Community Free Day

Saturday, October 8, 2016, 11 am–6 pm, Dia Beacon

Dia:Beacon’s quarterly Community Free Days offer engaging programs suitable for a broad audience, including thematic tours of the collection and special exhibitions, gallery talks, interactive workshops for children and families, and performances. Admission is free for residents of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester counties. 

Event Details
Saturday, October 8, 2016
11 am–6 pm 

3 Beekman Street
Beacon, New York 12508 

Please bring a driver’s license or other government-issued ID for entry to the museum.


11:30 am
Investigating Site I: A Guided Walk 
Join Scenic Hudson educator Kate Brill and artist Daniel Oates-Kuhn on an exploratory journey that includes Dia:Beacon and Long Dock Park as sites to be examined through their histories, found objects, and physical environments. Family-friendly outdoor program; all ages welcome. (1 hour)

12:30 pm
Investigating Site II: Hudson River Beach Comb
Collect, touch, and identify natural and man-made artifacts in a beach comb along the shores of the Hudson River with Scenic Hudson educator Kate Brill and artist Daniel Oates-Kuhn. Family-friendly outdoor program; all ages welcome.  (1 hour)

1 pm
From Absence to Presence
Dia guide Jaanika Peerna leads an experiential tour examining the different ways that artists Michael Heizer, Robert Irwin, Gerhard Richter, and Fred Sandback use emptiness and absence as materials that invite the viewer into the present moment. (1 hour)

1 pm
Roll Out: Blend with John Chamberlain
Stop by the John Chamberlain gallery for a playful experience with Thordis’ Barge (1980–81) with Dia educators Kirsten Mosher and Effie Phillips-Staley. (45 minutes)

2 pm
Roll Out: Build with John Chamberlain
Build, touch, play, bend, and stretch with materials, textures, and colors to create an extra-large soft sculpture in the Learning Lab. This drop-in program is perfect families and children of all ages. (2 hours)

2:30 pm
Guggenheim senior curator and scholar Jeffrey Weiss leads a focused talk on Robert Morris. (1 hour)            

4 pm
Beer Tasting
Enjoy beers from Beacon-based microbrewery 2 Way Brewing Company. (1 hour)

Community Free Day is part of the Sackler Institute at Dia Art Foundation.



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