Pitchfork and the Art Institute of Chicago have announced a new event titled Midwinter. It takes place on February 15-17, and features more than 30 artists performing at the museum, along with ambient installations “inspired by and responding to the iconic works at the Art Institute.” The Midwinter lineup includes Slowdive, Kamasi Washington, Oneohtrix Point Never, Zola Jesus, Perfume Genius, Yves Tumor, Mykki Blanco, Mount Eerie, Tortoise (making a 21st anniversary TNT performance), Deerhunter, Grouper, Jlin, Laurie Anderson, Joey Purp, Sudan Archives, Weyes Blood, JPEGMAFIA, Hiss Golden Messenger and more. The gallery soundscapes are created by Nico Muhly, Tashi Wada and Julia Holter, Stars of the Lid, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and others.
Festival director Adam Krefman says in a statement, “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. This February, 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.”
Tickets go on sale Friday.