OPTION is a weekly music salon curated by Chicago musicians Andrew Clinkman, Tim Daisy, and Ken Vandermark. Its programming explores contemporary perspectives on improvisation and composition in a ‘salon’ format, enabling local, national, and international artists to publicly discuss their practice and ideas as well as perform.
This program will include a short introduction to history of Black Mountain College and BMCM+AC, as well as a preview of the exhibition I AM A CITIZEN OF THE WORLD (April 9 – August 14). Presented by BMCM+AC staff members Jeff Arnal (Executive Director), Alice Sebrell (Program Director), and Kate Averett (Outreach Manager).
The event culminated with a collaborative music performance with visuals by composer Tyondai Braxton and artist Grace Villamil. In addition to their collaborative and solo works, recognized internationally, Braxton and Villamil were featured artists in the BMCM+AC exhibition Between Form and Content: Perspective on Jacob Lawrence and Black Mountain College, creating the immersive installation search for function (2018).
A live Q&A followed with Braxton, Villamil, and Jeff Arnal, highlighting BMCM+AC continuing collaborations with contemporary artists.