11am Reading and book signing by Susan Rubin
Reservations for the reading are highly recommended and can be made by clicking the reservations link above or by calling 845.440.0100 x23.
Please note that Community Free Day guests are not required to make reservations for the other programs.
12pm Director’s Tour with Susan Sayre Batton
Susan Sayre Batton, managing director, Dia:Beacon, will introduce Dia’s distinguished collection and share the history of Dia:Beacon’s transformation from a former Nabisco box-printing factory into a major museum.
1pm Family tours of the collection
Family tours for children ages 5+ (accompanied by an adult)
2pm Conversations with Museum Guides
Stationed throughout the museum galleries, Dia guides will invite visitors to engage with artworks as they lead 20–25 minute conversations about work by artists including Michael Heizer, Robert Irwin, Robert Ryman, and Richard Serra.
About the Program
Since opening in 2003, Dia:Beacon has hosted more than 20 Community Free Days, and this is the first to include a special presentation by a writer. Children and their families are invited to join award-winning author Susan Rubin for a reading of her latest book, Breaking the Rules: What is Contemporary Art?
, described by the Los Angeles Times as “a lively, insightful sampling of work by 25 artists from the last 60 years.” The event will culminate with a book signing, and all guests will receive a Dia gift bag containing interactive museum activities, bookshop vouchers, café coupons, and a variety of commemorative items.
Susan Goldman Rubin
lives in Malibu, California, and has written more than 45 books for young people, including Andy Warhol: Pop Art Painter
, a 2007 ALA Notable Book, which is currently sold at the Dia:Beacon bookshop
. She has been an instructor in the UCLA Extension Writers Program for over 20 years and has also discussed her work on the Today Show, BBC Radio and C-Span.