Location: Beacon, NY
2013 Exhibitions: Imi Knoebel, 24 Colors—for Blinky, 1977 (TBA), Ian Wilson: The Pure Awareness of the Absolute / Discussions (March 16 - April 20)
Dia:Beacon is a museum situated about 60 miles (or 80 minutes) outside of Manhattan, but that 60 miles transports you to a different world—one where you can not only hear your car radio, but your thoughts too. The museum opened in 2003 and aims to present a different type of museum experience. First, its galleries are lit only by natural light. On site are a number of works from Robert Irwin (who designed the landscaping surrounding the museum as well as the windows of the Riggio Galleries), Michael Herizer, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, and Dan Flavin, among many others. Because of the museum's location and the nature of the space, Dia: Beacon is not open year-round, so make sure to check before you make the pilgrimage.
The Dia Art Foundation also maintains a number of site-specific projects not only in Beacon, but in New York City, Long Island, and the western United States.