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.
Music for MoMA Nights in August features a range of innovative and popular French songwriters, in celebration of the exhibition Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913–1917. Each artist in Hear France has struck a conscious balance between tradition and invention. Most draw on various aspects of the chanson heritage and place a strong emphasis on literate lyrics. All have devised personal ways to construct modern works with no hints of quaintness. Hear France offers a rare opportunity for New York audiences to sample today’s French music scene in a lively setting. Hear France is the third MoMA Nights music series organized in collaboration with Olivier Conan, programmer and co-owner of Barbès performance space in Brooklyn.
In the event of rain, the Sculpture Garden will close, and music will take place in Theater 1 or 2. Please Note: Sculpture Garden and theater seating are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
Weather permitting, there will be a cash bar (specialty cocktails, draft beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages) and seasonal tapas for purchase in the Sculpture Garden. The Garden Cart will sell artisanal ice creams, sorbets, and homemade sundaes, as well as wine, beer, and specialty coffees. Terrace 5, on the fifth floor of the Museum, will offer a light fare and a special summer ceviche tasting menu presented by chef Lynn Bound. In the event of rain, the bar will move inside to The Agnes Gund Garden Lobby.
Marianne Dissard, vocals; Brian Lopez, guitar; Arthur Vint, drums; Scott Colberg, bass; Christian Ravaglioli, keyboard
Based in Tucson, Arizona, Marianne Dissard composes chansons with a strongly American flavor. Her last album, L’Entredeux, was cowritten and produced by a fellow Tucsonian, Joey Burns (of Calexico fame) and has earned raves on both sides of the Atlantic. She is also a filmmaker and a performance artist whose work has been presented throughout Europe. Her French lyrics have a timeless edge, and the sometimes cinematic arrangements evoke Western ballads, polka, and the music of Françoise Hardy and Serge Gainsbourg, while always retaining a strong personal identity.