Warm Up, MoMA PS1’s vibrant annual music series, has become a staple of New York City summers. The series features a curated program that explores a vast range of experimental music, live bands, and DJs. Each Warm Up Saturday is filled with the same rogue, adventurous spirit that characterizes the series as a whole—while one day might be spent exploring the intricacies of a sub-genre or style, another will juxtapose an up-and-coming live performer with a veteran old-school DJ, allowing each artist to push their own musical boundaries.
The series is curated by an invaluable team culled from various realms within the music industry: Dean Bein, head of True Panther Sounds; Jonathan Galkin, cofounder of DFA Records; Eliza Ryan; Brandon Stosuy, Senior Editor at Pitchfork; Imogene Strauss, of Cool Managers; and Matt Werth, label head at RVNG Intl.
Hosted within MoMA PS1’s vast, enclosed courtyard, Warm Up is set against the Young Architects Program installation. This year’s project, by New York–based firm The Living, is entitled Hy-Fi. Constructed from bricks made of 100% organic material, Hy-Fi’s towers curve around one another as they ascend towards the sky, providing visitors with shade and a glimpse of how dynamic eco-conscious architecture can be.
Warm Up will also continue its tradition of working with New York–based design firms to create stage sets inspired by the summery, celebratory vibes of the series. New this year, Warm Up is partnering with ARTBOOK @ MoMA PS1 to present a Weekend Shop in the MoMA PS1 Print Shop storefront at 22-01 Jackson Avenue, just around the corner from the museum entrance. The shop features design objects by the Warm Up stage designers and music by Warm Up performers.
Warm Up sets itself apart from other summer series through its fusion of experimental music and art. Each Saturday reveals the interplay between genres and practices, bringing the audience to the cutting edge of music, art, and design. While some performers are revered in their genres, others are just being discovered and talked about. The first Saturday of the 2014 season—this Saturday, June 28—is a perfect example of this sonic collaboration between veteran performers and up-and-coming artists.
Starting the day will be Mumdance, a producer from the U.K. who’s one of the key figures in the resurgence of grime. His new EP Take Time was just released and we can expect to hear some of his not-so-classic 909 drum machine sounds. DJ Spoko will follow, keeping people moving with Bacardi House—a subgenre of staccato snares, distorted synths, and elements of kwaito that he developed in South Africa. In a different vein, Pantha du Prince follows with his minimal electronic compositions. As the sun sets, we’ll hear Dimitri from Paris, a disco legend who’s been spinning for over 30 years. Closing out the night will be A/JUS/TED, a project from veterans Justin Strauss and Teddy Stuart. Both have over a decade of experience, which makes their deep house so timeless.
With so many varieties of music, Warm Up’s opening day is not to be missed! For more information and tickets, please visit MoMAPS1.org/warmup.