Events

Sunday, May 5 through Tuesday, May 5, 2020
All Day

Dia:Beacon
3 Beekman Street, Beacon

A pioneer of the Mono-ha movement in Japan, Lee Ufan developed a sculptural practice in the 1960s that explored the tension between natural and man-made materials and the dialogue between object and space. In 1972 he changed the titles of the works that he had made up to that point to Relatum, referring to a concept in Heideggerian philosophy, which conveyed the artist’s interest in contingent circumstances. Read more...

The exhibition at Dia:Beacon, resulting from close collaboration with the artist, will showcase Dia’s 2017 acquisition of three sculptural works by Lee – Relatum (formerly System, 1969), Relatum (formerly Language, 1971), and Relatum (1974)—alongside several important loans.

Lee Ufan, Relatum (Iron Field), 1969/1994/2008, installation view, Art Basel Unlimited 2018. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. Photo Dawn Blackman, courtesy Pace Gallery

Gallery displays rotate regularly. For more information, visit diaart.org. 

Saturday, October 5 through Monday, October 5, 2020
All Day

Dia:Beacon
3 Beekman Street, Beacon

Opens October 5, 2019, ongoing.

Since 1962, Marian Zazeela has worked with her long-time collaborator, La Monte Young, on large-scale installations in sound and light. Though Zazeela’s sculptures and light design have become well known, her works on paper have remained decidedly less so. Dia will present approximately 30 works on paper dating from 1962 to 1990 (with the majority from the 1960s and 1970s), which showcase the range of materials and motifs that stem from the artist’s deep interest in calligraphy and ornamental forms.

Friday, November 1 through Sunday, November 1, 2020
11:00am - 4:00pm

Dia:Beacon
3 Beekman Street, Beacon

Originally trained as an architect, Barry Le Va began creating horizontally dispersed sculptures while he was a student at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Though seemingly random—and emblematic of chance-based operations—these radical works are rigorously planned and arranged for each site-dependent installation. This survey of Le Va’s floor-based installations from the 1960s will include two of his rarely seen powder dispersals, which will be reconfigured for a site-dependent space at Dia:Beacon. (more info)

Image: Barry Le Va installing Four (Cleaved Floor) (1969/2016) at MoMA PS1, New York City, in 2016. © Barry Le Va. Photo: C. J. Nolan. © David Nolan Gallery, New York.

Friday, November 1 through Sunday, November 1, 2020
11:00am - 4:00pm

Dia:Beacon
3 Beekman Street, Beacon

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Mel Bochner’s first Measurement Room, Dia has commissioned Bochner to realize a new, large-scale work from his Measurement series at Dia:Beacon. Regarded as one of the leading American Conceptual and Postminimal artists in the 1960s and 1970s, Bochner pioneered the play between the characteristics of numerical values, space, and language in his work. (more info)

Image: Mel Bochner, Measurement Room, 1969, installation view, Galerie Heiner Friedrich, Munich, 1969.

Saturday, December 14 through Sunday, April 5, 2020
4:00pm - 10:00pm

Industrial Arts Brewing Company
511 Fishkill Ave, Beacon

Opening Reception

Casey Alan Inch was born in Brooklyn, NY and was raised in Connecticut. In 2000 he attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where he received his BFA in Painting. In 2007 Inch moved to Brooklyn to attend Pratt Institute where he received his MFA in Painting/Drawing. Inch exhibits his work nationally, and continues to work in his Brooklyn studio. www.caseyinch.com

Saturday, January 11 through Saturday, February 29, 2020
12:00pm - 4:00pm

Beacon Historical Society
17 South Avenue, Beacon

The Beacon Historical Society presents Whispers from the Castle Keep an exhibit of memorabilia from the Bannerman Castle Trust including small artifacts from the Civil and Spanish American War. Paintings, photographs, catalogs, and rare artifacts will tell the story of the Bannerman arsenal and castle. Read more...

An opening reception will be held at 17 South Avenue in Beacon, NY on January 11 from 12 – 4 pm. The exhibit will continue on Thursdays from 10-12pm and Saturdays from 1-4pm through February 29. Parking is available behind the Historical Society on Route 9D and Beacon Street.

The Beacon Historical Society was formed in 1976, with a mission to preserve, procure, and present Beacon’s heritage and history. The Society’s collections contain more than 5,000 items including books, prints, documents, photographs, postcards, paintings, maps, and artifacts — all relating to Beacon.

Wednesday, January 22 through Wednesday, March 11, 2020
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Beacon writer Donna Minkowitz will teach an 8-week memoir workshop this winter on Wednesday nights starting January 22. The course meets from 7 to 9 PM and focuses on craft – particularly on using the five senses, lyricism, emotion, storytelling, and critical thinking to create profound and relatable works of memoir. Students will get frequent feedback in a supportive atmosphere. Class size is limited to eight. The fee is $275.

Read more...

Minkowitz has taught memoir writing for 20 years, at venues including the 92nd Street Y, the New York Writers Workshop, The Kitchen, and the Mt. Chocorua Writers Workshop. Her recent memoir Growing Up Golem was a finalist for both a Lambda Literary Award and for the Judy Grahn Nonfiction Award, and she won a Lambda Literary Award for her first memoir, Ferocious Romance: What My Encounters with the Right Taught Me about Sex, God, and Fury. Minkowitz has also written for the New York Times Book Review, The Nation, and the Village Voice.

Please email Minkowitz46@Gmail.com for specific location (Beacon, New York 12508)

Saturday, February 8 through Sunday, March 1, 2020
1:00pm - 3:30pm

Howland Public Library
313 Main Street, Beacon

Opening Reception

In celebration of Black History Month, the Southern Dutchess NAACP is exhibiting historical memorabilia in the library’s Community Room during the month of February. Organized by Barbara McCaskill, local resident and NAACP member, the display features historical items from the personal collections of NAACP members including original art, prints, photographs, political posters and historical ephemera. The Beacon Historical Society is also contributing information to the exhibit about some of the historical figures featured in the exhibit and their connection to Beacon, NY. Please join us Saturday in the Community Room. A reception with light refreshments will be held on February 8th, from 1-3:30pm.The exhibit will be on view through March 1st.

Saturday, February 8 through Sunday, March 29, 2020
5:00pm - 8:00pm

No. 3 Reading Room & Photo Book Works
469 Main Street, Beacon

Opening Reception

Please join us for the Second Saturday reception for artist Rosaire Appel. For the next few months, No.3 Reading Room & Photo Book Works is giving itself over entirely to Rosaire Appel’s artist books and works on paper. Her prolific and imaginative works encompass the acts of listening, seeing and notating sensory experiences, translated into untranslatable pages that defy conventional reading. Read more...

Appel is a well-known and respected practitioner of Asemic writing, which, simply put, is “writing” or a script that has no discernable content or meaning, which is left to the viewer to determine. Despite being open to its viewer’s interpretation, Rosaire Appel has concrete and specific sources for the generative aspect of her work. But once completed, it is free to be interpreted by anyone who wants to take the time to respond.

There will be many of Rosaire’s artist’s books on view and available for purchase, as well as rare and unique works that can be viewed up on request. Reference works on Asemic writing and books by various practitioners of this form are also on display. On view through March 29 and by appointment, we’re here to engage and share this fascinating practice of image and text in poetic forms where you decide what it means.

Saturday, February 8 through Sunday, March 8, 2020
6:00pm - 9:00pm

RiverWinds Gallery
172 Main Street, Beacon

Opening Reception

These 3 artists, working in photography, encaustic and glass tiles – use basic elements to express unique visions. The
“My creations are the result of giving shape to a thought and/or feeling,” says Heidrun Morgan. “I don’t have a certain outcome in mind when I start – it is the process that fascinates me. Glass captures or transmits light as no other medium, and my glass pieces are one-of-a-kind art inspired by nature as well as by geometric shapes. For my mosaics I use glass, tiles, beads, wood, fused-glass components, and other found objects resulting in mixed media creations. Giving life to my ideas completes me.” Read more...

“Whether under a microscope, through a telescope or with the naked eye, epic landscapes of a questionable scale are a continuously fascinating subject of inspiration,” says Carol Flaitz. “I am beholden to a powerful visual world found in the natural landscape of all geologic forces.” Flaitz’s geologic images are abstracted into two-dimensional pencil designs on wood, and then submerged beneath layers of color, texture and glazes and encaustic (beeswax and resin) until a compelling landscape is born.
“My formal studies were not in photography but in Interior Design,” explains Nancy Faulds. “I worked in this field both on commercial and residential projects for 25 years, meanwhile gradually developing my eye and skills as a photographer. Over time my interests have shifted from landscapes and ‘found abstracts’ to the challenges of discovering beauty in spaces that at first seem ugly and decrepit.”

The show runs through March 8, 2020.

Saturday, February 8 through Friday, April 10, 2020
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Maria Lago Studio
502 Main Street, Beacon

The series of Ideographic Paintings are inspired by prehistoric cave drawings and archetypal images. The surfaces of the paintings resemble the walls of a cave and are inscribed with words and symbols. Working spontaneously, I combine images from the past and present to create my own symbolic language. I am attempting to interpret my personal experience within a common visual code.

Saturday, February 8 through Saturday, March 7, 2020
6:00pm - 9:00pm

bau: Beacon Artists Union
506 Main Street, Beacon

Opening Reception

TIME | Juried by Elizabeth Heskin
Time: the continuum of experience in which events pass from future to present to past. How does one experience TIME? A particular occasion, a good time, a bad time, history, events of the day, visionary future, an instance of something happening or being done, mark making, measuring, movement…
The artists in this exhibition selected by our Juror and independent curator Elizabeth Heskin present their visions of the theme “TIME”

In The Beacon Room | BAU STORE
A selection of works by BAU artists

Gallery Hours are Saturdays and Sundays 12-6 p.m. or by appointment

Saturday, February 22
3:00pm - 5:30pm

Howland Cultural Center
477 Main Street, Beacon

Join us for the Howland Playhouse’s 2020 Season, the premiere of the Hudson Valley Theatre Initiative’s (HVTI) musical, ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’.

Even as a fragile rabbit doll, Edward Tulane learns through his miraculous journey what it is to love, what it is to lose that love, and how to find the courage to love again. Based on Kate DiCamillo’s beautiful novel of the same name, adapted by Dwayne Hartford,The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is a heartwarming adventure retold by a talented cast of professional Hudson Valley actors and musicians that will delight and inspire both young and old. Running time: 90 minutes. Snacks provided; beverages available.

Saturday, February 22
4:00pm - 5:30pm

BAU Gallery
506 Main Street, Beacon

Howland Chamber Music circle returns with another pop-up concert featuring The Schroeder Umansky Duo as they delve into the world of repetition and return.

Performance of music for violin and cello by Zoltán Kodály, Michael Ippolito, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw. While you join us, make sure to view the BAU gallery’s Annual Juried Fine Art Exhibition! This year’s theme is “Time”.

Cellist Felix Umansky is well known to us as the cellist of the Grammy Award winning Harlem String Quartet and violinist Amy Schroeder is violinist of the internationally renowned (and 2020 Grammy Award winning) Attacca Quartet.

FREE Admission and meet-the-artists reception after the concert.

Saturday, February 22
6:00pm - 9:00pm

St. Rocco Society
26 North Chestnut, Beacon

Save the date! Join us as we travel back in time to the infamous roaring twenties to help raise money for Beacon Open Studios 2020! Wear your favorite 1920s outfit, enjoy delicious food, great drinks, swanky raffle prizes, swinging music, and good company. Read more...

Tickets are $35 and will go on sale on January 1. Click here for more info and to purchase tickets. Artist Registration and Sponsorship will also be available January 1

We are looking for volunteers: Check in/Door greeters, Raffle ticket sales, Raffle game dealers. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Amanda at director@beaconopenstudios.org.

We look forward to another amazing year of Beacon Open Studios!
Happy Holidays!
Sincerely,
Amanda Heckle | Project Director

Saturday, February 22
8:00pm - 10:30pm

Towne Crier Cafe
379 Main Street, Beacon

$45 advance / $25 at the door

Sunday, February 23
All Day

Dia:Beacon
3 Beekman Street, Beacon

Dia:Beacon offers complimentary admission with identification to Hudson Valley residents the last Sunday of every month. (Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Sullivan, Ulster, Washington and Westchester). Please present identification and proof of residence at the admissions desk. Gallery displays rotate regularly. For more information, visit www.diaart.org.

Last Sundays at Dia:Beacon are made possible by Kiki McMillan, Charlie Pohlad, and the Pohlad family

January–March: Friday–Monday 11 am–4 pm
April–October: Thursday–Monday 11 am–6 pm
November–December: Thursday–Monday 11 am–4 pm

Sunday, February 23
12:00pm - 3:00pm

Towne Crier Cafe
379 Main Street, Beacon

The Party For Your Mental Health is a birthday celebration for Mike Buckley, and, to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention. Special Guest: SIꓘOTABS will be reading from their debut book, “Sometimes It’s OK To Always Be Sad”, with a limited first press available for sale. Live Music by: Judith Tulloch, Russell St. George, The Costellos, Tony DePaolo, and Luv Dot Gov. Buffet Included! Proceeds will be donated to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. $20 Suggested Donation – All checks payable to The American Foundation For Suicide Prevention. Doors 11:30am, Event Noon to 3pm. All ages.

Sunday, February 23
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Towne Crier Cafe
379 Main Street, Beacon

California Dreamin’ celebrates the music of southern California in the ’60s and ’70s. Songs by Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys, The Mamas and Papas, Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Eagles, Jackson Browne, Carole King, Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac … and more! $20 advance / $25 at the door

Wednesday, February 26
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Towne Crier Cafe
379 Main Street, Beacon

Every Wednesday Evening, Come out and play! Our Open Mic Night was voted Best of Hudson Valley® 2016 Editors Pick by Hudson Valley Magazine®! Read more...

For over 25 years the Towne Crier’s legendary Open Mic Nights have drawn top talent from throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond, including Sloan Wainwright, the Slambovian Circus Of Dreams and Red Molly. Known as a true “listening room,” it provides artists with a respectful performance space, and live music fans with the best entertainment value around. Don Lowe hosts. For a variety of reasons, after trial and error, email signups have not worked out, so we are discontinuing it. The former email address will NOT be monitored. Signups are exclusively in person (no phone signups either) between 5 and 7pm day of the open mic. Show up early in order to pick a slot (with the host’s consent and at his/her sole discretion!) (more info)

Thursday, February 27
3:30pm - 5:00pm

Howland Public Library
313 Main Street, Beacon

A place for elementary school-age children to work collaboratively or independently to build fantastic Lego creations and tinker with our STEM materials (littleBits, robots, etc.). You can even combine them!

Thursday, February 27
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Howland Public Library
313 Main Street, Beacon

Need an extra tote bag now that the Dutchess County plastic bag ban is in effect? Community members ages 11 to adult are invited to paint their own tote bag at the Howland Public Library on Thursday, February 27th, from 4-5pm. Personalize a canvas reusable tote bag with your own design using painters tape, acrylic paints and fabric markers. Once finished the bag will be perfect for carrying home books and movies borrowed from the library and so much more. All supplies are provided and no experience is needed.  Registration is required as supplies and space are limited. Adults can register via the sign-up sheet at the library’s front desk. Tweens and teens can register by emailing Michelle at community@beaconlibrary.org

Thursday, February 27
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Howland Cultural Center
477 Main Street, Beacon

Friday, February 28
6:00pm - 7:30pm

Howland Public Library
313 Main Street, Beacon

Middle school and high school students can join us for pizza and a movie. We’ll be screening the documentary Free Solo. This documentary follows professional rock climber, Alex Honnold, as he attempts to be the first person to “free solo” climb (meaning with just his hands and feet and no cables) El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. The film will be followed by a Q&A with local filmmaker and amateur climber Dana Bol and local climbing guide, Doug Ferguson.
Registration required so we know how much pizza to get.
To register email Michelle at community@beaconlibrary.org.

Friday, February 28
7:00pm - 10:00pm

McKinley Hall
50 Liberty Street, Beacon

During his 60-year career as an activist, Rustin formulated many of the strategies that propelled the movement. But his open sexuality forced him to remain in the background. Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin combines rare archival footage with provocative interviews to illuminate the life and work of a forgotten prophet of social change. Free Admission – Doors Open 6:45 Film: 7:30PM
moviesthatmatterbeacon.org

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