This week launched a special and long awaited exhibit, Move Your Body: The Evolution of House Music presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events at the Cultural Center located at 78 E. Washington St. on the second floor. A special reception was held in Gar Hall where various DJs spun old and new house music featuring DJ Lora Branch, Vic Lavender and Terry Hunter with industry tastemakers in attendance. The exhibit was curated and led by Rob McKay along with the DCASE music programming team.

Celebrating more than 30 years of a homegrown art form that is now heard around the world, this exhibition traces the history of House Music as it developed in Chicago post “Disco Demolition” through the impact it continues to have on global electronic dance music.  Memorabilia, timelines and first-hand interviews tell the stories of some of the genre’s originators and the cultural and socio-economic influences of the times.The exhibit is free to the public and will run from May 21 – August 16, 2015.

Exhibition Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1435631126741666

The exhibition officially kicks off May 22 from 6pm-9pm with a special live outdoor event, The House Legacy Project at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.

There will be a live commissioned performance led by Jerry C. King and Joe Smooth, featuring Makaya McCraven on drums, Junius Paul on bass, Jeff Parker on guitar, Joe Rendon on percussion, Corey Wilkes on trumpet, Carla Prather and Kim Jay on vocals, and Jerry C. King with Steve Miggedy Maestro on keys, hosted by “The King Of House” Farley Jackmaster Funk, with special guest appearances and DJ set by “The Grand High Priest” Craig Loftis.

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