MoMA Nights with Ex Cops
Thursday, July 4, 2013, 5:30–8:00 p.m.
The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, first floor, exterior
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.
Musical acts in July are presented in conjunction with the exhibition One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North. Organized in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center and Harlem Stage, each musician featured reflects the next generation of rising stars who will have an impact on jazz for years to come, and each has her or his own personal tale of migration. Drawing from genres including hip-hop, R&B, Latin, soul, jazz, gospel, and New Orleans second line, these artists are expanding musical boundaries with contemporary soul and swing.
Dates in August feature four buzzworthy bands. The music spans a range of genres from electronic to R&B, from post-punk to indie rock—and everything in between. Each concert begins with an opening set at 5:30 p.m. by a DJ from Newtown Radio. These evenings are organized by MoMA PopRally. For more information, visit moma.org/poprally and follow @MoMAPopRally on Twitter.
Tonight’s Music Performance: Ex Cops
Amalie Bruun, vocals, keyboards; Brian Harding, vocals, guitar; Leif Huckman, bass, vocals; Kai Kennedy, guitar, vocals; Sam Bair, drums
Formed in Brooklyn in 2011 by Brian Harding and Amalie Bruun, Ex Cops released True Hallucinations, its debut full-length album, early this year (Other Music label). Working with the producer John Siket, the quintet created a catchy blend of gentle harmonies, chiming guitars, and loose, swinging rhythms. Listeners may detect influences ranging from vintage British and New Zealand indie pop, to Factory Records atmospherics, and closer to home, a little Velvets/Feelies jangle, along with a good dose of classic power-pop and the guitar-heavy sound of Teenage Fanclub. Whatever its influences or precursors, the music of Ex Cops is very much the band’s own, at once classic and modern. In November Spin included the band on its list of the best new artists, and the single “James” has been featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered. Ex Cops has been on the road since the release, performing at South by Southwest and supporting Bleached.
Tonight’s performance was selected by MoMA’s PopRally committee.
Snacks and beverages in the Sculpture 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, sells savory and sweet treats, including baguette sandwiches and homemade soft pretzels with dipping sauces, locally made gelato from Il Laboratorio del Gelato, 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 Daniel Jackson’s light, seasonal cuisine, with a view overlooking the Sculpture Garden. During MoMA Nights, in conjunction with the Museum’s concerts and other programming, Terrace 5 will offer a special of a half-dozen oysters paired with a glass of champagne for $20, both inside and (weather-permitting) on the terrace, as well as a focused à la carte menu of raw bar items, wine, and beer. The 10% MoMA member discount is not applicable.
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 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.