from the museum, so it’s easy to get there from NYC).