As we bid goodbye to July, it may seem as if everyone else has already packed up and headed to the beach. For those stuck in the city, never fear! MoMA is an oasis in the heart of Midtown. Spend an afternoon with a good book in the Sculpture Garden, meet a friend for a classic film after work, or stay cool in the galleries and finally see the exhibitions you’ve been hearing about. While you’re here don’t miss these programs:
• Join us on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. for a pop-up Stratocaster Session in the exhibition Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye.Come see a MoMA staff member play a recently acquired 1957 Fender Stratocaster guitar and 1959 Bassman amp live in the gallery.
• On Wednesday, MoMA’s drop-in Agora series in the Sculpture Garden tackles the subject of populism with the question Who Is Art For?
• MoMA Nights continues on Thursday with vocalist Shenel Jones, performing as a quintet with Zaccai Curtis (piano), Corcoran Holt (bass), and Kush Abadey (drums). The Museum galleries also stay open until 8:00 p.m., with live music in the Sculpture Garden beginning at 6:30 p.m.
• As our Technicolor film survey continues, this week shines a spotlight on the world of cartoons. On Friday there’s a trio of programs including animated shorts from 1930–1954 selected by Pixar’s Ralph Eggleston, Disney cartoon shorts, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs—the latter two introduced by the Director of Library Restoration and Preservation for The Walt Disney Studios. On Saturday, historian and author John Canemaker presents a lecture exploring the mechanical and optical feats used by Disney, along with a screening of Fantasia.
• The weekend party of the summer continues on Saturday with Warm Up at MoMA PS1, featuring sets by Tiga, Bob Moses, Gavin Russom, Jaakko Eino Kalevi, and Frank & Tony.