The Studio of Chad Kouri


The Studio of Chad Kouri

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Chad Kouri

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Freedom Principle Residency - Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Commissioned by The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, this group of drawings was developed during a four-month long residency I participated in as part of the exhibition The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now. Utilizing cues and techniques used by musicians during live music events that took place during the exhibition, these drawings are visual interpretations of improvisational performances meant to graphically record actions that are otherwise fleeting. 

View all the writing and photographs from this residency at the bottom of my artist page.

From the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago:

The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now links the vibrant legacy of the 1960s African American avant-garde to current art and culture. It is occasioned in part by the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), a still-flourishing organization of Chicago musicians whose interdisciplinary explorations expanded the boundaries of jazz. Alongside visual arts collectives such as the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA), the AACM was part of a deep engagement with black cultural nationalism both in Chicago and around the world during and after the civil rights era. Combining historical materials with contemporary responses, The Freedom Principle illuminates the continued relevance of that engagement today.