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Members’ Preview: The Freedom Principle


All MCA Members are invited to a special preview of The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now.

The Freedom Principle 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 {bio: (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.

9:30–10:30 am, Members’ Preview

Be among the first to view the MCA’s newest exhibition before it opens to the public. As a special benefit of your membership, please join us for complimentary breakfast fare and a cash bar in the café.

MCA Members, RSVP by July 5 for you and a guest by contacting 312-397-4040} or [email protected]. Additional guest tickets are available for $20 at the door.

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As a member, you play an important role in supporting living artists, new art, and new ideas. Members’ Previews are one of the ways we can show how much we appreciate your support—offering you opportunities to experience the work of cutting-edge artists before our exhibitions open to the public. Members’ Previews also provide a more intimate setting for you to connect with other MCA Members who are just as passionate and curious about contemporary art as you are.


Be the very first to view the exhibition while enjoying breakfast and mimosas. Join us on the fourth-floor Atrium for opening remarks by Naomi Beckwith, Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator.

8:30–9:30 am, Circle Preview

To RSVP to this exclusive preview, please call 312-799-3504 or email [email protected].

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Vibrant letters and words in shades of yellow, red, orange, and purple create the impression of a singing person

Wadsworth Jarrell, Revolutionary, 1972. Screenprint on paper; 34 x 26 1/2 in. (86.4 x 67.3 cm)

Courtesy of the artist