art and popsicles

August 2, 2010 |  Category:   art + design dining out life outings

And this was our Saturday:

Another perfect 82 degree, low humidity day (seriously, did Bill Clinton negotiate with the weather gods to have this perfect day for Chelsea’s wedding? I don’t know. He was able to bring those 2 women back from North Korea, so…)

A drive to Dia in Beacon. The first time I went to Dia was when they first opened their doors 7 years ago. We were visiting a client who had just moved there, to learn more about this Smithsonian Photography project which we would later design and we got a tour of the town and a visit to some of the art studios that were being renovated. Beacon was supposed to be the next big thing. I’m not sure it really quite got there.

The 2nd and last time I went to Dia was when I was 37 weeks pregnant with Mia. I was huge and uncomfortable and we met my friends from Amsterdam who were visiting family nearby. It was dead of winter and cold and I remember being at that final stage of pregnancy where you don’t really give a shit about what you look like, you just want that baby out of you. My friends had a toddler at that time and I remember being stressed during our visit to the museum because he was the only kid there and unlike the city museums, Dia is usually very empty so the guards have nothing to do but to watch a running toddler in the gallery spaces like a hawk. I think he may have even touched a painting. I’m telling you, it was stressful. Well you know what? Saturday’s visit with the girls was just about the same. It was hard to contain them from running around the minimalist, huge spaces (no photos allowed at Dia, btw).

The girls were more interested in finding every plush gray couch scattered all over the galleries than Sol LeWitt’s Drawing Series (ok, the couches *were* ridiculously comfy), but they did totally dig walking inside Richard Serra’s massive steel torque sculptures as I thought they would. That alone made the trip worth it.

And you know what else was worth the drive? Discovering Zora Dora’s popsicles after it was recommended by a few people on twitter. I had the Honey Lavender Bee Pollen and Mark had the Banana Curry Peanut Coconut. There were about 25 different flavors. Yeah, this was our kind of place and got us thinking about popsicles. Mark makes them for the girls, but holy crap! Maybe we should have a few flavors each week for the store!

We drove back to Brooklyn with the windows down. Another splendid night watching the sunset from the car. I can’t remember the last time we had a summer with so many days “off”. When we work, we work gangbusters hard and it’s rare that we both get 2 back to back days off on the same days, but this is the summer of doing things.

Sometimes, I can’t believe this is my life.

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  • michelle August 2, 2010 at 10:31 am

    sounds like a fantastic weekend. this is the first time I’ve seen you mention “the store” like it absolutely happening. this makes me happy.

  • Lesley August 2, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Those pictures are gorgeous. It makes me want a popsicle and I don’t even usually gravitate toward popsicles when ice cream is an option, haha. I’m taking note of these places for the next time I can get to NY!

  • Nani August 2, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Love the pictures, it seems like your weekend was heavenly. It’s great when you get perfect days with time to do almost anything.

  • Dinah August 2, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Yeah really @ “the store.” Very exciting!

  • patricia August 2, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Your photos/posts always make me wish we had done so much more with my parents as kids and when we lived on the East Coast. Glad you had such an enjoyable weekend—while we enjoyed our box of goodies from your shop!

  • heodeza August 2, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    These popsicles make my mouth water. I think it’d be a wonderful idea for your shop… I would definitely go there if there was a place like this where I live. And bring all my friends along! :-)

  • mina August 2, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    “I remember being at that final stage of pregnancy where you don’t really give a shit about what you look like, you just want that baby out of you.”

    Ha! That is quotable, Jenna!

  • elaineganmaclaine August 2, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    mmm, popsicle treat… The banana CURRY peanut coconut popsicle must taste flavourful with a twist!
    I’ve been overdosing on ice-cream tubs myself in this desert heat!

  • rifferaff August 2, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    i too noticed the store mention dropped all casually. i figured that would be the next step given your situation with the kitchens. looking forward to following your journey, as always!

  • Manja August 2, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    I came across your blog by accident (as most other great things in life you find:) and have really enjoyed it for the last couple of days.
    I’m a freelance illustrator of children books and a mom of a beautiful 4,5 months old boy. Your photos and comments are very inspiring to me as an artist but also to me in my new role of being a mom.
    Thanks and keep it up!

  • Anna @ D16 August 2, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Next time, stop over on the other side of the river. 😉

  • amber perrodin August 2, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    you’re right. this was a beautiful day. the curry ice cream sounds delicious!

  • Luna August 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    it just looks like a perfect perfect summe day! those ice lollies look sooo yummy!

  • Louis Duke August 2, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    The photos are great, and you are a very talented writer.
    Who designed your blog? It’s great.

  • Jenna August 3, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Thank you, Louis Duke – do you mean this minimal design? Me.

  • heidileon August 3, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    “I can’t believe this is my life”..well, I have the same feeling quite often.

    Love photo number 1.