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: Widowspeak
Molly Hamilton, vocals and guitar; Robert Earl Thomas, guitar
Widowspeak is an American band known for its wistful, Western-tinged take on rock ‘n’ roll. The group formed in 2010 and released two singles in 2011 ("Harsh Realm" and "Gun Shy") followed by a self-titled debut album that summer, all on the Brooklyn label Captured Tracks. Widowspeak has been praised for its reverential spaciousness, Hamilton’s haunting voice, and Thomas’s spindly, Morricone-esque guitar lines. The music draws on 1950s pop ballads and 1970s psych, and features languid call-and-response melodies. The band has toured extensively, wearing in its warm, nostalgic sound. The Swamps is Widowspeak’s newest release. Here the band’s characteristic sonic landscapes, poignant harmonies, and layers of delicate guitar-work usher in a new chapter. Inspired by the light-choked wetlands of its title, the album brims with songs about fears of stagnation and the pitfalls of nostalgia, but never relinquishes Widowspeak’s melodic optimism.
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.
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.