Visit the Dia:Beacon
As I was walking through the Dia: Beacon, I could not stop thinking about how comedian George Carlin would have interpreted the collections and temporary exhibitions. Not that you’ll find many of the installations humorous, but more interesting in nature.
George often talked about “places for your stuff”; this is a wonderful place for stuff.
Sitting on the east bank of the Hudson River the Dia was built in Beacon, NY as a box-printing plant in 1929 and is 240,000 square feet of the most beautiful soft-lit gallery space you could hope to put your stuff.
I love the simplicity of “stuff” and I appreciate that “stuff” can be art.
Some of the best stuff is Richard Serra’s titanic size steel structures “Torqued Ellipses” and Andy Warhol’s “Shadows” that takes up a room with around 350 linear feet of wall space. They provide four grey couches in the center so you can sit and reflect on that much stuff.
There is string that runs for hundreds of yards from ceiling to floor; mounds of dirt and broken glass, and other mounds of both; large holes in the floor where couches were also provided to comfort your hours of contemplation.
There is even stuff that looks like it’s waiting to be hung, but is really just stuff waiting to be viewed?
I’m thinking that the trick to understanding art is respecting the right to make stuff.
You may not really like their stuff but it’s really their stuff.
Have you noticed that their stuff is shit and your shit is stuff? God! And you say, “Get that shit offa there and let me put my stuff down!”
The best part of the gallery, is that it makes me think about my stuff.