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Fri, Apr 7, 2017 10:30am –

Beacon, NY

Meet in Miller Theatre's lobby
2960 Broadway at 116 St.

Arts Initiative at Columbia University

Museum Meetup | Dia:Beacon

Robert Irwin, Excursus: Homage to the Square3, 2015. © Robert Irwin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: © 2016 Philipp Scholz Ritterman

A discussion and tour with Columbia GSAPP professor Galia Solomonoff

Join the Arts Initiative for a Museum Meetup roadtrip to Dia:Beacon. We will be joined by architect and Columbia GSAPP professor Galia Solomonoff, who in 2003 oversaw the conversion of a 1929 Nabisco box-printing factory into the 300,000 square foot daylight-only museum that is Dia:Beacon. The project was designed in collaboration with the artist Robert Irwin and has been recognized internationally for its design, as well as environmental sustainability.

Irwin's first work for Dia:Beacon, Excursus: Homage to the Square3​, is now view. This landmark site-specific installation exemplifies the artist's practice of creating environments that bring attention to spatial relations and the subtleties of perception and upholds his pivotal explorations of the interconnectedness of art and architecture.​

Following the discussion, participants will have time to tour the galleries on their own.

RSVP note: 
Due to very limited capacity, this Museum Meetup is open only to current Columbia and Barnard students, and participants will be selected by virtual lottery. Please use the link above to enter the lottery. You may RSVP for one or two spots. We will notify the randomly selected participants by email approximately 2 weeks before the trip. At that time, those selected will be asked to pay a $5/person registration fee to confirm their spot.

Travel Note:
We will travel to Beacon by chartered bus, which will take approximately 1.5 hours. The bus will leave campus promptly at 10:30am and will leave Beacon at 3:30pm. Please plan to meet in the lobby of Miller Theatre no later than 10:15am for check-in. We will provide snacks and water during the trip, but please bring lunch or money to purchase lunch at the Dia:Beacon cafe.​

About Galia Solomonoff:
​Galia Solomonoff is a Professor of Architectural Practice at Columbia GSAPP, and has taught at The Cooper Union, RISD, Princeton University, and Yale University where she was honored with the Louis Kahn Chair. Solomonoff holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from City College CUNY, and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University; she is a licensed architect in the State of New York.

Argentinean-born Solomonoff is the founder and Creative Director of Solomonoff Architecture Studio/SAS. Before establishing Open Office and later Solomonoff Architecture Studio/SAS, Solomonoff worked with Rem Koolhaas/OMA, Bernard Tschumi and Rafael Vinoly. She has directed award-winning proposals for architectural and urban design competitions in Europe and the United States, and received a National Endowment for the Arts grant and AIA Awards.