This past week, Juniper’s team took a day trip to break the daily routine. Our team ventured 60 miles north of New York City, to Beacon, NY. Beacon is a town full of eateries, hiking, flea markets, and above all, art. With a handful of art galleries located on Beacon’s Main Street alone, the town becomes a hub for modern art in all media. On the outskirts of Main Street sits Dia:Beacon.
Dia was founded in New York City in 1974 by Philippa de Menil, Heiner Friedrich, and Helen Winkler to help artists achieve visionary projects that might not otherwise be realized because of scale or scope. To suggest the institution’s role in enabling such ambitions, they selected the name “Dia,” taken from the Greek word meaning “through.”
Today, Dia is a constellation of sites, from the iconic permanent, site-specific artworks and installations in New York, the American West and Germany; to an exhibition program that has commissioned dozens of breakthrough projects; to the vast galleries of Dia:Beacon; and finally the programs of education and public engagement.