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.

Tonight's Musical Performance: Frankie Cosmos

Greta Kline, vocals, guitar; Gabrielle Smith, keyboard, vocals; David Maine, bass; Aaron Maine, drums

Frankie Cosmos is a four-piece band led by the singer and songwriter Greta Kline. The songs range from slow, sad ballads to goofy rock ‘n’ roll love songs. They celebrate, mourn, or otherwise commemorate the small daily stories that weave the textures of a young life. Jon Caramanica of The New York Times found a recent performance “bracing and warm and full of tiny observational gems. . . . The aesthetic of naiveté here is just a cover—more interesting things are happening underneath the hood.” Frankie Cosmos is based in New York City (where Kline and Smith grew up) and Pleasantville, New York (where the Maine brothers grew up). Zentropy, the group’s first studio album, features 10 songs and was released in March on the label Double Double Whammy.

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.

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.