Birthday Trip to Dia:Beacon

Oh blog, poor blog, I have neglected you so! But here I am, with a couple new posts in the hopper and a trip to Martha’s Vineyard this weekend, so hold onto your butts. First up, my birthday recap!

Since my birthday in July fell on a Monday, and we had Tuesday off because of Independence Day, I decided to take the day off and do something fun for my 30th!

I’d been meaning to get to Dia:Beacon for at least a year now. I’ve seen tons of images from it on social media, and the art there sounded right up my alley (particularly the Dan Flavin pieces — I have a thing for light art), and it’s only an hour’s drive north from me. Since my dad’s retired and my mom took the day off as well, we decided to make a family trip of it.

Not sure what’s more impressive, the art or the space itself. (Also, I’m obsessed with these pebbled glass windows and how they distort what’s outside them. Kinda need some in my future home.) The building used to be a box factory for Nabisco — so it’s filled with natural light via the skylights so workers could ensure color accuracy on the packaging.

I’ve always been a fan of Dan Flavin, and Dia:Beacon has quite a few of his pieces. Dia has a whole museum dedicated to him on Long Island, that I absolutely need to get to sometime.

A really impressive section of Dia:Beacon is the lower level, with its slender columns another Dan Flavin installation illuminating the whole space in an eerie green light.

Overall, I’d say Dia:Beacon is definitely worth a trip if you’re in the area! It’s quite accessible from NYC as well, with a train station right in the town of Beacon, just a short walk from the museum. I’m really happy I made the trip for my birthday. Almost as happy as I was to cap off the day with Arturo’s pizza and ice cream for dessert back in NJ later that evening. And we played with sparklers, because they’re finally legal in New Jersey!

Couldn’t have asked for a better birthday 🙂