Earlier this year, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago) announced a local version of the installation piece in which Andrew Bird previously took part at New York City’s Guggenheim Museum. Per the MCA, “a collection of horned speakers, made from compressed recycled newsprint and dryer lint, [will be] installed in the MCA’s atrium to create a unique sound garden.”
The Sonic Arboretum includes two ticketed “experiences”, on December 21 and 22, at 7:30 PM each night. The experience runs for 75 minutes and the MCA would like to remind potential attendees that the “experience is not a traditional concert: Bird plays violin and manipulates the sounds while people move through the installation space.”
The installation as a whole runs from December 6th through the 31st and is included in the cost of admission to the MCA. Tickets are on sale now for the December 21/22 shows, for $35 each.
Below is a video from the Guggenheim performance; no telling whether or not the Chicago one will be at all similar.