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: My Brightest Diamond
Shara Worden, solo voice and multiple instruments
Growing up all over the United States in a family of traveling evangelists, Shara Worden gave her first public performance at age six. Classical music and Motown, became her twin passions, and she pursued a degree in opera at the University of North Texas, where she wrote and recorded original material for the first time. After moving to New York by way of Moscow, Worden recorded three albums and joined the ranks of Sufjan Stevens’s Illinoisemakers. Onstage this chanteuse evokes Martha Graham as much as Edith Piaf, and she has collaborated with visual artists and filmmakers such as Matthew Ritchie, Matthew Barney, Shoplifter, and Murat Eyuboglu. Worden recently moved to urban Detroit, planted a garden, and started a family. Her latest album, All Things Will Unwind, draws inspiration from the Motor City. More folk-inspired than her previous work, it addresses the juxtapositions of life and death, class and race, pantries and politics—as heard through the mesmerizing lullaby of a new mother.
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 email@example.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.