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: Frankie Cosmos
Greta Kline, vocals, guitar; Gabrielle Smith, keyboard, vocals; David Maine, bass; Aaron Maine, drums
Frankie Cosmos is a four-piece band led by the singer and songwriter Greta Kline. The songs range from slow, sad ballads to goofy rock ‘n’ roll love songs. They celebrate, mourn, or otherwise commemorate the small daily stories that weave the textures of a young life. Jon Caramanica of The New York Times found a recent performance “bracing and warm and full of tiny observational gems. . . . The aesthetic of naiveté here is just a cover—more interesting things are happening underneath the hood.” Frankie Cosmos is based in New York City (where Kline and Smith grew up) and Pleasantville, New York (where the Maine brothers grew up). Zentropy, the group’s first studio album, features 10 songs and was released in March on the label Double Double Whammy.
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.