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: THEESatisfaction

Stasia “Stas” Irons and Catherine “Cat” Harris-White, vocals and electronics

The sound of the Seattle-based THEESatisfaction infuses funk-psychedelic feminista sci-fi epics with the warmth and depth of black jazz and Sunday morning soul, frosted with icy raps that evoke Elaine Brown, Ursula Rucker, and Q-Tip. Rapper Irons and singer Harris-White write, perform, and produce their own material. Immediately embraced for their singular sound, unflinching commentary, and immortal groove, they have made friends, fans, and new family from coast to coast through a combination of sharp digital hustle and self-organized tours that connect them to like minds everywhere. The band’s debut full-length album, awE NaturalE, was released by Sub Pop in 2012. Pop Matters praised it as “a powerful testament to hip-hop’s potential for challenging, inspiring, and pushing beyond the boundaries of genre toward new and exciting forms of hybridity and interconnection.”

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.