p.s.1 contemporary art center

This summer’s #WarmUp2017 kicks off Saturday at MoMA PS1!

But how did it all start? To celebrate its 20th season, series curators Eliza Ryan and Imogene Strauss sat down with P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center (now MoMA PS1) founder Alanna Heiss and MoMA PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach to find out for Creative New York. Head to nyc.moma.org for the complete interview plus video and images of Warm Up throughout the years.

[Warm Up 1998. Image courtesy of MoMA PS1]

Lafawndah is an Iranian-Egyptian singer and producer. Currently based in New York, she draws on her eclectic experiences to create a unique, futuristic take on global electronica. She recorded her debut self-titled EP, which features contributions from Portuguese producer Garagem Banda, in the Guadeloupe studio of zouk veteran Jean Clauda Bichara. In a nod to Grace Jones, the result is what she calls “island life music”—a sensual synthesis of industrial and drone, with tropical flourishes and an ‘80s-inspired sheen.

Lafawndah will perform with Nick Weiss at Step and Repeat. Weiss is a co-producer of her forthcoming full-length album, and a member of club duo Teengirl Fantasy. “U Touch Me,” taken from the band’s Thermal EP, was presented as a music video on MOCAtv in 2014. 

The performance will be accompanied by visuals created in collaboration with artist collective Yemenwed. Yemenwed  was founded in 2006 in New York City and has exhibited internationally at venues including MOMA P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Tate Modern, MOCA, Palais de Tokyo, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art TBA:10, Performa 09 and the Hessel Museum of Art.