Nov 19th 2021

Record Release Party for Ben LaMar Gay’s “Open Arms to Open Us” album with cover art by Ayana Moor

The Cleve Carney Museum of Art (CCMA) partners with 606 Records (1808 S. Allport St.) to hold a special event celebrating the release by International Anthem/Nonsuch of Ben LaMar Gay’s new album, “Open Arms to Open Us,” featuring cover design by Chicago artist Ayanah Moor. This free public event will take place Friday, Nov. 19, 5 – 7 p.m.

The “Open Arms to Open Us” album, released that day, will be available for purchase that evening as well as a limited-edition bag designed by Moor. The evening will also feature a live DJ and light refreshments. Both Moor and Gay will be present. Masks are required and capacity is limited. For more information visit

Gay is a composer and cornetist who moves sound, color, and space through folkloric filters to produce electro-acoustic collages. His unification of various styles is always in service of the narrative and never solely a display of technique. A Chicago native, Gay’s true technique is giving life to an idea while exploring and expanding on the term “Americana.”

Moor lives and works in Chicago. Through her paintings, prints, drawings and performance, Moor operates within a visual field where notions of Blackness and gender identity take shape. Her work engages subversive and demonstrative displays of blackness that locate love, fear, myth, and desire. In 2022 she will have her first major exhibition of paintings, “I Wish I Could Be You More Often (Feb. 10-April 10),” at the Cleve Carney Museum of Art located at 425 Fawell Blvd. on the campus of College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill. For more information visit

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