The Dr. Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation Give a Generous Gift to Dia Art Foundation to Create the Sackler Institute


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Dr. Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation Give a Generous Gift to Dia Art Foundation to Create the Sackler Institute

New York, NY – Dia Art Foundation announced today that it received a gift from The Dr. Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation to establish the Sackler Institute. Marissa Sackler is a trustee of Dia Art Foundation.

The endowment for the Sackler Institute will support and promote the intellectual content of Dia’s core programming. The Sackler Institute, a center without walls, establishes a unique umbrella structure within Dia, bringing together public programs, education, research, and scholarship across all of its sites. These include: Artists on Artists Lecture Series, Discussions in Contemporary Culture, Readings in Contemporary Poetry, Community Free Days, Gallery Talks, Education Programming, Publications, Archives, and Conservation and Research.

“The Sackler Foundation’s generous gift provides a new platform for Dia’s critical programs,” said Jessica Morgan, Director of Dia Art Foundation. “We are grateful to Marissa Sackler and her family for their leadership and support. We are confident that the creation of the Sackler Institute will be a catalyst for expanding and deepening our rich network of ideas and knowledge, which is at the heart of Dia’s mission.” 

“The intellectual vigor of Dia’s programs is unique,” said Marissa Sackler, Trustee, Dia Art Foundation. “I am thrilled that my family and I can help Dia continue to strengthen an already strong program as well as encourage innovation and new scholarship in contemporary art.”

Jessica Morgan, Director, Dia Art Foundation, will direct the Sackler Institute. James Meyer, Chief Curator and Deputy Director, Dia Art Foundation, will serve as the curator in charge.

Dia Art Foundation
Founded in 1974, Dia Art Foundation is committed to initiating, supporting, presenting, and preserving extraordinary art projects. Dia:Beacon opened in May 2003 in Beacon, New York. Dia also maintains several long-term sites, including Walter De Maria’s The New York Earth Room (1977) and The Broken Kilometer (1979), Max Neuhaus’s Times Square (1977), Joseph Beuys’s 7000 Eichen (7000 Oaks, which was inaugurated at Documenta 7 in 1982), and Dan Flavin’s untitled (1996), all of which are located in New York City; the Dan Flavin Art Institute (established in 1983) in Bridgehampton, New York; De Maria’s The Lightning Field (1977) in western New Mexico; Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty (1970) in Great Salt Lake, Utah; and De Maria’s The Vertical Earth Kilometer (1977) in Kassel, Germany.

Dia presents temporary exhibitions and installations, performances, lectures, and readings on West 22nd Street in New York City.

* * * 

For additional information or materials contact:
Press Department, Dia Art Foundation, or 212 293 5518