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Explore MoMA and modern and contemporary art through a series of programs with artists, curators, designer, writers, and other thinkers and makers in the field. From panel discussions to participatory events and tours, see MoMA through a new lens.

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Member Events

Jasper Johns: Regrets

Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 12:30 p.m.
In conjunction with the exhibition Jasper Johns: Regrets
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Join us at the Museum on the first and third Wednesday of each month for free, one-hour lectures designed for select members. These lectures are free and open to all members (with the exception of Global members) on a first-come, first-served basis. Member Gallery Talks are limited to 25 people. Member guests will be accommodated as space permits.

Member Gallery Talk tickets are distributed at the Members Services desk in the Museum lobby, starting one hour prior to each talk.

Video versions of each talk will be made available for all members on the Digital Member Lounge.

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Member Gallery Talks

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 12:30 p.m.

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Charles Gaines: Manifestos 2

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
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MoMA is pleased to premiere the live performance of Charles Gaines’s Manifestos 2 (2013), in collaboration with The Studio Museum in Harlem. A pioneer of Conceptual art, the Los Angeles–based artist has worked with composer Sean Griffin to translate language from four influential speeches or manifestos into musical notation: Malcolm X’s last public speech, made in 1965 in Detroit’s Ford Auditorium; Peace, Power, Righteousness: An Indigenous Manifesto (1999), by Canadian Mohawk scholar and activist Taiaiake Alfred; "Indocumentalismo Manifesto—an Emerging Socio-Political Ideological Identity" (2010), by Raúl Alcaraz and Daniel Carrillo; and the Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen, written by French activist and writer Olympe De Gouges in 1791. Using an arbitrary rule-based system translating each letter into its corresponding musical note (C, D, E, F, G, A, B) and treating each letter without a correlating note as a silent musical rest, Gaines has established a relationship between the structures of language and music; Manifestos 2 explores how the emotive properties of music affect the content of the manifestos and their interpretation.

For the performance, Griffin will conduct a nine-piece ensemble, bringing the scores to life. The performance is followed by a conversation with Gaines and Griffin; Stuart Comer, Chief Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art, The Museum of Modern Art; and Naima J. Keith, Assistant Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem.

The performance also coincides with the exhibition Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974–1989, on view at The Studio Museum in Harlem through October 26.

When

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Where
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
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Charles Gaines: Manifestos 2

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
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MoMA is pleased to premiere the live performance of Charles Gaines’s Manifestos 2 (2013), in collaboration with The Studio Museum in Harlem. A pioneer of Conceptual art, the Los Angeles–based artist has worked with composer Sean Griffin to translate language from four influential speeches or manifestos into musical notation: Malcolm X’s last public speech, made in 1965 in Detroit’s Ford Auditorium; Peace, Power, Righteousness: An Indigenous Manifesto (1999), by Canadian Mohawk scholar and activist Taiaiake Alfred; "Indocumentalismo Manifesto—an Emerging Socio-Political Ideological Identity" (2010), by Raúl Alcaraz and Daniel Carrillo; and the Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen, written by French activist and writer Olympe De Gouges in 1791. Using an arbitrary rule-based system translating each letter into its corresponding musical note (C, D, E, F, G, A, B) and treating each letter without a correlating note as a silent musical rest, Gaines has established a relationship between the structures of language and music; Manifestos 2 explores how the emotive properties of music affect the content of the manifestos and their interpretation.

For the performance, Griffin will conduct a nine-piece ensemble, bringing the scores to life. The performance is followed by a conversation with Gaines and Griffin; Stuart Comer, Chief Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art, The Museum of Modern Art; and Naima J. Keith, Assistant Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem.

The performance also coincides with the exhibition Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974–1989, on view at The Studio Museum in Harlem through October 26.

When

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Where
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
In conjunction with the exhibition Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 10:30 a.m. –5:30 p.m.

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
In conjunction with the exhibition Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs
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Thursday, October 9, 2014, 10:30 a.m. –5:30 p.m.

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

Friday, October 10, 2014, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
In conjunction with the exhibition Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs
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Friday, October 10, 2014, 10:30 a.m. –5:30 p.m.

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
In conjunction with the exhibition Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs
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Saturday, October 11, 2014, 10:30 a.m. –5:30 p.m.

Sturtevant: Double Trouble

Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
In conjunction with the exhibition Sturtevant: Double Trouble
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 10:30 a.m. –5:30 p.m.

Sturtevant: Double Trouble

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
In conjunction with the exhibition Sturtevant: Double Trouble
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Thursday, November 6, 2014, 10:30 a.m. –5:30 p.m.

Sturtevant: Double Trouble

Friday, November 7, 2014, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
In conjunction with the exhibition Sturtevant: Double Trouble
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Friday, November 7, 2014, 10:30 a.m. –5:30 p.m.

Sturtevant: Double Trouble

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
In conjunction with the exhibition Sturtevant: Double Trouble
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Saturday, November 8, 2014, 10:30 a.m. –5:30 p.m.

The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 10:30 a.m. –5:30 p.m.

The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
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Thursday, December 11, 2014, 10:30 a.m. –5:30 p.m.

The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World

Friday, December 12, 2014, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
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Friday, December 12, 2014, 10:30 a.m. –5:30 p.m.

The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
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Saturday, December 13, 2014, 10:30 a.m. –5:30 p.m.

Panels & Symposia

Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
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Held in conjunction with the exhibition Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness—the first retrospective ever in the US mounted of the artist—a series of scholarly presentations and creative disruptions address issues in Williams’s work from its engagement with the history of early 20th century avant-garde photography and film, epic dramaturgy, the society of the spectacle, and installation as a medium. Participants include Devin Fore, Associate Professor of German, Princeton University; Julia Robinson, Assistant Professor Department of Art History, New York University; R.H. Quaytman, artist; John Kelsey, artist and art critic; and John Miller, artist and Professor of Professional Practice, Department of Art History, Visual Arts Concentration, Barnard College/Columbia University. Moderated by Roxana Marcoci, Senior Curator, Department of Photography and organizer of the exhibition at MoMA.

Program

Adult Programs

When

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 6:00 p.m.

Where
Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
Fees
Tickets ($15; $10 members and corporate members; $5 students, seniors and staff of other museums) can be purchased online or at the information desk, the Film desk after 4:00 p.m., or at the Education and Research Building reception desk on the day of the program.
Performances & Readings

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MoMA Nights with La Luz

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 5:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
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Tonight's Musical Performance: La Luz

Shana Cleveland guitar, vocals; Alice Sandahl, keyboard, vocals; Lena Simon, bass, vocals; Marian Li Pino, drums, vocals

The Seattle-based La Luz brings a relaxed beach-babe vibe to the sweet, thick harmonies of 1960s girl-group, garage, and doo-wop bands. Formed in the summer of 2012, La Luz is driven by thumping, energetic bass lines, danceable surf beats, trembling organ, reverb-soaked guitar, and a wild love of rock ‘n’ roll. Its music embodies that most elusive element of the human condition: longing, and the fleeting relief that tags along with deep desire. The band’s first EP, Damp Face, was created with the help of friend Johnny Goss in a sweaty apartment across from the laundry room in a trailer park in Bothell, Washington. The initial run of 100 home-dubbed cassettes sold out after the band’s first few shows, and in early 2013, Burger Records rereleased it. It’s Alive, La Luz’s debut full-length record came out on the Hardly Art label in October 2013. The band looks forward to inspiring damp-faced dance parties in clubs, basements, theaters, and backyard séances all over the world.

Set begins at 6:30 p.m. Regular Museum admission applies. In the event of rain, the Sculpture Garden will close, and music will take place in Theater 1 or Theater 2. Please note: Sculpture Garden and indoor seating are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

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.

Snacks and Beverages in the Garden
Seasonal snacks, chef’s choice small plates, and specialty cocktails, draft beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages are available for purchase in the Sculpture Garden on Thursday nights. The Garden Bar, located at the northeast corner of the Sculpture Garden, also sells savory and sweet treats, including locally made gelato, sorbetto, homemade desserts, wine, beer, and specialty cocktails. In the event of rain, bars will be closed.

Terrace Dining (rain or shine)
Terrace 5, located on the fifth floor, serves Chef Lynn Bound’s light, seasonal cuisine, with a view overlooking the Sculpture Garden. An à la carte menu is offered indoors, and a special “urban picnic” fixed price menu is available on the terrace during the summer months, including cured meats, cheeses, salads, sweets, and more (with optional wine pairing). Seatings are offered from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Reserve at reservations@artfoodny.com and include name, preferred time, number of guests, and phone number. The “urban picnic” menu is $32 per person (excluding beverages, sales tax, and service)—10% MoMA member discount not applicable.

Program

MoMA Nights

When

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 5:30 p.m. –8:00 p.m.

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MoMA Nights with Tashaki Miyaki

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 5:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
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Tonight's Musical Performance: Tashaki Miyaki

Lucy Miyaki, drums, voice; Rocky Tashaki, guitars; Dora Hiller, bass, voice

The lo-fi, dream-pop trio Tashaki Miyaki, based in Los Angeles, was born from a late night jam between Miyaki and Tashaki in early 2011. They soon started making recordings with producer-engineer Joel Jerome. Posting a few songs on bandcamp.com suddenly led to responses from bloggers and business-types alike, including jetting off to London to play a private event at the legendary 100 Club. Seeking to fill out their live sound, the duo asked bassist Dora Hiller to join. Since then Tashaki Miyaki has toured North America and the United Kingdom, and released a self-titled EP, a single (Luvluvluv Records), a seven-inch of Everly Brothers covers (Rough Trade/For Us Records), and a tape of early recordings (Burger Records). A debut full-length album is in the works. A writer for Fader observed that the band’s serene, ambling sound is “so pretty I’m afraid saying anything else might diminish it.”

Set begins at 6:30 p.m. Regular Museum admission applies. In the event of rain, the Sculpture Garden will close, and music will take place in Theater 1 or Theater 2. Please note: Sculpture Garden and indoor seating are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

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.

Snacks and Beverages in the Garden
Seasonal snacks, chef’s choice small plates, and specialty cocktails, draft beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages are available for purchase in the Sculpture Garden on Thursday nights. The Garden Bar, located at the northeast corner of the Sculpture Garden, also sells savory and sweet treats, including locally made gelato, sorbetto, homemade desserts, wine, beer, and specialty cocktails. In the event of rain, bars will be closed.

Terrace Dining (rain or shine)
Terrace 5, located on the fifth floor, serves Chef Lynn Bound’s light, seasonal cuisine, with a view overlooking the Sculpture Garden. An à la carte menu is offered indoors, and a special “urban picnic” fixed price menu is available on the terrace during the summer months, including cured meats, cheeses, salads, sweets, and more (with optional wine pairing). Seatings are offered from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Reserve at reservations@artfoodny.com and include name, preferred time, number of guests, and phone number. The “urban picnic” menu is $32 per person (excluding beverages, sales tax, and service)—10% MoMA member discount not applicable.

Program

MoMA Nights

When

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 5:30 p.m. –8:00 p.m.

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MoMA Nights with Frankie Cosmos

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 5:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
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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. In the event of rain, the Sculpture Garden will close, and music will take place in Theater 1 or Theater 2. Please note: Sculpture Garden and indoor seating are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

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.

Snacks and Beverages in the Garden
Seasonal snacks, chef’s choice small plates, and specialty cocktails, draft beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages are available for purchase in the Sculpture Garden on Thursday nights. The Garden Bar, located at the northeast corner of the Sculpture Garden, also sells savory and sweet treats, including locally made gelato, sorbetto, homemade desserts, wine, beer, and specialty cocktails. In the event of rain, bars will be closed.

Terrace Dining (rain or shine)
Terrace 5, located on the fifth floor, serves Chef Lynn Bound’s light, seasonal cuisine, with a view overlooking the Sculpture Garden. An à la carte menu is offered indoors, and a special “urban picnic” fixed price menu is available on the terrace during the summer months, including cured meats, cheeses, salads, sweets, and more (with optional wine pairing). Seatings are offered from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Reserve at reservations@artfoodny.com and include name, preferred time, number of guests, and phone number. The “urban picnic” menu is $32 per person (excluding beverages, sales tax, and service)—10% MoMA member discount not applicable.

Program

MoMA Nights

When

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 5:30 p.m. –8:00 p.m.

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MoMA Nights with THEESatisfaction

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 5:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
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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. In the event of rain, the Sculpture Garden will close, and music will take place in Theater 1 or Theater 2. Please note: Sculpture Garden and indoor seating are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

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.

Snacks and Beverages in the Garden
Seasonal snacks, chef’s choice small plates, and specialty cocktails, draft beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages are available for purchase in the Sculpture Garden on Thursday nights. The Garden Bar, located at the northeast corner of the Sculpture Garden, also sells savory and sweet treats, including locally made gelato, sorbetto, homemade desserts, wine, beer, and specialty cocktails. In the event of rain, bars will be closed.

Terrace Dining (rain or shine)
Terrace 5, located on the fifth floor, serves Chef Lynn Bound’s light, seasonal cuisine, with a view overlooking the Sculpture Garden. An à la carte menu is offered indoors, and a special “urban picnic” fixed price menu is available on the terrace during the summer months, including cured meats, cheeses, salads, sweets, and more (with optional wine pairing). Seatings are offered from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Reserve at reservations@artfoodny.com and include name, preferred time, number of guests, and phone number. The “urban picnic” menu is $32 per person (excluding beverages, sales tax, and service)—10% MoMA member discount not applicable.

Program

MoMA Nights

When

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 5:30 p.m. –8:00 p.m.

106923

MoMA Nights with Widowspeak

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 5:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
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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. In the event of rain, the Sculpture Garden will close, and music will take place in Theater 1 or Theater 2. Please note: Sculpture Garden and indoor seating are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

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.

Snacks and Beverages in the Garden
Seasonal snacks, chef’s choice small plates, and specialty cocktails, draft beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages are available for purchase in the Sculpture Garden on Thursday nights. The Garden Bar, located at the northeast corner of the Sculpture Garden, also sells savory and sweet treats, including locally made gelato, sorbetto, homemade desserts, wine, beer, and specialty cocktails. In the event of rain, bars will be closed.

Terrace Dining (rain or shine)
Terrace 5, located on the fifth floor, serves Chef Lynn Bound’s light, seasonal cuisine, with a view overlooking the Sculpture Garden. An à la carte menu is offered indoors, and a special “urban picnic” fixed price menu is available on the terrace during the summer months, including cured meats, cheeses, salads, sweets, and more (with optional wine pairing). Seatings are offered from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Reserve at reservations@artfoodny.com and include name, preferred time, number of guests, and phone number. The “urban picnic” menu is $32 per person (excluding beverages, sales tax, and service)—10% MoMA member discount not applicable.

Program

MoMA Nights

When

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 5:30 p.m. –8:00 p.m.

109653

Charles Gaines: Manifestos 2

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
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109653

MoMA is pleased to premiere the live performance of Charles Gaines’s Manifestos 2 (2013), in collaboration with The Studio Museum in Harlem. A pioneer of Conceptual art, the Los Angeles–based artist has worked with composer Sean Griffin to translate language from four influential speeches or manifestos into musical notation: Malcolm X’s last public speech, made in 1965 in Detroit’s Ford Auditorium; Peace, Power, Righteousness: An Indigenous Manifesto (1999), by Canadian Mohawk scholar and activist Taiaiake Alfred; "Indocumentalismo Manifesto—an Emerging Socio-Political Ideological Identity" (2010), by Raúl Alcaraz and Daniel Carrillo; and the Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen, written by French activist and writer Olympe De Gouges in 1791. Using an arbitrary rule-based system translating each letter into its corresponding musical note (C, D, E, F, G, A, B) and treating each letter without a correlating note as a silent musical rest, Gaines has established a relationship between the structures of language and music; Manifestos 2 explores how the emotive properties of music affect the content of the manifestos and their interpretation.

For the performance, Griffin will conduct a nine-piece ensemble, bringing the scores to life. The performance is followed by a conversation with Gaines and Griffin; Stuart Comer, Chief Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art, The Museum of Modern Art; and Naima J. Keith, Assistant Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem.

The performance also coincides with the exhibition Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974–1989, on view at The Studio Museum in Harlem through October 26.

When

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Where
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1