The Dan Flavin Art Institute: A True Art Gem in the Hamptons
Amidst all of my art adventures in the Hamptons over the years, the Dan Flavin Art Institute had fallen under my radar. Operated by the venerable Dia Art Foundation, the Dan Flavin Art Institute is located in Bridgehampton, New York and houses some of his most recognizable light installations. Dan Flavin is a true son of New York, born in Jamaica, Queens and having studied at The New School for Social Research and Columbia University, becoming a pivotal contributor to the Minimalist art movement. The DFAI was founded in 1983 in a building that had previously been an old firehouse and later a church. The permanent installation is a bi-level space showcasing substantial works from 1963-1981 on the second floor and rotating exhibitions on the first floor. The current exhibition 'icons' revisits Flavin's earlier period from 1961-1964, where he worked with painting and sculpture, illustrated through eight pieces. This era essentially laid the foundation for his transition in creating the signature and spectacular fluorescent works we revere today.