February 11, 2020 - Dia Art Foundation - Carl Craig: Party/After-Party
February 11, 2020

Dia Art Foundation

Carl Craig at Dia Beacon, Beacon, New York. Photo: Eva Deitch. Courtesy Dia Art Foundation, New York.

Carl Craig
March 6–September 7, 2020

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Dia  Beacon  
3 Beekman Street  
Beacon, New York  

Dia Art Foundation has commissioned acclaimed Detroit-based techno DJ and producer Carl Craig to create a sound installation at Dia Beacon in Beacon, New York, in dialogue with the unique architecture of the space. Party/After-Party (2020) marks his first commission for an art institution and culminates a five-year-long engagement with Dia. This new commission reimagines Dia Beacon’s lower level, creating a sonic environment that is anchored to the site’s manufacturing history as a former Nabisco packaging factory and recalling a techno tradition of reclaiming industrial spaces for radical experimentation. Deeply personal, the work accesses both the euphoria of the club environment and the loneliness that follows this collective experience. 

Party/After-Party will be on view March 6 through September 7, 2020. 

Performance​: Carl Craig and Moritz von Oswald
Saturday,  March 7, 2020, 7pm  

To mark the opening of Carl Craig’s new commission Party/After-Party (2020) at  Dia  Beacon in Beacon, New York,  Dia presents a live performance by Craig and Moritz von Oswald within the installation space on March 7, 2020. For the event, Craig has developed an entirely unique set, which responds to the architecture of the room and incorporates the specific sound design of the installation. The performance highlights the decade-long collaboration between Craig and legendary Berlin-based Oswald, bringing together the Detroit and Berlin techno traditions within the environment of  Dia  Beacon.  

Tickets are available for purchase  here
Carl Craig  
Carl Craig was born in Detroit in 1969. He began his career in the late 1980s as a DJ and producer, and soon came to prominence within the Detroit techno scene. Craig is frequently acknowledged as one of the field’s most wide-ranging artists, integrating inspirations and sounds from a variety of musical genres into his work. He has released several recordings on both his own Planet E Communications record label and under numerous aliases employed to explore new directions. Craig’s notable recent projects include the release of Sessions (2008), a two-disc reimagination and celebration of more than fifteen years of his musical catalogue. The artist’s interest in collaboration is evidenced in Versus, which was released in 2017. For the album, Craig worked with pianist Francesco Tristano, French orchestra Les Siècles, conductor François-Xavier Roth, and Moritz von Oswald. Most recently, Craig collaborated with Chineke! Orchestra to perform the title track “Versus” alongside seminal tracks such as “At Les,” “The Melody,” and “Sandstorms” at the historic Royal Albert Hall in London. He lives and works in Detroit when not touring internationally. 

Moritz von Oswald  
Moritz von Oswald was born in Hamburg in 1962. Trained as a classical percussionist, Oswald joined the New Wave band Palais Schaumburg in the early 1980s. Soon after, he moved to Berlin and began creating electronic music. In the early 1990s, he released collaborative projects with fellow Palais Schaumburg member Thomas Fehlmann under the monikers 2MB and 3MB. In 1993 he cofounded the record label Basic Channel with Mark Ernestus. The duo’s works have been released under numerous other names such as Rhythm & Sound. He also formed the Moritz von Oswald Trio with Max Loderbauer and Vladislav Delay. In 2009 the trio released Vertical Ascent. It was followed by Live in New York (2010), Horizontal Structures (2011), and Fetch (2012). Subsequently, Vladislav Delay was replaced by Tony Allen. The trio then released Sounding Lines in 2015. Oswald is also one half of the duo Borderland along with Juan Atkins, releasing Borderland in 2013 and Transport in 2016. He lives and works in Berlin. 

Party/After-Party  is made possible by major support from the Ford Foundation. 

Dia Art Foundation
Taking its name from the Greek word meaning “through,” Dia was established in 1974 with the mission to serve as a conduit for artists to realize ambitious new projects, unmediated by overt interpretation and uncurbed by the limitations of more traditional museums and galleries. In addition to Dia Beacon, Dia Bridgehampton, and Dia Chelsea, Dia maintains and operates a constellation of commissions, long-term installations, site-specific projects, and works of Land art, nationally and internationally. As part of a strategic and comprehensive plan to further advance its mission, program, and ongoing operations, Dia is currently upgrading and expanding its principal programming spaces of Dia Chelsea and Dia Beacon, and will open a new space, Dia SoHo, in 2022. 

For additional information or materials, call T 212 293 5518, email press@diaart.org, or visit diaart.org.

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