MoMA Announces Summer Music Series for 2018

Posted on June 4, 2018

The Museum of Modern Art announces its summer 2018 offerings in The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, including the line-ups of the annual live-music events Summergarden: New Music for New York and Summer Thursdays, as well as the installation If Everything Is Sculpture Why Make Sculpture? Artist’s Choice: Peter Fischli, on view beginning June 11. Fischli is the 13th artist to participate in the Artist’s Choice series—which was initiated in 1989 and invites contemporary artists to organize exhibitions drawn from MoMA’s collection—and is the first to stage a presentation in the Sculpture Garden. If Everything Is Sculpture Why Make Sculpture? Artist’s Choice: Peter Fischli is organized by Peter Fischli and Cara Manes, Assistant Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture.

Summergarden: New Music for New York and Summer Thursdays are also part of MoMA’s seasonal offerings. The annual Summergarden free concert series returns for four Sunday evenings beginning July 8. A tradition since 1971, Summergarden is part of the Museum’s long history of presenting contemporary classical music and jazz. The Museum once again welcomes the artistic collaboration of The Juilliard School and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Members of the New Juilliard Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Joel Sachs, perform on July 8 and 22, offering two distinctive programs of contemporary compositions that are receiving their New York premieres. Jazz at Lincoln Center has selected two jazz groups whose concerts on July 15 (Michael Rodriguez Quintet) and July 29 (Matthew Shipp Trio) emphasize original works. Each Jazz at Lincoln Center evening features one premiere.

Summer Thursdays, beginning on July 5, this year celebrates musicians living and working in New York City. Organized in collaboration with PopRally, a cross-departmental committee that programs events at the Museum and MoMA PS1, the series hosts a variety of sounds that explore the City’s expansive musical landscape. Each evening, unique sonic flavors fill the Sculpture Garden with a range of blended genres such as dream punk, Afrofuturist soul, funk fusion, hip-hop, experimental, and lo-fi baroque pop. The series begins on July 5 with Habibi, the Brooklyn-based quintet delivering infectious, punkish pop melodies influenced by Middle Eastern psych music, and closes on August 30 with Mutual Benefit, the sprawling chamber folk project of songwriter Jordan Lee.

MoMA Announces Summer Music Series for 2018

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