new museum first saturdays

January 9, 2013 |  Category:   art + design life nyc outings









So far we’re making good on our resolution to see more art. I have only been to the New Museum once since it moved to the Bowery around 5 years ago. I used to go more often when it was located in Soho on Broadway when I was in art school and graduate school in the 90s. It was much smaller then – 2 floors in the Astor Building – but now the New Museum is a 7 story building with a skyroom on the top floor with views of lower Manhattan. This is where they hold activities for kids on First Saturdays for families. The monthly event is free, but keep in mind that you only have access to one of the gallery floors during free hours, but the Museum does have free admission to the public Thursday nights from 7-9pm.


This is our first time at the museum as a family and I think the girls really enjoyed themselves. Like with some of the other activities we’ve been to in the city lately, the girls always seem to be among the oldest in the crowd now, but ironically they might be at the perfect age to really get the most out of these art outings. In this particular instance, they made observations between 2 images by drawing comparisons and noting shared elements as well as the differences, both conceptually and visually.
Now that the girls are at an age where going to museums are actually very enjoyable (oh, you know what I’m talking about – taking a toddler and a preschooler to an art museum could very possibly turn into the 9th circle of hell if all the cards fall in the wrong place), I’m going to seek out more of these family art days at other museums. Most of them are free and that is one of the reasons why we live in NY, isn’t it?

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  • unha engels January 9, 2013 at 11:42 am

    looks fun.
    noguchi has one too and great.

  • Jenna January 9, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Yeah, that’s one of the places I need to go to this year.

  • JuJu January 9, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Hi Jenna, I too have the same resolution (or at least one them) of seeing more art…if you ever drop down to Philadelphia I highly suggest the Barnes Museum. Its awesome and on the first friday every month they have great bands and wine tastings as well as lower ticket fare!

  • saarah January 9, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    thank you so much for this inspirational blog! i´ve just recently found it, but i´ve been reading it so much lately and enjoying your pictures and stories. it´s all so beautiful!
    i´m also a graphic designer, so i found ypur style very appealing. keep up the good work :) !

    greetings from helsinki, Finland.

  • Jenna January 9, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    @JuJu we’ve been talking about coming down to philly for years. Might have to do that sometime this year

    @saarah thank you! Nice to have you here.

  • Bibi January 12, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    very interessant!

  • Simone January 13, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    When our eldest was almost 2 years old we went to the museum De Pont in Holland, they have a serie of 4 paintings of babies by Marlene Dumas, She made series of paintings of babies at a certain point because her daughter was just born and she was trying to get a grip on the whole idea of a baby. Her babies are quite monsterous really and these paintings are huge (4 times 2 meters by 1 meter, something like that).
    My daughter ran up to these paintings when she saw them (and you know how babies walk, you know unstable with diaper-filled pants) and then she looked at them and then started to laugh her head off, she just doubled up laughing. So funny. Such a wonderful memory.
    Have a wonderful day!!!

  • victoria January 13, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Particularly great images of images!

  • Christine Gibson January 18, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    we love taking our kids to the MOMA, especially to the lab for kids (its on the other side of the outdoor sculpture garden)