Dia Art Foundation is having a homecoming. On November 6 the nonprofit organization announced it will construct an exhibition space at 545 West 22nd Street, just steps from a facility it shuttered five years ago. Currently Dia’s staff and board are writing a program for the new building. Its director, Philippe Vergne, says architect selection should take place within several months.
Dia was established in 1974 to support large-scale, site-specific art, such as installations by Donald Judd and John Chamberlain in Marfa, Texas, and Walter De Maria’s The Lightning Field in New Mexico. The foundation initiated a new exhibition program in 1987 at 548 West 22nd Street: Artists were offered an entire floor of a warehouse converted by Richard Gluckman Architects where they could present existing work or create an all-new commission.