In May, the Hirshhorn will hit mute on the marquee indie-rock soundtrack accompanying Doug Aitken‘s monumental “Song 1” installation, and replace it with…a marquee indie-rock concert. A four-hour “happening” on May 11—-co-sponsored by Pitchfork and Wired magazine—-will feature live outdoor performances by No Age, High Places, and “a slew of others,” according to the Hirshhorn’s Jenny Leehey. The rest of the lineup should be announced next week.
Admission to the Hirshhorn After Hours event is $25, and it sounds like they’ll set up near the Roy Lichtenstein sculpture north of the Gordon Bunshaft-designed museum, whose curved facade is currently serving as the projection screen for Aitken’s video work. And although a ticketed event means the Hirshhorn will close off that area to the nonpaying public, you should still be able to hear the concert and see the video art it’s soundtracking for free, if you stand nearby.
Also at the Hirshhorn on May 11: a free symposium on “Art in the Expanded Field.”
Bonus: Pitchfork is streaming several of the versions of “I Only Have Eyes for You” featured in “Song 1″—-including covers by Beck, No Age, Tim McAfee, Devendra Banhart, Lucky Dragons, High Places, and Koen Holtkamp.
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