Musical acts for the 2014 series feature an array of vibrant, creative women who are making their mark on today’s music scene. Veterans and up-and-coming artists perform a range of musical styles, including dream and synth pop, alt-folk, surf rock, neo-soul, and pop punk.

The series was organized in collaboration with PopRally, MoMA’s cross-departmental committee that programs events at MoMA and MoMA PS1.

Tonight's Musical Performance: Thao (from The Get Down Stay Down)

Thao Nguyen, solo guitar and voice

While growing up in Falls Church, Virginia, Thao Nguyen picked up a guitar at the age of 12 and began performing in a pop-country duo in high school. She spent most of her twenties working and touring with a laundry list of vaunted artists, including Andrew Bird, Mirah, Laura Viers, and the producer Tucker Martine. She also toured the United States with the syndicated NPR program Radiolab. A little over a year ago, Nguyen finally settled in San Francisco: “I wanted to try to actually be a real live person, rather than just singing songs about them.” Life off the road has meant time to think about things besides music and to engage in community activism, such as advocating for incarcerated Californians. When Nguyen stepped into the studio with her band The Get Down Stay Down and producer John Congleton, the result was We the Common. The album’s 12 songs are raw and rollicking, homemade and reckless, revealing this musician’s punk soul and folk heart.

Set begins at 6:30 p.m. Regular Museum admission applies. Performances take place in the Sculpture Garden. In the event of rain, the Garden will close, and music will take place in Theater 1. Please note: Sculpture Garden and indoor seating are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Musical acts for the 2016 series are presented in conjunction with the exhibition BRUCE CONNER: IT’S ALL TRUE, and organized in collaboration with PopRally.

Music played a key role in Bruce Conner’s oeuvre. Throughout his career, he collaborated with composers and scored his films with popular and experimental music. In the late 1960s Conner improvised light shows for live musical performances and during the late 1970s he avidly documented the San Francisco punk rock scene through photographs. Conner incorporated sound into installations and even sculptural assemblages, one of which featured playback from a concealed tape recorder. MoMA’s 2016 Summer Thursdays series kicks off with a performance of longtime Conner collaborator Terry Riley’s iconic composition In C (1964)—the score to Conner’s final moving-image work, Easter Morning (2008)—by an orchestra of raga musicians. The following weeks feature acts that embody the unconventional spirit of the artist and his work, in musical genres ranging from indie rock to neo-psych to pop punk to experimental electronic music.

For more information, visit moma.org/poprally and follow @MoMAPopRally on Twitter.

Snacks and beverages in the Sculpture Garden
The Garden Bar offers drinks and snacks at the northeast corner of the Sculpture Garden. The menu of homemade snacks includes specialty hot dogs, soft pretzels, and baguette sandwiches, along with a selection of wines, craft-beers, and cocktails. In the event of rain, bar will be closed.

Terrace dining (rain or shine)
Terrace 5 is located on the fifth floor, with views overlooking the Sculpture Garden. Chef Dan Jackson’s menu features contemporary American cuisine with a focus on light, seasonal plates.

The series was organized in collaboration with PopRally, MoMA’s cross-departmental committee that programs events at MoMA and MoMA PS1.

This event is part of Summer Thursdays.