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.
Tonight's Musical Performance: Thao (from The Get Down Stay Down)
Thao Nguyen, solo guitar and voice
While growing up in Falls Church, Virginia, Thao Nguyen picked up a guitar at the age of 12 and began performing in a pop-country duo in high school. She spent most of her twenties working and touring with a laundry list of vaunted artists, including Andrew Bird, Mirah, Laura Viers, and the producer Tucker Martine. She also toured the United States with the syndicated NPR program Radiolab. A little over a year ago, Nguyen finally settled in San Francisco: “I wanted to try to actually be a real live person, rather than just singing songs about them.” Life off the road has meant time to think about things besides music and to engage in community activism, such as advocating for incarcerated Californians. When Nguyen stepped into the studio with her band The Get Down Stay Down and producer John Congleton, the result was We the Common. The album’s 12 songs are raw and rollicking, homemade and reckless, revealing this musician’s punk soul and folk heart.
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 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.