The Freedom Principle

Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now

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  • Wadsworth Jarrell

    Revolutionary, 1972

    Courtesy the artist

  • Wadsworth Jarrell

    New Orleans–style group photo in painter Wadsworth Jarrell’s backyard, c. 1968

    Courtesy of George Lewis

  • Jeff Donaldson

    Jampact and Jelly Tite (For Jamila), 1988

    Photo: Mark Gulezian, Quicksilver Photographers

Coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now connects the vibrant legacy of jazz and experimental music of the 1960s—particularly within the African-American arts scene on the South Side of Chicago—to its influence on contemporary culture. The Freedom Principle combines historic materials with contemporary artistic responses to the rich heritage of the 1960s black avant-garde, which created a distinctive new language that blurred the boundaries between art, music and design. Curated by MCA curator (and Studio Museum alumna) Naomi Beckwith and Dieter Roelstraete, the exhibition will feature works from AACM founder Muhal Richard Abrams, AfriCOBRA cofounders Jeff Donaldson and Wadsworth Jarrell, along with contemporary artists such as our friends Nick Cave and Rashid Johnson. Don’t miss this show!