The 50th anniversary of the musical and artistic contributions of the AACM are being celebrated across Chicago, from the DuSable Museum's Free at First to The Freedom Principle, and, as of this weekend, at the Renaissance Society.
Trumpeter, composer, educator, and visual artist Wadada Leo Smith was a key member and an active participant in the AACM during the 1960s and 1970s. His four-panel work Multi America is featured in The Freedom Principle, and on Sunday, October 11, from 4–7 pm, the Renaissance Society opens an exhibition of his scores, Ankhrasmation: The Language Scores, 1967–2015,as part of their centennial celebration program. Schedule a return visit for an October 24 panel with Smith, curator Hamza Walker, and gallerist and jazz expert John Corbett; as well as an October 25 performance by Smith with live visuals by Jesse Gilbert. Both events are free.