Musical acts for the 2014 series feature an array of vibrant, creative women who are making their mark on today’s music scene. Veterans and up-and-coming artists perform a range of musical styles, including dream and synth pop, alt-folk, surf rock, neo-soul, and pop punk.
Tonight's Musical Performance: Ex Hex
Mary Timony, vocals, guitar; Betsy Wright vocals; bass, Laura Harris, drum
Ex Hex is what your older brother’s friends listened to: “Roxy Roller” and “Virginia Plain” rumbling from the Kenwood in the basement. The pop-punk power trio hails from Washington, D.C., and is led by veteran rocker Mary Timony (formerly of Helium and Wild Flag). The three songs on Hot and Cold, the band’s debut EP (Merge Records), were recorded in Timony’s basement over the course of two days in July 2013. As a writer for Time Out New York noted, “Timony is a bona fide underground-rock hero. . . . The trio hammers out playful tunes that are catchy as heck—glammy, surf-splashed, and enhanced with an FM-radio classic-rock edge.” A spring tour included SXSW in March; a much-anticipated full-length album is slated for release later this year.
Set begins at 6:30 p.m. Regular Museum admission applies. Performances take place in the Sculpture Garden. In the event of rain, the Garden will close, and music will take place in Theater 1. Please note: Sculpture Garden and indoor seating are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
Music played a key role in Bruce Conner’s oeuvre. Throughout his career, he collaborated with composers and scored his films with popular and experimental music. In the late 1960s Conner improvised light shows for live musical performances and during the late 1970s he avidly documented the San Francisco punk rock scene through photographs. Conner incorporated sound into installations and even sculptural assemblages, one of which featured playback from a concealed tape recorder. MoMA’s 2016 Summer Thursdays series kicks off with a performance of longtime Conner collaborator Terry Riley’s iconic composition In C (1964)—the score to Conner’s final moving-image work, Easter Morning (2008)—by an orchestra of raga musicians. The following weeks feature acts that embody the unconventional spirit of the artist and his work, in musical genres ranging from indie rock to neo-psych to pop punk to experimental electronic music.
Snacks and beverages in the Sculpture Garden
The Garden Bar offers drinks and snacks at the northeast corner of the Sculpture Garden. The menu of homemade snacks includes specialty hot dogs, soft pretzels, and baguette sandwiches, along with a selection of wines, craft-beers, and cocktails. In the event of rain, bar will be closed.
Terrace dining (rain or shine)
Terrace 5 is located on the fifth floor, with views overlooking the Sculpture Garden. Chef Dan Jackson’s menu features contemporary American cuisine with a focus on light, seasonal plates.