FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the AACM

Black and white photograph showing members of the AACM in the early 1970s.

AACM Ensemble, Early 1970s

This year, Chicago is enjoying city-wide concert presentations to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). As part of these celebrations, from January 19 until September 6, 2015, the DuSable Museum of African American History is presenting an exhibition entitled FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Curated by Carol L. Adams and Janis Lane-Ewart and designed by Dorian Sylvain, “Free at First” features historic and iconic photographs, a musical soundscape extending from AACM founders to the organization’s latest generation of composer / performer, performance costumes, uniquely crafted awards of recognition, performance posters from around the globe, and a recreation of the famous Henry Threadgill “Hubkaphone.”

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