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Escape Keys: Walter De Maria Installations in Manhattan

"The Broken Kilometer" (1979) is made up of 500 brass rods in five rows. (By John Cliett -- Dia Art Foundation)
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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Getting There

From Midtown Manhattan, take the R train to Prince Street to see the two Walter De Maria installations.

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De Maria's "The New York Earth Room" (141 Wooster St., 212-989-5566, http://www.earthroom.org) and "The Broken Kilometer" (393 W. Broadway, 212-989-5566, http://www.brokenkilometer.org) are free to the public Wednesday through Sunday noon-3 p.m. and 3:30-6 p.m. Both are closed June 15 through Sept. 15.

Another installation is Dream House in Tribeca, an extended exhibition at the MELA Foundation (275 Church St., 212-925-8270, http://www.melafoundation.org). You can lose yourself in this "sound and light environment" by composer La Monte Young and visual artist Marian Zazeela between 2 p.m. and midnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Visit before June 21, when it closes for the summer. Suggested contribution, $5.

While downtown, grab Time Out New York for listings of dozens of contemporary art exhibits in SoHo, Greenwich Village and Lower East Side galleries.

The cavernous, highly recommended Dia: Beacon galleries (3 Beekman St., Beacon, N.Y., 845-440-0100, http://www.diabeacon.org) are up the Hudson River from New York. Admission $10.

-- W.P. and Patrick O'Boyle

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