THEESatisfaction. Photo by David Belisle

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: THEESatisfaction

Stasia “Stas” Irons and Catherine “Cat” Harris-White, vocals and electronics

The sound of the Seattle-based THEESatisfaction infuses funk-psychedelic feminista sci-fi epics with the warmth and depth of black jazz and Sunday morning soul, frosted with icy raps that evoke Elaine Brown, Ursula Rucker, and Q-Tip. Rapper Irons and singer Harris-White write, perform, and produce their own material. Immediately embraced for their singular sound, unflinching commentary, and immortal groove, they have made friends, fans, and new family from coast to coast through a combination of sharp digital hustle and self-organized tours that connect them to like minds everywhere. The band’s debut full-length album, awE NaturalE, was released by Sub Pop in 2012. Pop Matters praised it as “a powerful testament to hip-hop’s potential for challenging, inspiring, and pushing beyond the boundaries of genre toward new and exciting forms of hybridity and interconnection.”

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.