There’s a Happening Tonight at the Hirshhorn

Tonight, the Hirshhorn’s nightly 360-degree projection, SONG 1, comes alive with an outdoor concert

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If you haven’t yet seen Doug Aitken’s SONG 1, the nightly spectacle projected on the Hirshhorn‘s outside walls, tonight might be the right time to swing by. For one night only, the museum is shutting off the speakers and replacing the normal soundtrack with a special live concert called “SONG 1: A Happening.” Against the backdrop of the 360-film loop, the bands Geologist, High Places, No Age, duo Tim McAfee Lewis and Leo Gallo, sound collagist Oneohtrix Point Never, and minimalist composer Nicolas Jaar, all covering the Flamingos’ song “I Only Have Eyes For You.” Tickets are $25 here.

If you feel like doing some pre-concert homework, Aitken himself will be holding a free symposium at noon and 3 p.m. with several art and music experts, including Sasha Frere-Jones, Geeta Dayal, Dean Kuipers, Zabet Patterson, and Aaron Betsky.

Can’t make it tonight? The project, originally meant to conclude tomorrow, has been extended to May 20.

Watch how artist Doug Aitken transforms the outside of the art museum into a panoramic movie screen. (Still Image: Postdlf via Wikicommons)
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Aviva Shen is a reporter/blogger for ThinkProgress. Before joining CAP, Aviva interned and wrote for Smithsonian magazine, Salon, and New York.

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