Kanye West took to the stage at the ‘Party in the Garden’ event for the Museum of Modern Art last night, May 10. Kanye had about an hour to perform some of the hits from his albums. In typical Ye’ style, he put on an impressive show and took his performance at the MoMA just as serious as he would for any other bigger show or venue. Jon Caramanica of The New York Times was in attendance and wrote an interesting review about Kanye’s performance:
When he arrived on stage, Mr. West was almost certainly the most underdressed person in the room, in a gray hooded sweatshirt, white T-shirt, light blue jeans and black sneakers. And he began the night defiantly, with a harsh cover of Stevie Wonder’s “They Won’t Go When I Go.” Sung awkwardly but purposefully, it set the tone for the rest of the night. Freed from the emotional restrictions of a major arena show, where joy has to abound, or at least appear with some frequency, he took the opportunity to stew here, emphasizing the more abrasive and gruffer sides of his catalog: “Hell of a Life,” “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” the melancholy “Flashing Lights.” (In this context, the grotesque “Monster” qualified as exultant.)
Kanye even brought out his mentor and frequent collaborator Jay-Z for “H.A.M.” Check below for more pictures from Mr. West’s performance at the MoMA.