It may be cold outside come February, but it’s gonna be hot, hot, hot inside the Art Institute of Chicago.
Pitchfork and The Art Institute of Chicago this week announced Midwinter, a collaborative celebration combining musical performances with iconic works of art, planned for Feb. 15-17 at the museum (111 S. Michigan).
More than 30 musical groups, produced by Pitchfork, will be performing live amid some of the world’s greatest works of art. Among the performers slated to participate in the three-night event are JPEGMAFIA, Joey Purp, Madison McFerrin, Mary Latimore, Daniel Bachman, and Haley Fohr (of Circuit des Yeux).
Recordings of original compositions by Nico Muhly, Stars of the Lid and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, inspired by various works of art, will be played around the museum. Tortoise is scheduled to make a special appearance to commemorate the 21st anniversary of its album “TNT.”
Additionally, there will be select performances in the Art Institute’s Griffin Court, Rubloff Auditorium, Stock Exchange room and Fullerton Hall by Kamasi Washington, Oneohtrix Point Never, Slowdive, Panda Bear, Laurie Anderson, DJ Koze, William Basinski with the Chicago Philharmonic, Perfume Genius, Deerhunter, Mykki Blanco, Mount Eerie and Grouper. (Ticket add-on fee required.)
“Midwinter is an ambitious new concept, and with it we’re intentionally trying to push the boundaries of live music. Placing forward-thinking musicians in the context of the Art Institute, we’re opening a dialogue between mediums, and creating a unique cultural event,” said Pitchfork festival director Adam Krefman, via statement. “You’ll be able to look at a Monet while listening to original music from Nico Muhly; Laurie Anderson will occupy the same space as Georgia O’Keeffe, while the glitch-rap of JPEGMAFIA is playing in another wing of the museum. I can’t think of another event quite like it and we are excited to bring it to life in Chicago.”
Midwinter tickets, which start at $50 (single day/general admission), are on sale at midwinter.pitchfork.com. The tickets include access to the museum, select music performances, gallery soundscapes and live recordings of Pitchfork Radio. Three-night base ticket is $127.50. Ticket add-ons start at $15.
The lineup currently features:
Oneohtrix Point Never
William Basinski (“The Disintegration Loops” with the Chicago Philharmonic and “On Time Out of Time”)
Hiss Golden Messenger
Haley Fohr (of Circuit des Yeux)