The Dia building, once a Nabisco carton printing plant, produced "art" on a daily basis in the form of boxes for cookies, crackers and other Nabsico products It's Not to far a stretch to call those reams of printed cardboard "art".. after all, Andy Warhol did it with a Campbell's Soup can. Given the buildings history as an important example of 20th Century industrial architecture, it would make sense and be fitting if Dia acknowledged the buildings former use and worked with the historical society to build a display of artifacts that celebrates the building and those that worked there.
Beacon needs to do more to bring attention to its unique industrial past. In certain aspects of manufacturing, we were number three only behind Lowell Ma, and Danbury Ct. The railroad that passes through the city was once a major transportation route with railroad cars being ferried across the river and the only route available north of NYC and below Albany until the building of the Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge.
While Dia is here as the premier art museum for contemporary art, it could never the less play an important role in the acknowledgement of the building housing its collection.
former President & VP of the Beacon Historical Society