Widowspeak. Photo by Daniel Cavazos

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: Widowspeak

Molly Hamilton, vocals and guitar; Robert Earl Thomas, guitar

Widowspeak is an American band known for its wistful, Western-tinged take on rock ‘n’ roll. The group formed in 2010 and released two singles in 2011 ("Harsh Realm" and "Gun Shy") followed by a self-titled debut album that summer, all on the Brooklyn label Captured Tracks. Widowspeak has been praised for its reverential spaciousness, Hamilton’s haunting voice, and Thomas’s spindly, Morricone-esque guitar lines. The music draws on 1950s pop ballads and 1970s psych, and features languid call-and-response melodies. The band has toured extensively, wearing in its warm, nostalgic sound. The Swamps is Widowspeak’s newest release. Here the band’s characteristic sonic landscapes, poignant harmonies, and layers of delicate guitar-work usher in a new chapter. Inspired by the light-choked wetlands of its title, the album brims with songs about fears of stagnation and the pitfalls of nostalgia, but never relinquishes Widowspeak’s melodic optimism.

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.