Tuesday, September 22, 2015

In Chitown consider

The Freedom Principle at the MCA. It is up through November 22, and is the satellite show to the Luminary's The Marvelous Is Free.

The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now links the vibrant legacy of the 1960s African American avant-garde to current art and culture. It is occasioned in part by the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), a still-flourishing organization of Chicago musicians whose interdisciplinary explorations expanded the boundaries of jazz. Alongside visual arts collectives such as the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA), the AACM was part of a deep engagement with black cultural nationalism both in Chicago and around the world during and after the civil rights era. Combining historical materials with contemporary responses, The Freedom Principle illuminates the continued relevance of that engagement today.

More ad language, but I will make it to this in the next few weeks. I had the immeasurable pleasure of attending a slew of AACM shows in the early nineties when I first lived in Chicago. The truth is I am no reviewer or critic, so when I do go, all you will get is an anemic summation of my formless thoughts. That's cool, right?
I'll include soem pictures of clouds from the day, as well.

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