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Dia Art Foundation to Present Commissioned Work by Allora & Calzadilla in Puerto Rico

Dia Art Foundation announced today that it has commissioned a new, site-specific work from artists Allora & Calzadilla to be presented to the public on September 21, 2015. The work, titled Puerto Rican Light (Cueva Vientos), is Dia's first commission outside the continental United States since Joseph Beuys's 7000 Eichen (7000 Oaks) in Kassel, Germany in 1982. Allora & Calzadilla's work will be realized in collaboration with Para la Naturaleza, the nonprofit wing of the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico, and situated inside a limestone cave at El Convento Natural Protected Area on a remote part of the southwest coast of Puerto Rico. The artists identified this site for their work after four years of research in collaboration with Dia. “It is a great privilege for us to work with Allora & Calzadilla on this groundbreaking proposition, an illuminating work that promises to renew the terms for the experience of art. Their investigation is unconventional and unprescribed, and it offers a path for us to follow and ways to consider provocative questions with the help of our senses,” said Dia curator Yasmil Raymond in reference to the commission.