Playing hooky at the Noguchi Museum

March 14, 2014 |  Category:   art + design life



So, here’s the thing: you can spend your time lamenting over how a certain thing in your life isn’t making you happy, or you can actually do something about it. I decided that Thursdays are my “recharge” days – a day to see things, go to places I haven’t been before, or work on projects that are only my own. I know that some days there will be deadlines that are too pressing to ignore and I’ll most likely be playing catch up in the evening hours, but I’m going to try and keep this commitment going. Ain’t nothing gonna change by simply sitting around wishing I had more free time.





Yesterday I went to the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City. It’s been on my list forever and it was a spontaneous, get in the car kind of outing with a friend. I’m glad that my first experience here was without the kids. There’s a tranquility to the space that is translated through the sculptures and the Japanese-influenced aesthetic of the museum design; it was so quiet. We had the whole museum to ourselves for awhile. It was nice to sit on a bench, watch the light filter and shift, and just talk for hours trading stories of travels and people that we used to know.



By 3pm, we were back in our neighborhood facing the frenzy of school pickup, surrounded by hundreds of other kids, parents and caregivers. By 3:30 I was back at home sorting through my inbox which was flooded with emails, but it had been a good day. I needed that reminder that these breaks are important.

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  • Aya March 14, 2014 at 11:30 am

    I like your attitude and what a great idea. I need to do this too. There are so many wonderful things in my area and it’s all too easy to let time slip by instead of being proactive to make things happen. Thank you for this reminder.

    • Jenna March 14, 2014 at 11:53 am

      I hope you do! It felt nice to step away.

  • Sora March 14, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Thanks for posting your photos. They really do capture the serenity of a museum. I often tell my husband that the museum is like my church. It is definitely a much needed place to recharge and just to be in an environment that honors art helps put a lot of things into perspective (at least for me).

  • JustineH March 31, 2014 at 9:54 am

    One of my absolute favorite places. One of my absolute favorite artists.

    I always love small museums dedicated to the work of one artist. It affords the rare opportunity to really absorb the “experience” of their work.