Dia: Beacon Spring Benefit

Events | May 2017 | BY rachel small

On the afternoon of Saturday, May 6, Dia: Beacon held its annual spring benefit at the Dia Art Foundation’s expansive Beacon, New York outpost. The event was also an opportunity for Dia to highlight two recently unveiled long-term installations: one, a series of six sculptures by Anne Truitt from the 1960s and early ’70s; and the other, Sayreville Strata Quartet, a 1976 piece by Michelle Stuart consisting of four paper panels, colored with brown-red soil from a brick quarry.

After a morning reception, guests sat down for lunch at rows of long tables spanning a vast, sunlit gallery space alongside a number of John Chamberlain’s crushed-car works. During her remarks, Dia director Jessica Morgan emphasized that the addition of Truitt and Stuart to the nonprofit’s collection resulted from her ongoing endeavor to remedy the notorious gender disparity in the legacy of Minimalist art.

Among those attending were Stuart and two of Truitt’s children, Mary and Sam. Elsewhere was Lawrence Weiner, whose text-murals have graced Dia: Beacon’s walls for more than a decade, and Mary Heilmann, who has a solo show opening at Dia’s Dan Flavin Art Institute this summer. Other art world notables included artists Marilyn Minter, George Condo, Joan Jonas, and Lorna Simpson, as well as Dia chair Nathalie de Gunzburg, Jeffrey Deitch, Sandra Brant, and Kim Drew. Fashion designers Raf Simons, Monique Péan, and Misha Nonoo were also present.

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