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Dia Acquires La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela’s Dream House

In the 1980s, Dia Art Foundation’s plan to nail down a permanent Manhattan site for Dream House (La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela’s famous light and sound environment) fell through: The foundation, facing financial woes, sold the Harrison Street building that the couple had used for their project. For years, Dia has supported a smaller version of the work in a rented gallery on Church Street.

Now, Dia has acquired the original Dream House as a work and is looking to turn it into a long-term installation at its new headquarters for collections and programs on West Twenty-second Street. According to the New York Times’ Randy Kennedy, construction’s planned to start within the next three years. In the meanwhile, Dream House will be staged from June 17 through October 24 at Dia’s current building at 545 West Twenty-second Street.

“[Young] should be understood as a John Cage of our era,” said Jessica Morgan, Dia’s recently appointed director. Morgan explained that one of her first priorities at her new post there was to find a way to protect the work of Young and Zazeela.

Young, meanwhile, isn't going to take Dream House's new home for granted. “If you get permanent paint on your house, that lasts—what?—about a year if you’re lucky,” he said. “We’ll see what happens.”