Downtown Boys at MoMA PS1 as as part of VW Sunday Sessions. © 2014 MoMA PS1, New York. Photo: Charles Roussel

Sunday Sessions presents an afternoon of discussion and music surrounding feminist punk rock with artists who embrace visceral and engaged performance underlined by socio-political critique.

Priests (Washington D.C.) sprung from the nation’s political-punk capital with a demo tape in 2012. Their tense, riotous songs offer a wealth of critical commentary, whether on street harassment (Leave Me Alone), environmental anxiety (Radiation), or a ruthless look at American history (USA (Incantations)), and yet their primal rage is poised.

Priests are joined for this event by the band Downtown Boys (Providence) and a duo set from Allison Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride of Swearin (Philadelphia).

Olga Bell, a Moscow-born composer and member of the Dirty Projectors will open.

The artists join Jenn Pelly of Pitchfork to discuss the intersection of feminism, politics, and art within the context of their own narratives and music.


3:15 p.m. – Olga Bell

3:55 p.m. – Alilson Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride

4:30 p.m. – Discussion with Jenn Pelly

4:50 p.m. – Downtown Boys

5:30 p.m. – Priests

MoMA PS1’s acclaimed VW Sunday Sessions performance series welcomes visitors to experience and participate in live art. Since its founding in 1976, MoMA PS1 has offered audiences one of the most extensive programs of live performance in the world. VW Sunday Sessions highlights artists responding to contemporary social and political issues through a wide variety of creative and critical lenses. Encompassing performance, music, dance, conversation, and film, the series develops and presents projects by established and emerging artists, scholars, activists, and other cultural instigators. With a focus on artists that blur and break traditional genre boundaries, VW Sunday Sessions embraces the communities in New York City that create and sustain artistic practice.

Since 2012, VW Sunday Sessions has presented a commissioning program resulting in new work by Trajal Harrell, Mårten Spångberg, Anne Imhof, Tobias Madison and Matthew Lutz Kinoy, Hannah Black, and Colin Self. Additionally, the VW Dome Artist Residency offers a platform for creative development and experimentation for artists at all stages of the creative process.


Sunday Sessions is organized by Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator with Mike Skinner, Producer, Alex Sloane, Live Programming Coordinator and Rosey Selig-Addiss, Production Assistant.

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Sunday Sessions and the VW Dome at MoMA PS1 are made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America.

This performance is part of VW Sunday Sessions.