George E. Lewis
  • George E. Lewis

AfriCOBRA & AACM: Experiments in Art and Music


George E. Lewis

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 3:00pm
Gartner Auditorium

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, will share insights about the new music and art that emerged from Chicago between 1965–1975. 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 will include imagery and musical examples that reference works included in Heritage. Free, tickets required.