By: Diane Granahan
In honor of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians' 50th year anniversary, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago has recently opened a new exhibit, “The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now”, titled after the historic book written by jazz critic John Litweiler. The show connects the dots between the vibrant history of African American avant-garde during the 1960s to art and culture of today. The AACM is an internationally renowned collective, still flourishing today, of visionary musicians and artists who expanded their boundaries engaging in not only visual arts but also black cultural nationalism during and after the civil rights era. The show examines this kaleidoscopic history with listening stations and archival materials such as paintings, posters, album covers, while also addressing the Black Arts Movement in Chicago during the 60s and 70s, including collectives such as OBAC and AfriCOBRA. A highly recommended show that documents the rich legacy of black art in Chicago.
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