Explore a multitude of installations spread across several floors and exhibits on a great day trip from the city.

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Dia:Beacon is a 2 hour Metro North train ride from Grand Central Station and a perfect excursion if you’re fiending for a culture fix. From their website, “Occupying a former Nabisco box printing factory on the banks of the Hudson River, Dia:Beacon presents Dia’s collection of art from the 1960s to the present as well as special exhibitions, new commissions, and public and education programs.”

All of the Lights, All of the Lights

Dan Flavin, untitled, 1970.

By far the largest, and most impressive in my opinion, exhibit is by the American minimal artist Dan Flavin. According to Wikipedia, he was known “for creating sculptural objects and installations from commercially available fluorescent light fixtures.” I suppose it’s no surprise that two of my favorite things, minimalism and neon lights, would comprise my favorite collection at the museum.

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Rave or misbehave?

What I like about the collection is the exploration and variance in shapes and sizes. Some pieces comprise a single unit glowing with prismatic colors, still others form abstract shapes that vaguely resemble small spacecrafts or architectural structures. Danny’s favorite piece by Flavin would have to be a piece composed of stacked circular lights. He can be seen pondering the meaning of life (or what to eat for lunch) in the image below.

Give Me the Green Light

Dan Flavin, untitled (to you, Heiner, with admiration and affection), 1973.

After touring the other collections and the surrounding manicured grounds, we walked into the town of Beacon for some hearty lunch at Stock Up. Quaint designer stores and gift shops line Main Street as locals strolled around lazily on a Sunday afternoon. We picked up a few things for the apartment and couldn’t resist sampling the flavors at Beacon Creamery before heading back to the train station.