Ex Hex. Photo by Jonah Takagi

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.

Tonight's Musical Performance: Ex Hex

Mary Timony, vocals, guitar; Betsy Wright vocals; bass, Laura Harris, drum

Ex Hex is what your older brother’s friends listened to: “Roxy Roller” and “Virginia Plain” rumbling from the Kenwood in the basement. The pop-punk power trio hails from Washington, D.C., and is led by veteran rocker Mary Timony (formerly of Helium and Wild Flag). The three songs on Hot and Cold, the band’s debut EP (Merge Records), were recorded in Timony’s basement over the course of two days in July 2013. As a writer for Time Out New York noted, “Timony is a bona fide underground-rock hero. . . . The trio hammers out playful tunes that are catchy as heck—glammy, surf-splashed, and enhanced with an FM-radio classic-rock edge.” A spring tour included SXSW in March; a much-anticipated full-length album is slated for release later this year.

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.

The musical component of Summer Thursdays 2017 features artists who embody a borderless musical vocabulary; combining sonic and lyrical traditions from around the world, they trace the contours of their multicultural backgrounds and transcend traditional ideas of citizenship, nations, and boundaries. These musicians are deeply immersed in the defining challenges of the 21st century. With roots in Africa, Asia, South America, North America, and Europe, but currently residing in New York or elsewhere in the United States, each personifies an inclusive attitude filled with heart and soul.

Organized in collaboration with PopRally and on the occasion of the digital exhibition Crossing Borders: Immigration and American Culture, the musical component of Summer Thursdays 2017 is presented in conjunction with Citizens and Borders, a series of projects at MoMA related to works in the collection that offer critical perspectives on histories of migration, territory, and displacement.

The series was organized in collaboration with PopRally, MoMA’s cross-departmental committee that programs events at MoMA and MoMA PS1.

This event is part of Summer Thursdays.