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Dia: Beacon

“What interests me is the opportunity for all of us to become something different from what we are, by constructing spaces that contribute something to the experience of who we are.” – Richard Serra

-photo by rob zand

We went to Dia Becaon this weekend to celebrate Rob’s birthday. The museum is located in a former printing plant built in 1929 by Nabisco. With 240,000 square feet of exhibition space, the museum is particularly suited to the needs of large-scale installations, paintings, and sculptures. I was most impressed with the Richard Serra installation. As I spiraled in to the core of one of his steel spheres I felt claustrophobic and anxious and I loved every step. It is literally, quite breathtaking.

more of rob’s posterous pictures.

Roxy Paine on the Roof: Maelstrom


Roxy Paine on the Roof: Maelstrom
April 28, 2009–November 29, 2009
American artist Roxy Paine (b. 1966) has created a 130-foot-long by 45-foot-wide stainless-steel sculpture, especially for the MET’s Roof Garden. Giving viewers the sense of being immersed in the midst of a cataclysmic force of nature, Maelstrom (2009) is Paine’s largest and most ambitious work to date. Set against Central Park and its architectural backdrop, the installation explores the interplay between the natural world and the built environment amid nature’s inherently chaotic processes.

Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion in Central Park

During my lunch break I walked through Central Park to take a look at the Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion. Unfortunately it was sold out for the day and the stand-by ticket line was too long (about one hour wait)- so I had to settle for an exterior viewing. Damn, I really should lobby for a 3 hour lunch.

Here are some quick impressions:
i was underwhelmed by Zaha Hadid’s “pod” and was more drawn to the mirrored cube (a ticket booth?) adjacent to the “pod”. The mirrored structure had a nice interaction with the environment and highlighted the change in season. It created great foliage scenes where is was hard to distinguish the “actual” from the “reflected”. This was way more poetic and surprising for me.

Also, I couldn’t help but compare the overall experience to the last art exhibit/event I attended in central park, the Gates project. The Gates created a public, all inclusive, friendly experience. Volunteers stationed throughout the park answered questions, shoved snow, and gave out memorabilia- the coveted orange swatch. Warm fuzzy feeling all around. Although I haven’t actually been “in” the Chanel Mobile Art gallery, while I walked around the gated pavilion listening to the other worldly music, it gave the impression of a precious marketing event for the selected few. I came away wondering if this is the best use for the park.

Despite my bad mouthing, I am still interested to see the interior. We’ve organized a group outing (meaning me, ralph and whomever we can dupe into going) on Tuesday, 10.28.08 8:15 AM. So if you happen to be finishing up a night in the rambles- stop by the pavilion. We’ll be the ones in the stand-by line.

Oct. 20 to Nov. 9
Rumsey Playfield in Central Park
Chanel Mobile Art website

check out more pics: flickr set