Dia Center for the Arts

Dia Center for the Arts

▪ American arts organization
formerly (1974–85)  Dia Art Foundation  

      multidisciplinary contemporary arts organization based in New York (New York City), N.Y., U.S. The nonprofit foundation fosters art projects and houses art installations at various locations in the United States. Its name is derived from the Greek word meaning “through” and indicates the organization's goal to serve as a vehicle that enables the production and display of large-scale works.

      The German art dealer Heiner Friedrich and his wife, Philippa de Menil (daughter of the noted philanthropist Dominique de Menil), founded the Dia Art Foundation in 1974. The foundation initially focused on commissioning works by a select group of contemporary artists—notably, minimalists and conceptual artists. Supporting projects that did not fit into the traditional museum model, the Dia commissioned large-scale, often site-specific works such as Walter De Maria's The Lightning Field (1977), a series of lightning rods arranged in a grid formation in the southwestern New Mexico desert. Plagued by financial problems in the early 1980s, the foundation was reorganized and renamed in 1985.

      Since 2003 Dia has kept its public collection in Beacon, N.Y., in the Hudson Valley. The museum, known as Dia:Beacon, houses the centre's major collection, which focuses on works from the 1960s to the present. The space is on the banks of the Hudson River, and the galleries are named after Louise and Leonard Riggio, major benefactors to the centre. The expansive building was originally constructed in 1929 as a factory for Nabisco. The structure, a model of early 20th-century industrial architecture, is an ideal space to showcase contemporary art because of the numerous skylights and the use of steel, glass, and concrete in the building design. The building features 250,000 square feet (23,200 square metres) of exhibition space, and many of the galleries were created in collaboration with the artists whose works are housed in them. Major artists on display include Andy Warhol (Warhol, Andy), Richard Serra (Serra, Richard), Donald Judd (Judd, Donald), and Dan Flavin (Flavin, Dan).

      In 2007 Dia began a short-term collaboration with New York City's Hispanic Society of America to showcase contemporary art while the foundation prepares a permanent home in New York City.

* * *

Universalium. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Нужно решить контрольную?

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Dia Art Foundation — Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries in Beacon, New York, on the Hudson River. Dia Art Foundation Founder(s) Philippa de Menil and Heiner Friedrich Founded …   Wikipedia

  • Dia:Beacon — Außenansicht des Dia:Beacon Museums Dia:Beacon, (auch als Riggio Galleries, National Biscuit Company Carton Making and Printing Plant, The Biscuit, Nabisco Carton Making and Printing Plant oder Dia Center for the Arts bekannt), ist ein… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Arts and culture of Los Angeles — The arts and culture of Los Angeles are varied. Motion picturesThe greater Los Angeles area is the most important site in the United States for movie and television production. This has drawn not only actors, but also writers, composers, artists …   Wikipedia

  • The Holocaust — Holocaust and Shoah redirect here. For other uses, see Holocaust (disambiguation) and Shoah (disambiguation). Selection on …   Wikipedia

  • The Who — «Who» redirige aquí. Para la organización cuyas siglas en inglés son WHO, véase Organización Mundial de la Salud. The Who La formación original del grupo en 1975, con Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Keith Moon y Pete Townshend …   Wikipedia Español

  • The New Yorker — For other uses, see New Yorker (disambiguation). The New Yorker First issue s cover with dandy Eustace Tilley, created by Rea Irvin. The image, or a variation of it, appears on the cover of The New Yorker with every anniversary issue. Editor… …   Wikipedia

  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin — is a legend about the abduction of many children from the town of Hamelin ( Hameln ), Germany. Famous versions of the legend are given by the Brothers Grimm and, in English, by Robert Browning.PlotIn 1284, while the town of Hamelin was suffering… …   Wikipedia

  • The Barstow School — Understanding through Knowledge Address 11511 State Line Road Kansas City, Missouri …   Wikipedia

  • The Song of Hiawatha — is an 1855 epic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow based on the legends of the Ojibway Indians. Longfellow credited as his source the work of pioneering ethnographer Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, specifically Schoolcraft s Algic Researches and History …   Wikipedia

  • The Amazing Race 10 — Season run September 17, 2006 – December 10, 2006 Filming dates May 27, 2006 – June 24, 2006 No. of episodes 13 Winning team Tyler Denk James Branaman Continents visited …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”