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The Art of Being Quiet

You’re a busy New Yorker, stressed out, always running. Life is just too fast. And you never enjoy all the culture the city has to offer. Who has time? Visitors, that’s who. Maybe you are one of those visitors, trying to find the truly unique New York thing to do. The Museum of Modern Art, ever the trailblazer, has just the thing: Quiet Mornings. The first Wednesday of every month the fourth- and fifth-floor galleries open at 7:30 a.m., offering, MoMA says, “a rare chance to look slowly, clear your mind, silence your phone, and get inspiration for the day and week ahead.” In the morning quiet, you can fully drink in Monet’s “Water Lilies,” Rothko’s bold color combinations, or Agnes Martin’s minimalist landscapes, among other works. The event, cosponsored by Flavorpill, ends with meditation guided by a guest teacher from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. A limited number of tickets (at discounted prices) are available online and first-come, first-served the day of, to ensure things don’t get too crowded. “While silence is not enforced,” Jessie Cappello of MoMA’s special programming and events department told Mindful, “it is observed. It’s a truly wonderful space.”

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