At the last event of MoMA PS1’s 2018 Warm Up series, there was a current of female empowerment running throughout. From the moment Lizzo stepped on stage, flanked by two dancers in thong unitards, singing the opening lyrics of her body-positive, life-affirming single "Fitness" - "Independent, athletic" - the packed crowd was absolutely under her spell. Her set included most of her other big singles like "Water Me," “Scuse Me,” and “Phone,” the latter of which echoed her on-stage rhetoric of "deleting that fuckboy’s number.: It was the perfect jolt of energy to shake off the exhaustion brought on by the unwavering late-summer sun.
Yaeji, compared to previous performances (such as her Elsewhere set earlier this year), played the role of DJ more heavily than that of a performer. She began behind the DJ booth, where she played some chilled out house and techno cuts, and even picked up the mic for her cover of Mall Grab’s "Guap," before taking the stage for her thumping, bass-heavy single "Raingurl." Before her set was over, she brought out a cavalcade of Brooklyn’s most fabulous drag queens, including HaraJuku, West Dakota, Alika, and Dynasty. It added an extra layer of performative femininity to Yaeji's otherwise more low-key set, and kept the energy up for the last set of the summer, DJ sets from Discwoman’s Serena Jara and Riobamba.
The all-female DJ collective Discwoman felt like an apt closer to the MoMA PS1 season - equal parts performance and party. Featuring vocals from Maya Mones, the set included hardcore techno, rap, and all-out gabber rave music. It was a chaotic and colorful (thanks to light up balloons) end to another packed season of Warm Up.
Logan Takahashi of Teengirl Fantasy and AceMo performed earlier in the afternoon; check out pictures of the whole day in the gallery above.
photos by Ryan Muir for MoMA PS1