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The former Dia Center for the Arts building at 548 W. 22nd St., with trees planted for Joseph Beuys’ project 7000 Oaks
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Dia’s Last Chance
by Jerry Saltz



Finally, some good news from the vexed Dia Art Foundation: It’s hired Philippe Vergne as its next director. Vergne, 42, has been curator for over ten years at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and is currently deputy director there. A champion of art and artists, he sees everything, has a keen mind, a good eye, writes well and has curated excellent shows. Vergne isn’t just some out-of-towner lucky to make it in the big time; he’s been on the hiring radar at both P.S. 1 and the Museum of Modern Art, too. Taking the Dia job is a real risk for his career.

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