museum of 4 in the morning + insomnia solutions for creatives

(Video link here.) The Museum of Four in the Morning is a crowd-sourced collection of ‘four in the morning’ references from art, culture and elsewhere. It got me thinking about ways people handle being up at that hour of the night/morning that seems somehow like the farthest point on the clock: the quiestest, most alone time, when just about everyone around you is asleep. The world seems very different then. It seems to be the time many insomniacs have the most trouble with.

Yet the creative people I’ve known all had similar solutions to not sleeping:

Hiro and Richard Avedon, two legendary photographers, said they simply got up and did something, made something, read something, and refused to worry about it.

When I told brilliant illustionist/magician Mark Mitton of my insomnia, he suggested I change my schedule so that I was purposely UP all night, going to bed in the early hours of the morning and waking up at noon or so. That’s his schedule, as he’s often performing in clubs and living a truly night life.  He says he just keeps the phone turned off  in the morning when he’s sleeping. His waking day starts early afternoon.

Come to think of it, as a night owl is how I spent much of my life until I began to yearn for mornings awake. I’d write or draw, or be out-and-about having just finished working intense shifts cooking in restaurants. There’s a whole population that thrives at night, and whose personal clocks are naturally set to be awake then. The problem is the normal workaday world.

If you don’t HAVE to get up in the morning for the routine much of the world follows, 4 a.m. IS a magic time. The Museum of Four in the Morning reminds us how. Says Kvar Matene (who may not really exist) : Four in the morning is another country.

According to Jack Kerouc:

Kerouac 4 am paris Review interview

A painting and a sculpture by Alberto Giacometti nailed  ‘The Palace at 4 a.m’:

Museum of Modern Art

Museum of Modern Art

 via Kottke

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5 Responses to museum of 4 in the morning + insomnia solutions for creatives

  1. Laura Handler 10.24.2013 at 7:52am #

    I wish I’d seen this at four oclock this morning!

    And would love to sleep in – but in New York between the beep beep of Fedex trucks backing up, trash pickup from a million bars, and the new scaffolding over my building where they are now replacing ALL of the windows, the best I can do is just get the hell on with it……..rats.

  2. RLT 10.24.2013 at 12:51pm #

    That hair piece from your previous post is laying there but it looks like a piece of sculpture. Hmmmmm.

  3. Leslie 06.20.2015 at 3:54pm #

    Finally someone who understands the loveliness of 4 a.m.! Guess I’m not a freak or, if so, in good company.

  4. loïs 04.19.2019 at 4:06am #

    Just a contribution. I’m reading a classic book about the 70’s in which there’s a reference to 4 in the morning.:

    the book: Gonzo Papers, v.1: the Great Shark Hunt, by Hunter S. Thompson, page 435 in the Warner Books paperback edition, in the short story Living in the Time of Alger, Greeley, Debs.

    the quote: It was four in the morning when he knocked on the door of my hotel room. “Sorry to bother you, pard”, he said, “I heard your typewriter going, but I just got lonely, you know–I had to talk to somebody.”

  5. Sally Schneider 06.17.2019 at 8:31pm #

    OH, sorry I missed this comment. GREAT GREAT GREAT. I really appreciate it.

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