The Museum of Modern Art, Sculpture Garden
Madame Gandhi. Photo: Wendy Figueroa

Kiran Gandhi, drums, vocals, DJ

Kiran Gandhi, known by her stage name, Madame Gandhi, is an artist and activist based in Los Angeles. She grew up between New York and Bombay, and developed her aptitude for drumming as a teenager. While pursuing mathematics and women’s studies at Georgetown University, she started playing as a drummer with Thievery Corporation and toured with the band to Bonnaroo 2010 and Virgin Mobile Fest. While working for a few years as the first digital analyst at Interscope Records, she met the rapper and electronic artist M.I.A., who invited her to perform with her band on a world tour. Simultaneously, Kiran was accepted into the MBA program at Harvard—and she characteristically decided to do both. In 2015 she ran the London Marathon while bleeding freely to combat menstrual stigma around the world, advancing a global conversation about how we treat menstruation in various cultures. On graduating, she finished writing her debut EP, Voices, released in 2016, inspired by the marathon. She also traveled the world to write and speak about political topics such as menstrual stigma. She continues to engage in both activism and music, noting, “My mission is to elevate and celebrate the female voice.”

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.

This event is part of Summer Thursdays.