MoMA Nights with Pauline Oliveros

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Pauline Oliveros. Photo by Vinciane Verguethen

MoMA Nights with Pauline Oliveros

Thursday, August 1, 2013, 5:30 p.m. –8:00 p.m.
The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, first floor, exterior

See MoMA's collection, visit the summer exhibitions, and enjoy live music in the Sculpture Garden (sets begin at 6:30 p.m.). Regular Museum admission applies.

The MoMA Nights 2013 music series includes indie acts selected by MoMA’s PopRally committee (July 4, 11, 18, and 25), and concerts related to the exhibitions Soundings: A Contemporary Score (August 1, 8, and 15) and American Modern: Hopper to O’Keeffe (August 22 and 29).

Each Thursday evening in July, MoMA Nights features an up-and-coming band selected by MoMA’s PopRally committee. PopRally is a program of events organized by a cross-departmental committee and held at MoMA and MoMA PS1.

August marks the opening of the first major exhibition of sound art at MoMA, Soundings: A Contemporary Score. The show presents 15 recent works—from rare field recordings to a resonating subway bench—which together suggest that how we listen determines what we hear. MoMA Nights features experimental music and sound works by pioneering composer Pauline Oliveros and by three artists in the exhibition: Camille Norment, Stephen Vitiello, and Tristan Perich.

The artists featured in the exhibition American Modern: Hopper to O’Keeffe drew inspiration from the tremendous changes unfolding in the United States in the first half of the 20th century. In a similar vein, the music of two new American moderns, Adam Brisbin and Jerron Paxton, celebrates this country’s rich musical traditions while creating exciting new work for contemporary audiences.

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.

Snacks and Beverages in the Garden
Seasonal snacks, bruschetta selections, 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 local 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.

Tonight’s Music Performance: Pauline Oliveros: What’s the Score?
Pauline Oliveros, accordion

Playing the Roland V-Accordion, Pauline Oliveros will improvise What’s the Score? elaborating the play-on-words of her title into an array of volatile, gestural, changing sounds and sound qualities. Oliveros invites the audience to score a sound from her improvisation during the performance by representing it on a card with pencil or pen. A sound might consist of a single note, chord, cluster, or noise heard at any time during the piece, and represented by a drawing, graphic, or word. The cards with the audience scoring of the sounds will be collected and organized into a new score for a future performance. Oliveros (b. 1932) has influenced American music decisively in a career spanning more than 60 years as a composer, performer, author, and philosopher. She pioneered the concept of Deep Listening, her practice based on principles of improvisation, electronic music, ritual, teaching, and meditation, designed to inspire both trained and untrained musicians to practice the art of listening and responding to environmental conditions in solo and ensemble situations.

Snacks and Beverages in the Garden
Seasonal snacks, bruschetta selections, 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 local 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.

In conjunction with the exhibition

Image: Pauline Oliveros. Photo by Vinciane Verguethen