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.

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.