Your Summer Listening, Simplified

MoMA playlists provide hours of art-inspired music.
Jul 13, 2020

From artists’ musical inspirations to cinema soundtracks to the “alien” sounds of the avant-garde, MoMA playlists offer truly unique listening experiences. Below you’ll find a brief selection of some past favorites, and be sure to follow MoMA on Spotify so you don’t miss what comes next.

The Music of Miró

Joan Punyet Miró, the grandson of artist Joan Miró, developed a playlist pairing specific works in MoMA’s exhibition Joan Miró: Birth of the World with musical compositions beloved by his grandfather.

Joan Miró. Still Life with Old Shoe. 1937

Joan Miró. Still Life with Old Shoe. 1937

Songs selected by Joan Punyet Miró

Songs of Faith

Grace Matthews, Faith Ringgold’s longtime assistant, shared the artist’s playlist with us, featuring tunes that inspired Ringgold in her studio.

Songs that inspire the artist Faith Ringgold

Art Tunes

The inspiration door swings both ways: We compiled a playlist of songs about and inspired by other works of art.

Musicians draw inspiration from the visual arts

What Does Charles White Sound Like? A Playlist from Terrance McKnight

WQXR host Terrance McKnight worked with MoMA to develop a playlist for the exhibition Charles White: A Retrospective, featuring music, poetry, speeches, and more.

Charles White. Five Great American Negroes. 1939

Charles White. Five Great American Negroes. 1939

Terrance McKnight's playlist for Charles White: A Retrospective

Rosanne Cash, the River, and the Thread

The singer-songwriter shared some thoughts about weaving, making art, and writing music—and made us a playlist to accompany the exhibition Taking a Thread for a Walk.

“Love the Thread,” a playlist by Rosanne Cash

Edward and Eddie Ruscha

Representing two generations of artists, Edward Ruscha and his son Eddie Ruscha each shared some of their favorite tracks with us.

Edward Ruscha. Thick Blocks of Musical Fudge. 1976

Edward Ruscha. Thick Blocks of Musical Fudge. 1976

A playlist by Edward Ruscha
“Smoke Rings,” a playlist by Eddie Ruscha

Remembering Three Towering African Musicians

Curators reflect on the lives of Aurlus Mabele, Manu Dibango, and Tony Allen through their music and the songs they inspired.

Moke. Long Live Utex Africa. 1989

Moke. Long Live Utex Africa. 1989

An introduction to Aurlus Mabele
An introduction to Manu Dibango
An introduction to Tony Allen

Remember, you can always find our playlists by following MoMA on Spotify.