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Robert Irwin at Dia Beacon

Dia Beacon, May 18, 2023

Robert Irwin at Dia Beacon

On May 18, 2003, Dia Art Foundation opened Dia Beacon on the banks of the Hudson River in Beacon, New York, in a former Nabisco box printing factory. 20 years later, on the occasion of Dia Beacon’s anniversary, Dia presents a film about Robert Irwin’s transformation of the former factory. 

Conceiving of Dia Beacon as a work of art in and of itself, Irwin made subtle interventions into the building’s lighting and developed a symmetrical floorplan to ensure that the galleries are given equal importance and presented without a single overarching historical or chronological narrative. 

The original building had many key design elements that made it an appealing site for contemporary art, including broad spans between supporting columns and more than 34,000-square-feet of skylights. Today these skylights provide natural light in the galleries and have uniquely established Dia Beacon as a “daylight museum.” Irwin also designed seasonally changing gardens throughout the surrounding landscape. Following the renovation, Dia Beacon was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Support provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies 
Video: SandenWolff 
Interviews: Rachel Wolff and Jonathan Sanden 
Story editing: Rachel Wolff 
Filming: Noah Therrien and Jonathan Sanden 
Editing: Stephen Parnigoni 
Music: roeaudionews, courtesy of Jamendo 

Dia Art Foundation Staff 
Producers: Katherine Ellis and Dan Wolfe 
Copyediting: Anya Szykitka 
Rights and Reproductions: Jenn Kane 
Curator: Alexis Lowry

© 2023 Dia Art Foundation
Works by Robert Irwin © 2023, Robert Irwin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Special thanks to Bob Irwin and the Robert Irwin Studio. 

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