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Join us for artsmart, an intimate evening event geared toward young professionals interested in learning more about contemporary art. Enjoy a private tour of The Freedom Principle[](http://www2.mcachicago.org/exhibition/the-freedom-principle-experiments-in-art-and-music-1965-to-now/) with Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator Naomi Beckwith, followed by a night of jazz with the band the Headlands, drinks, and hors d'oeuvres in the café.

artsmart chairs: Amanda Fraerman, Jack Lubeznik, and Christina Ochs

artsmart committee: Jennifer Aubry, Cayetana Calderon, Carley Champlin, Torie Conn, Andrew Fraerman, Jordan Goodman, Jason Guo, Katherine Lampert, Lesley Pickering, Oliver Plotkin, Diana Rdzanek, Alison Schaffer, Michael Stone, and McKenzie Thompson


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, both locally and globally. 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 who dramatically expanded the boundaries of jazz. The exhibition combines historical materials with contemporary artistic responses to reveal a powerful ongoing conversation about experimentation, collective action, improvisation, and the search for freedom.


artsmart is made possible with support from the MCA Women’s Board.

Seven human figures with brass instrument heads are entirely covered in a shiny silver sequined fabric that connects each of them.

Nick Cave, Speak Louder, 2011. Mixed media including black mother-of-pearl buttons, embroidery floss, upholstery, metal armature, and mannequins; installed: 93 1/2 x 199 x 123 in. (237.5 x 505.5 x 312.4 cm)

Photo: James Prinz Photography Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery