Dia Beacon: Contemporary Art in New York’s Hudson Valley with Dr. Jennie Hirsh

Dia Beacon: Contemporary Art in New York’s Hudson Valley with Dr. Jennie Hirsh


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Join Dr. Jennie Hirsh to explore Dia Beacon, a premier museum collection of postwar painting, photography, sculpture, video, and installation located adjacent to the Hudson River in a former Nabisco factory. Together, we will visit canonical works by celebrated artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Donald Judd, Bruce Nauman, Gerhard Richter, Dorothea Rockburne, Fred Sandback, Richard Serra, Robert Smithson, Anne Truitt, Andy Warhol, and Lawrence Weiner.

This conversation introduces learners to highlights of postwar art on display at Dia Beacon in upstate New York, following the layout of the galleries. Located in the heart of the culturally rich Hudson Valley, Dia holds some of the most stunning examples of works by postwar artists from across the globe. Highlights include Richard Serra's Torqued Ellipses, Fred Sandback's immersive but delicate yarn installations, Louise Bourgeois' dramatic oversized sculptures, and Bernd and Hilla Becher's typological photographic studies as well as Donald Judd's and Michael Heizer's sculptures, Dan Flavin's light sculptures, Bruce Nauman's video and other conceptual works and installations, On Kawara's date paintings, and more. The webinar will also touch on the creative reuse of industrial and other non-museum spaces for art display that became popular in the 1990s--of which Dia is a prime example.

Led by an expert on modern and contemporary art and architecture, Dr. Jennie Hirsh, this interactive seminar will not only survey the history of this collection but also provide an introduction to postwar art in various media that is displayed in a unique setting. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with not only a solid background in some of the most important examples of art from the 1960s to the present but also an increased enthusiasm for visiting the Hudson Valley to see Dia's works in person, perhaps as a part of a trip including nearby Storm King or even Mass MoCA.

Jennie Hirsh (Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College) is a Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton and Columbia Universities, as well as pre-doctoral fellowships from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, the U.S. Fulbright Commission, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Wolfsonian FIU. Hirsh has authored essays on artists including Giorgio de Chirico, Giorgio Morandi, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Yinka Shonibare, and Regina Silveira, and is co-editor, with Isabelle Wallace, of Contemporary Art and Classical Myth (Ashgate 2011).

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Beth Cogan (North Kingstown, US)
Excellent seminar

Dr Hirsh is an exceptional lecturer, this was the 4th Context seminar of hers that I have enrolled in and each one was fantastic. This lecture covered a number of significant works and artists exhibited at the museum as well as information about Dia in general. She also provided suggestions for various art institutions nearby that would make for a fabulous art filled weekend. I visited Dia:Beacon during September 2019 and had planned to return last year. She has now provided me with lots of information to make for a better experience at the museum when I do make my way back.

Dr Hirsh is always incredibly well prepared, presents in an accessible manner, and is easy to communicate with both during and after her lectures. She is very responsive to inquiries and will even supplement her lectures with additional reading material and/or suggestions. Highly recommend

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Jennifer (Doylestown, US)
Full of information and insight

This was a great seminar if you are planning a trip to upstate New York/Hudson River area. It was especially helpful also in learning how to view very large, conceptual art. This type of sculpture is most often hard to understand and I feel more prepared for my future visit to Dia:Beacon.

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Sarah okoon (Louisville, US)
Just like being there

Unexpectedly fabulous.

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Laura (Granville, US)
Dis Beacon

Interesting discussion of a very different museum showing art that not exposed to me before

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
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Beth Cogan (North Kingstown, US)
Excellent seminar

Dr Hirsh is an exceptional lecturer, this was the 4th Context seminar of hers that I have enrolled in and each one was fantastic. This lecture covered a number of significant works and artists exhibited at the museum as well as information about Dia in general. She also provided suggestions for various art institutions nearby that would make for a fabulous art filled weekend. I visited Dia:Beacon during September 2019 and had planned to return last year. She has now provided me with lots of information to make for a better experience at the museum when I do make my way back.

Dr Hirsh is always incredibly well prepared, presents in an accessible manner, and is easy to communicate with both during and after her lectures. She is very responsive to inquiries and will even supplement her lectures with additional reading material and/or suggestions. Highly recommend

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Jennifer (Doylestown, US)
Full of information and insight

This was a great seminar if you are planning a trip to upstate New York/Hudson River area. It was especially helpful also in learning how to view very large, conceptual art. This type of sculpture is most often hard to understand and I feel more prepared for my future visit to Dia:Beacon.

S
Sarah okoon (Louisville, US)
Just like being there

Unexpectedly fabulous.

L
Laura (Granville, US)
Dis Beacon

Interesting discussion of a very different museum showing art that not exposed to me before