MoMA Mixtape: Laura Lee Comes Back to Herself
The Khruangbin bassist takes you on a sonic journey through time and space with a playlist inspired by works on view at MoMA.
Feb 28, 2023
After spending a year and a half touring and then a month and a half decompressing, a venture into the city for a day at MoMA was just what I needed to come back to myself and feel at home again. My intention for this next year off the road is to embrace being an observer, and this was the perfect opportunity to dig into that feeling. This playlist was inspired by the artworks that struck me most during my visit.
ShadowMachine’s Carnival Stage Set + Zohar Argov’s “עת דודים כלה”
I immediately thought of this song when I saw this set. This song paints the best parts of a carnival—the dramatic entrance, the coy beginnings, the dance—then goes into a full-blown circus fiesta. This song immediately transports, as does this immaculate set. And my favorite art—whether visual or sonic—is art that takes me somewhere.
ShadowMachine. Carnival Stage Set. On view in Guillermo del Toro: Crafting Pinocchio
George Mingo’s Zebra Couple + Irma Thomas’s “Ruler of My Heart” (Soul Queen of New Orleans album version)
Left and right: Laura Lee in the Just Above Midtown: Changing Spaces exhibition at MoMA; Center: George Mingo. Zebra Couple. 1983
The colors and playfulness of this family portrayal remind me of New Orleans, and so I chose a song by the Soul Queen of New Orleans, Irma Thomas. It feels powerful with a touch of longing, just like this painting does to me. When it was first shown, this painting was the only piece in color in an entirely black-and-white exhibition. I like to imagine that it was the final piece, with this song serving as the outro music.
Ming Smith and the Energy of Jazz
The artist takes us on a journey through jazz and blues that inspired the photographs in her new exhibition.
Ming Smith, Habiba Hopson, Kaitlin Booher
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