“As an art student,” says artist Nick Cave, “Detroit played a major role in my creative development.” He attended the Cranbrook Academy of Art on the outskirts of that city — graduating in 1989. While there, he took full advantage of the city’s incredible cultural heritage — from Berry Gordy’s Motown sound as well to burgeoning underground house music scene left a lasting impression. Now Cave, who is best known for his elaborately decorated, vibrantly colored “Soundsuits” and public happenings that incorporate rhythmic music and dancing, is returning to Detroit to stage "Here Hear," a seven-month-long series of performances, exhibitions, and “invasions.”
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Now through the fall, Detroit will become the backdrop for artist Nick Cave’s most ambitious project to date, including seven months of events and his first solo exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum, all funded by the Knight Arts Challenge. Here Cranbrook Curator Laura Mott writes about Cave’s first stop in the city, where he traveled around the city in his signature embellished costumes known as Soundsuits.
Multimedia and performance artist Nick Cave returns to his alma mater Cranbrook Academy of Art this summer for “Nick Cave: Here Hear,” an expansive exhibition of sculptures, newly commissioned works, video art, performances and events throughout metropolitan Detroit beginning in June. April and May kick off with city-wide photo shoots of the artist’s famed Soundsuits, the results of which will be published in “Greetings from Detroit,” inspired by vintage postcards. Cave will collaborate with local art students to re-stage his performance of Heard, last seen at New York’s Grand Central Station in 2013. He will also work with local dance troupes and musicians on pieces staged throughout the city in an effort to reinvigorate the landscape—and soundscape—of the city that “saved his life.” Through October 11.
Experience Nick Cave In Detroit This Summer: Best know for his soundsuits, which are sculptural costumes that conceal race, gender and class, Nick Cave received his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. The Cranbrook Art Museum will serve as the home base for his exhibition, “Here Hear,” which will take place in Detroit in the summer of 2015. The happenings around the exhibition will include a number of performance collaborations with local dance troupes and musicians. Cave will also work with Detroit School of Arts to re-stage his performance Heard, which was first staged in Grand Central Station in New York in 2013. Consisting of a “herd” of 30 colorful — and shaggy — life-sized horses, the horses traversed through the station twice a day, accompanied by live music. Cave’s take-over of Detroit will last for a total of seven months starting this April.
Contemporary visual artist Nick Cave surprised onlookers with a pop up photo shoot in the lobby of Bedrock’s One Woodward building in downtown Detroit. Today’s visit is part of a seven-month tour of events and activations in and around the city.“Nick Cave: Here Hear” is Nick’s first solo exhibition in partnership with Cranbrook Art Museum. Quicken Loans and Opportunity Detroit are among the many exhibit sponsors.
A noted artist is making his way around metro Detroit this month, staging dramatic photo shoots in some of the city’s most interesting and diverse neighborhoods.By Tiffany Esshaki Artist, dancer, sculptor and Cranbrook Academy of Art alumnus Nick Cave is taking on his most ambitious project to date with a photo series called “Nick Cave: Here Hear.”
Go ahead, Nick. Strike a pose.
Nick Cave, a leading contemporary artist, was having his picture taken on the Peristyle in front of the Cranbrook Art Museum on a blustery Friday wearing one of his signature soundsuits — wearable costumes that connect the dots between sculpture, fashion design, body art and performance art. This one was a shaggy red, white and blue outfit adorned with rainbow plumage. Cave completed the costume with shades, a drum major hat and military baton.
And, in another upcoming artistic highpoint, musician and creative Nick Cave will be bringing his performance, Here Hear, to Motor City from April onwards. Cave, a native of the Detroit suburbs, will pose in one of his distinctive ‘soundsuits’ in locations around the city; the work will also comprise a number of live performances held in different venues across town. Sponsored by the Cranbrook Museum, the project is only further evidence of the city’s artistic vitality.
Nick Cave, wearing his ornate Soundsuit, poses for photos outside the Cranbbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills. The musician and Cranbrook Art Academy alumnus will shoot site-specific photos for a book to be published this summer, "Nick Cave: Greetings from Detroit," depicting the positive creativity of the area. Cave will have an exhibition at the museum, "Nick Cave: Here Hear" beginning on June 20th. Friday, April 10, 2015.
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