La Luz. Photo by Zoe Rain

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: La Luz

Shana Cleveland guitar, vocals; Alice Sandahl, keyboard, vocals; Lena Simon, bass, vocals; Marian Li Pino, drums, vocals

The Seattle-based La Luz brings a relaxed beach-babe vibe to the sweet, thick harmonies of 1960s girl-group, garage, and doo-wop bands. Formed in the summer of 2012, La Luz is driven by thumping, energetic bass lines, danceable surf beats, trembling organ, reverb-soaked guitar, and a wild love of rock ‘n’ roll. Its music embodies that most elusive element of the human condition: longing, and the fleeting relief that tags along with deep desire. The band’s first EP, Damp Face, was created with the help of friend Johnny Goss in a sweaty apartment across from the laundry room in a trailer park in Bothell, Washington. The initial run of 100 home-dubbed cassettes sold out after the band’s first few shows, and in early 2013, Burger Records rereleased it. It’s Alive, La Luz’s debut full-length record came out on the Hardly Art label in October 2013. The band looks forward to inspiring damp-faced dance parties in clubs, basements, theaters, and backyard séances all over the world.

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 for the 2016 series are presented in conjunction with the exhibition BRUCE CONNER: IT’S ALL TRUE, and organized in collaboration with PopRally.

Music played a key role in Bruce Conner’s oeuvre. Throughout his career, he collaborated with composers and scored his films with popular and experimental music. In the late 1960s Conner improvised light shows for live musical performances and during the late 1970s he avidly documented the San Francisco punk rock scene through photographs. Conner incorporated sound into installations and even sculptural assemblages, one of which featured playback from a concealed tape recorder. MoMA’s 2016 Summer Thursdays series kicks off with a performance of longtime Conner collaborator Terry Riley’s iconic composition In C (1964)—the score to Conner’s final moving-image work, Easter Morning (2008)—by an orchestra of raga musicians. The following weeks feature acts that embody the unconventional spirit of the artist and his work, in musical genres ranging from indie rock to neo-psych to pop punk to experimental electronic music.

Snacks and beverages in the Sculpture Garden
The Garden Bar offers drinks and snacks at the northeast corner of the Sculpture Garden. The menu of homemade snacks includes specialty hot dogs, soft pretzels, and baguette sandwiches, along with a selection of wines, craft-beers, and cocktails. In the event of rain, bar will be closed.

Terrace dining (rain or shine)
Terrace 5 is located on the fifth floor, with views overlooking the Sculpture Garden. Chef Dan Jackson’s menu features contemporary American cuisine with a focus on light, seasonal plates.

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.