Monday, April 24, 2006

This week at Dia:Beacon

There's a full schedule of events at Dia this week:

Thursday, April 27 12-1pm - Reading Group
. Dia has announced a lunch time series exploring the writings of some artists from Dia:Beacon's permanent collection. Spanning over the course of five Thursdays, (May 4, May 11, May 25, and June 1 are the other dates.) The details:

What: A reading group aimed at introducing participants to the writings of several featured artists in Dia:Beacon’s permanent collection.

How: Each session will focus on the work of 2 artists. Participants will have access to the galleries before noon, and are expected to have read the (short) texts beforehand. We will discuss the artists individually, seeing how the texts relate to the art work (or not) and how the 2 artists "talk" to each other. Some are easy fits, others are fitful:

· Sol LeWitt and Agnes Martin
· Robert Ryman and Josef Beuys
· Richard Serra and Robert Smithson
· Andy Warhol and Louise Bourgeois
· Donald Judd and Lawrence Weiner

Who: Karen Michel, Visiting Assistant Professor of Media Arts, Marist College and Cultural Correspondent, National Public Radio, will lead the sessions.

When: Five Thursdays: April 27, May 4, May 11 (skip May 18), May 25, and June 1. From 12 to 1 pm

Hungry readers are welcome so you may bring your lunch!

Where: Dia:Beacon Learning Lab

Maximum capacity 20 participants (first come, first served)

This is an education program free with admission to the museum. Reservations are strongly recommended. Please email José Blondet at or call (845) 440-01 00 ext. 13.

All the texts that will be discussed are published in Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art (Edited by Kristine Stiles and Peter Selz), a vast anthology of artists writings. Dia’s bookshop is offering a significant discount on this book to reading club’s participants. Few copies will be available at the Learning Lab.

Saturday, April 29, 1pm - Gallery talk. Art historian, critic and writer will speak on the work of On Kawara as part of this monthly series.

Sunday, April 30, 2pm - St Luke's Chamber Ensemble's Second Helpings.
"Conversation Pieces"

A musical dialogue between the composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), his mentor and friend Philip Glass, and featuring the works of exciting young composers.

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