Dia:Beacon Community Free Day on May 18

Full day of events to celebrate 10-year anniversary

Ten years after Dia:Beacon opened its doors, Dia Art Foundation will inaugurate an anniversary celebration encompassing a yearlong schedule of exhibitions, programs and events, beginning with Community Free Day on May 18. Throughout the day, visitors will be offered free admission to Dia:Beacon’s 22 galleries dedicated to landmark works that artists including Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Richard Serra and Andy Warhol produced with Dia’s support. A new collection room dedicated to the works of Alighiero e Boetti will open that day. Other free events will include a public reading of On Kawara’s One Million Years and a multimedia program for children and families.

Bring a driver’s license or other government-issued ID for entry to the museum, located at 3 Beekman St. in Beacon. Community Free Days are made possible by AT&T and by the Dyson Foundation.

All day (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

On Kawara, One Million Years performance

This presentation will be the first live reading of One Million Years at Dia:Beacon. Conceived in 1969, the work was first presented as a performance piece in 1993 at Dia Center for the Arts, with participants reading aloud dates going into the past and the future. (6 hours)

10:45 a.m.

Mark-Making With Sound II

Artists Melissa McGill and Hisham Bharoocha with guest musician Robert A.A. Lowe will lead children and families on this second iteration of the Mark-Making With Sound program, in two parts, and will introduce them to the sound-art work by Max Neuhaus, Time Piece Beacon, as well as its accompanying drawing. Limited space for both parts; reservations recommended. For reservations, visit diaart.org/freeday. (approximately 2 hours)

12 p.m.

Thematic Tour

Dia Guide Charlotte Schulz will lead visitors on a thematic tour of the galleries. (1 hour)

12:30 p.m.

Inquiry-based conversation

Dia Guide Mark Rosen will lead visitors on a tour and conversation. Limited space; reservations recommended. For reservations, visit diaart.org/freeday. (1 hour)

2 p.m.

Alighiero e Boetti: Perspectives From the Curator

Join Dia curator Yasmil Raymond on a walkthrough of the Alighiero e Boetti exhibition. (1 hour)

3 p.m.

Thematic Tour

Dia Guide Kristian Nammack will lead visitors on a thematic tour of the galleries. (1 hour)

4 p.m.

Community Reception

Sponsored by the Newburgh Brewing Company. (2 hours)

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