The Freedom Principle Opening Day

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The MCA celebrated the opening of The Freedom Principle in a way that we thought would honor the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians’ (AACM) spirit of collectivity and experimentation: with a day of free admission for Illinois residents and free musical performances showcasing the AACM’s legacy. We were thrilled that almost 2,000 visitors packed the museum, and we’ve gathered some of our highlights from the opening day events in a roughly chronological order.

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Museum visitors gather to watch Natural Information Society play

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Visitors look at Lili Reynaud-Dewars's installation

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A look over Kouri's shoulder at what he's creating during the performance. Keep following MCA DNA to see these drawings

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Cocurator of The Freedom Principle Dieter Roelstraete converses with artist and musician Lisa Alvarado whose work acts as a backdrop for the day and is also on display in the exhibition

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Visitors look at Lili Reynaud-Dewars's installation

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An array of artworks by Muhal Richard Abrams captures visitors' attention

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Visitors watched performances and galleries were full right up to closing time at 7 pm

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Museum visitors gather to watch Natural Information Society play

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Later in the afternoon, cellist and composer Tomeka Reid and double bassist Silvia Bolognes performed music based on two graphic scores by artist Anthony Braxton. At far left Chad Kouri contemplates a new kind of surface to work on

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As Tomeka Reid and Silvia Bolognes make music based on art, Chad Kouri translates the music back into a new artwork, drawing in washable ink on our windows as the musicians play

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A close-up of artist Chad Kouri at work

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Another performance view of cellist and composer Tomeka Reid and double bassist Silvia Bolognes

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Museum visitors gather to watch Natural Information Society play

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As rain started to fall outside, Mike Reed's People, Places & Things closed out the day inside

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Visitors watched performances and galleries were full right up to closing time at 7 pm

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