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Dia has announced its 2023 exhibition schedule for its three principal exhibition spaces: Dia Beacon, Dia Bridgehampton, and Dia Chelsea.
The program includes two shows at Dia Chelsea that will premiere this year: a comprehensive overview of Chryssa’s work and a new commission by Delcy Morelos. Dia Beacon will host three shows featuring recent acquisitions from Senga Nengudi, Stanley Brouwn, and Rita McBride, as well as presentations of work by Mary Heilmann and Maren Hassinger and the reinstallation of Andy Warhol’s renowned multipart Shadows (1978–79). Meanwhile, Tony Cokes’ new work will be on exhibit at Dia Bridgehampton.
Opening February 17, long-term view
Senga Nengudi has created a stunning collection of work that blurs the lines between sculpture and performance, fine art and ritual, individual authorship and collective energy over the course of her five-decade career. A performance program and publication will accompany Dia’s long-term exhibition of Nengudi’s work, showcasing the breadth of her practice. Dia Beacon will feature sculptures and room-sized installations from 1969 through 2020, as well as recent acquisitions from Dia’s permanent collection.
Chryssa & New York
March 2–July 23
Chryssa & New York, co-organized by Dia Art Foundation and the Menil Collection, is the first extensive survey of works by Greek-born artist Chryssa (1933-2013) to be held in North America since 1982. The show will open in March 2023 at Dia Chelsea in New York, then travel to the Menil Collection in Houston in September 2023 and Wrightwood 659 in Chicago in May 2024. This show focuses on works from the mid 1950s through the early 1970s, bringing together Chryssa’s very formal concerns with her critical interest in researching the United States after WWII.
June 23, 2023–May 2024
Tony Cokes has appropriated and altered text, music, and documentary photographs into movies and installations that probe the intersections of politics, popular culture, race, and identity since the late 1980s. Cokes presents a new piece at Dia Bridgehampton in connection with the material histories of the site, a former firehouse turned First Baptist Church.
Opening July, long-term view
This exhibition, on view in Dia Beacon’s central corridors and centered on the recent acquisition of Rita McBride’s Arena (1997)—a modular sculpture activated by the presence of audiences and performers alike—explores the artist’s longstanding interest in architecture, design, and sculpture as they relate to the public sphere in forms such as seating structures, guidance systems, and commercial awnings. Arena is intended to be viewed, sat on, and participated in by visitors in an open, continuing process punctuated by choreographed performances.
Opening fall, long-term view
Maren Hassinger’s career spans five decades and includes textile arts, installation, performance, and sculpture. Since discovering wire rope in a junkyard in the 1970s, Hassinger has sourced and manipulated the material to both physically and mentally draw out its organic properties. Field (1983), for example, is a sprawling grid of individual bundles of industrial steel cable, each fastened together by a cement base. This context-specific display at Dia Beacon represents the first time Field has been exhibited in over thirty years, and was installed in close collaboration with the artist.
Opening fall, long-term view
The exhibition at Dia Beacon will be the first devoted presentation of Mary Heilmann’s Starry Night series (1967-71) since its debut at Paley and Lowe Gallery in New York in 1971. Heilmann created a number of unstretched canvases painted black and titled after celestial constellations for this series, even assembling a collection of them into a big, children’s book-like piece called The Book of Night (1970). Celestial clay or bamboo pieces coated with flock, a sort of textured fabric, lean, protrude, or hang high from the wall, bringing the artist’s built galaxy into the viewer’s space.
October 6, 2023–July 2024
Delcy Morelos is working on a new commission for Dia Chelsea that will explore soil, territory, and geography. The artist will cover the surfaces of one gallery with mud and stacked soil-encrusted objects for her installations, while building a mountainous earthen structure in the other. Morelos’ practice examines the interdependence between natural and built ecosystems via the lens of Indigenous land interactions. Material buildup and monochromatic expanse blur differences between volume and surface, interiority and exteriority in these pieces.
Opening October, long-term view
Andy Warhol’s Shadows (1978-79) comes to Dia Beacon in September 2023 for a long-term exhibition. Shadows, a single painting in numerous pieces, is one of Warhol’s most abstract works, yet it cohesively synthesizes major components of his practice, such as film, painting, photography, and screenprinting. Shadows was first commissioned by Dia and acquired in 1979 for a solo exhibition at 393 West Broadway in New York. The final number of canvases on view in each installation is dictated by the proportions of an existing exhibition space.
Dia, which derives its name from the Greek word for “through,” was founded in 1974 with the purpose of serving as a conduit for artists to execute ambitious new projects free of overt interpretation and the constraints of more traditional museums and galleries. Dia, in addition to Dia Beacon, Dia Bridgehampton, and Dia Chelsea, maintains and operates a national and worldwide constellation of commissions, long-term installations, site-specific projects, and Land art.
Video or audio files of past public programs are available on Dia’s website in the Watch & Listen.