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.
This year's MoMA Nights music series draws from local and international sources with an eye to the global cross-pollination of styles and genres. A singer from Brazil takes cues from American pop, while a Congolese guitarist forms a breakthrough collaboration in Paris. A tribute to an avant-garde avatar borrows a Japanese form of poetry and involves 100 composers, and a musical legend from Sierra Leone mixes it up with bandmates in Brooklyn. Each of the innovators in this nine-concert series started with a powerful artistic vision and has traveled the globe to realize it.
The series is the fifth organized in collaboration with Olivier Conan, programmer and co-owner of Barbès performance space (barbesbrooklyn.com).
In the event of rain, the Sculpture Garden will close, and music will take place in Theater 1, with the exception of August 9, when the rain location will be The Agnes Gund Garden Lobby (standing room only).
Please note: Sculpture Garden and indoor seating are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tonight’s Music Performance: Diblo Dibala and the Soukous Show from the Republic of Congo
Diblo Dibala, lead guitar; Richard Poungou, rhythm guitar; Ngouma Lokito, bass; Oscar Debe, drums; Justa Lujwangana and Gabrielle Joseph, dancers
Guitarist Diblo Dibala is one of Congo’s preeminent exponents of soukous—the rumba-based musical style that is a pillar of modern African pop music. He first came to the attention of the master and pioneer of the genre, Franco, at a young age, and quickly became a top studio player in Zaire. In the 1980s, he moved to Paris and became the guitarist and musical director for the singer Kanda Bongo Man. The band became a global phenomenon, sold millions of records, and transformed soukous into a more contemporary, guitar-driven style geared to the dance floors of urban Africa. For the past two decades, Dibala has spent his time between Europe, the United States, and Africa, and he has recorded with legends such as Juan Luis Guerra and David Byrne. He now performs under his own name and keeps refining his style with the help of a top-notch Congolese group and two dancers.
Snacks and beverages in the Garden
Seasonal snacks 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 local gelato and sorbet, ice cream sandwiches, cookies, wine, beer, and specialty cocktails. In the event of rain, a cash bar will be available indoors.
Terrace Dining (rain or shine)
The fifth floor’s Terrace 5 serves Chef Lynn Bound’s light, seasonal cuisine overlooking the Sculpture Garden. An a la carte menu is offered indoors, as well as a special "urban picnic" fixed price menu on the terrace during the summer months, which includes cured meats, cheeses, salads, sweets, and more (with optional wine pairing). Seatings are offered from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Reserve at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.