April 16, 2021 – January 2022
Dia Chelsea reopens with an exhibition of newly commissioned works by Lucy Raven. Following a three-year engagement with Dia, Raven presents two kinetic light sculptures occupying the entirety of the former Alcamo marble-cutting factory on West 22nd Street in New York City. In an adjacent gallery, she exhibits a film that was shot over two years at a concrete plant in Bellevue, Idaho. Together, these two projects explore properties of speed, pressure, and materiality (both geological and synthetic) in the context of the Western United States. Born in Arizona, Raven often considers the complex histories of this region’s formation and depiction, as well as its contemporary role in global commerce, communication, and development. In doing so, her work engages the legacy of the Land artists that Dia has supported since the early 1970s. Incorporating moving images, photography, sculpture, and sound, her immersive installations address issues of labor, technology, and the hidden mechanisms of power.
Lucy Raven is made possible by major support from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation. Significant support is provided by the Berkowitz Contemporary Foundation, the Kaleta A. Doolin Foundation, and Dia’s Director’s Council: Fady Jameel, Susan and Larry Marx, Leslie and Mac McQuown, Alice and Tom Tisch, and Sara and Evan Williams. Generous support is also provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art. Additional support provided by the Cowles Charitable Trust, Jeffrey Deitch, Molly Gochman, Agnes Gund, Slobodan Randjelovic, Jamie and Robert Soros, and those who wish to remain anonymous.