George E. Lewis
In the years following the civil rights movement, African American artists and musicians searched for new ways to contribute to the message of freedom and equality. In Chicago, the black avant-garde formed the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA) as a way to creatively highlight the communities facing racial and economic injustice. Wadsworth and Jae Jarrell, whose exhibition Heritage is on view November 21, 2017, to February 25, 2018, were among the founding members of AfriCOBRA in 1968. In this program, George Lewis, the AACM’s foremost chronicler and author of A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music, shares insights about the new music and art that emerged from Chicago between 1965 and 1975. A member of the AACM since 1971 and the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University, Lewis is known internationally for his groundbreaking work as a composer, musicologist, performer, and computer-interactive artist. His lecture includes imagery and musical examples that reference works in Heritage. Free; tickets required.