September 12, 2016 - Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania (ICA) - The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now
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September 12, 2016

Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania (ICA)

Muhal Richard Abrams, View From Within, 1985. Collage and acrylic on canvas, 17 3/4 x 25 1/2 inches. Photo: Gavin Ashworth. © MCA Chicago.

The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now
September 14, 2016–March 19, 2017

Opening: September 14, 6:30–9pm
Curators' conversation : October 26, 6:30–8pm, with Naomi Beckwith, Anthony Elms, and Dieter Roelstraete
Conversation between Charles Gaines and Fred Moten: December 4, 4–6pm

Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania (ICA)
118 S. 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
USA

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The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to present The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now. This large-scale group exhibition links the vibrant legacy of avant-garde jazz and experimental music of the late 1960s (particularly within the African American arts scene on the South Side of Chicago) and its continuing influence on contemporary art and culture today. The exhibition will occupy the entire museum and will be on view from September 14, 2016 through March 19, 2017.

Artists include:
​Muhal Richard Abrams / Terry Adkins / Lisa Alvarado / Ayé Aton / Sanford Biggers / Anthony Braxton / Emilio Cruz / Jamal Cyrus / Lauren Deutsch / Jeff Donaldson / Stan Douglas / Douglas R. Ewart with George Lewis and Douglas Repetto / Charles Gaines / Renée Green / David Hammons / Jae Jarrell / Wadsworth Jarrell / Rashid Johnson / Jennie C. Jones / Leonard E. Jones / Barbara Jones-Hogu / Glenn Ligon / Matthew Metzger / Roscoe Mitchell / Pope.L / Lili Reynaud-Dewar / Matana Roberts / Anri Sala / Robert Abbott Sengstacke / Cauleen Smith / Wadada Leo Smith / Nelson Stevens / Catherine Sullivan with Charles Gaines, Sean Griffin, and George Lewis / Gerald Williams / Jose Williams 

The Freedom Principle is presented in tandem with Endless Shout, a six-month, multi-artist performance project exploring collectivity and improvisation. Six lead participants—Raúl de Nieves, Danielle Goldman, George Lewis, Fred Moten, The Otolith Group, and taisha paggett—will oversee an unfolding series of performances and encounters within ICA’s exhibition spaces.

The exhibition is organized by Naomi Beckwith, Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator, and Dieter Roelstraete, Curator, Documenta 14 and former Manilow Senior Curator, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Organized at ICA by Chief Curator Anthony Elms. Accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.

The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now is organized by Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Lead support for the exhibition is provided by Cari and Michael Sacks. Additional generous support is provided by the Pamela Alper Curatorial Fund, Dr. Anita Blanchard and Martin H. Nesbitt, Lester N. Coney and Mesirow Financial, Anne and Don Edwards, Denise and Gary Gardner, Vicki and Bill Hood, Jeanne and Kevin Poorman, Linda Johnson Rice, and Desirée Rogers.

Support for The Freedom Principle at ICA has been provided by Nancy & Leonard Amoroso, Candy & Michael Barasch, Pamela & David Berkman, Julie & Larry Bernstein, Larry & Marilyn Fields, Carol & John Finley, Cheri & Steven Friedman, Carolyn Oakley Lowe & Winston I. Lowe, Marjorie & Michael Levine, Toby Devan Lewis, Christina Weiss Lurie, Amanda & Andrew Megibow, Midge & Simon Palley, Norma & Lawrence Reichlin, Patricia & Howard Silverstein, Bryan & Meredith Verona, and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects.

Major support for Endless Shout has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

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