Art Institute of Chicago announces Midwinter

Art Institute of Chicago announces Midwinter, the festival happens February 15-17 in Chicago, with Kamasi Washington, Slowdive, Panda Bear, and many more
Art Institute of Chicago announces Midwinter

The Art Institute of Chicago and Pitchfork have announced Midwinter, an all new music and art experience taking place February 15-17 in Chicago. The three-day event will bring together musical performances with iconic works of art. 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.

“The Art Institute has collaborated 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 Never, Slowdive, Panda Bear, Laurie Anderson, DJ Koze, Tortoise (TNT 21st Anniversary Performance), William Basinski (The Disintegration Loops with the Chicago Philharmonic and On Time Out of Time), Perfume Genius, Deerhunter, Zola Jesus, Joey Purp, Mykki Blanco, Mount Eerie, Grouper, Jlin, Yves Tumor, Weyes Blood, Hiss Golden Messenger, serpentwithfeet, JPEGMAFIA, Sudan Archives, Madison McFerrin, Mary Lattimore, Daniel Bachman, Haley Fohr (of Circuit des Yeux), Marisa Anderson, Smerz 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.


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

Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 16 at 10am CT at


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