The Dia Art Foundation is now best known for its massive museum space situated in Beacon, New York along the Hudson River, and its many site-specific acquisitions around the world. But its roots remain in Chelsea, where the foundation was first established in 1974. Despite the many galleries which have followed in its footprints, galleries at Dia: Chelsea continue to host some of the most provocative and visionary art installations in the city.

Almost 50 percent of our collection is on show. It's an incredible thing when so many museums have almost all of their collections in storage.
- Jessica Morgan

What You Will See

The Dia: Chelsea galleries on 22nd street host rotating exhibitions and events exploring the status of modern and contemporary art around the world. Exhibitions are traditionally solo shows of mid- and late-career artists working in a variety of mediums. Recent exhibitions have featured artists such as Francois Morellet, Hanne Darboven, and Robert Ryman. Works are experimental and often site-specific. Put this one high on your list.

Why You Should Go

Dia is a global force in the world of contemporary art, and whether you visit their galleries in Chelsea, the iconic edifice in Beacon, or one of the many remote installations managed by the institute, you will be awed and inspired. Free admission is available Friday afternoons. Any Chelsea gallery stroll should include at least a brief stop to see what is new at Dia.