Physical Presence: Dia Beacon through the Lens of the Body
Saturday, January 11, 1-2pm
Starting location: Front Entry
This event is part of Community Free Day.
About the Program
Encouraging visitors to navigate the work on view at Dia:Beacon with the body in mind, Dia Guide Jana Blankenship will lead a tour examining how the body’s movement through space informs personal experience.
Each time we encounter the collection and the way we choose to navigate the galleries creates an invisible line drawing, actively making new pathways with our bodies based on our decisions. As such, the focus of this tour will be twofold: we will examine the spectrum of our own movement in the space, as well as explore how specific artworks in the collection conjure the body. We will examine the body as an instrument for encountering works by Joseph Beuys, John Chamberlain, Michael Heizer, Sol Lewitt, Agnes Martin, Fred Sandback, Robert Smithson, and Richard Serra. Together, we will explore artworks at Dia:Beacon which evoke corporeality and, in turn, affect the movement of our own bodies.
About the Guide
Jana Blankenship is a curator and writer based in the Hudson River Valley. She received a BA and BFA from Cornell University and an MA in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts. From 2009 to 2012, she was the curator at the CCA Wattis Institute in San Francisco. She also acted as assistant to the curator of the 12th Istanbul Biennial and director of the People's Gallery in San Francisco. Recent exhibitions she worked on include More American Photographs (CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco, 2011) and Painting Between the Lines (CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco, 2011). Her writings have appeared in numerous publications and her essay "The Farm by the Freeway" is included in West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1967 (University of Minnesota Press, 2012).