New York Magazine

 BEST OF NEW YORK

Main
Food
Beauty & Fitness

Fun & Kids

Nightlife

Services

Shopping

A-Z List

By Neighborhood

 


Family & Leisure

Best Museum Bookstore
Dia Center for the Arts
548 West 22nd Street
212-989-5566


It used to be the cutting-edge exhibitions upstairs that attracted contemporary-art lovers to the Dia Center for the Arts. Since September, however, Jorge Pardo’s witty “Project” has kept visitors lingering on the ground floor, lazing on the red couches (actually, George Nelson Case Study Daybeds from the sixties), and browsing the art books, catalogues, artist CDs, and magazines in Dia’s new and spacious bookstore. Pardo’s renovation of the Chelsea pioneer’s 9,000-square-foot ground floor has wrought other welcome changes, too, among them a separate entrance for the bookstore, and a gallery space that is currently displaying Pardo’s abstract mural paintings and is also used for book signings and readings. What holds it all together, though, are Pardo’s light-refracting yellow, green, orange, peach, and light-blue ceramic tiles that cover the entire ground floor and its pillars. They alone are worth the trip.
 
More Family & Leisure Winners >>>