Pitchfork & The Art Institute of Chicago Announced Midwinter Festival

Pitchfork and The Art Institute of Chicago today announce Midwinter, an all new music and art experience taking place February 15-17 in Chicago. The three-day event will bring together thought-provoking musical performances with iconic works of art. A truly elevated experience, it will feature more than 30 musical acts, produced by Pitchfork, performing amid masterpieces from the Art Institute’s wide-ranging collection. Select performances will also include original music productions inspired by art in the museum.

“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. “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.”

“The Art Institute is thrilled to collaborate with Pitchfork on the development and presentation of a new, unprecedented art and music experience,” said Jacqueline Terrassa, Women’s Board Chair of Learning and Public Engagement. “Midwinter expands the possibilities of what audiences can experience at an art museum, and—uniquely—at the Art Institute. Like so many works of art in our galleries, which both drew from and upturned traditions when they were first made, Midwinter foregrounds creative practice as visionary, highly interdisciplinary, and genre-defying.”

The Midwinter lineup features Kamasi Washington, Oneohtrix Point NeverSlowdivePanda BearLaurie AndersonDJ KozeTortoise (TNT 21st Anniversary Performance)William Basinski (The Disintegration Loops with the Chicago Philharmonic and On Time Out of Time), Perfume GeniusDeerhunterZola JesusJoey PurpMykki BlancoMount Eerie,GrouperJlinYves TumorWeyes BloodHiss Golden Messengerserpentwithfeet,JPEGMAFIA, Sudan ArchivesMadison McFerrinMary LattimoreDaniel BachmanHaley Fohr (of Circuit des Yeux)Marisa AndersonSmerz and Baba Stiltz.

In addition to live performances, Midwinter will feature original pre-recorded compositions, unearthed recordings, and soundscapes from Nico Muhly, Tashi Wada & Julia Holter, Stars of the Lid, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Midori Takada, Visible Cloaks, Helado Negro and Ilyas Ahmed. These pieces of music will be inspired by and respond to iconic pieces in the museum’s collection.

Pitchfork Radio will also broadcast live from Midwinter. Attendees can sit in on artist interviews, enjoy intimate performances, and listen to deep cuts from rare vinyl collections and playlists curated by Pitchfork editors.

Tickets for Midwinter start at $50 per day for a single night general admission ticket, which includes access to The Art Institute of Chicago’s collection, select musical performances, gallery soundscapes, and live recordings of Pitchfork Radio. Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase tickets for special add-on performances starting at $15. A three-night weekend base ticket will be $127.50.  Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 16 at 10am CT athttp://midwinter.pitchfork.com/.

For more information on Midwinter, including lineup schedules, event news, and the latest updates, visit http://midwinter.pitchfork.com/, and follow @pitchfork @pitchforkfest#MidwinterChicago.

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The full line-up for Midwinter is below.

Performing Nightly
Madison McFerrin
Mary Lattimore
Daniel Bachman
Haley Fohr of Circuit des Yeux
Marisa Anderson 

Friday, February 15
DJ Koze with opener Baba Stiltz
William Basinski – The Disintegration Loops with the Chicago Philharmonic
Mount Eerie
Mykki Blanco
Yves Tumor
Sudan Archives

Saturday, February 16
Kamasi Washington
Panda Bear
Tortoise – TNT 21st Anniversary Performance
William Basinski – On Time Out Of Time

Sunday, February 17
Oneohtrix Point Never
Laurie Anderson
Perfume Genius
Zola Jesus with opener Smerz
Joey Purp

Hiss Golden Messenger
Weyes Blood



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