Nick Cave is taking over Detroit. Next Saturday, June 20, will see the debut of Here Hear, the largest show of the American artist’s work to date, at the Cranbook Art Museum. The weekend will kick off a string of events that runs through the rest of the year. Among the Cave-planned celebrations are a performance called Up Right: Detroit and a series of Dance Labs, both in July; and a procession of dozens of Cave’s life-size horse sculptures traipsing through the city on September 26 (manned by high-school dancers, no less). All this will then culminate with a project called Figure This: Detroit, which will take place in the city’s magisterial Masonic Temple on October 4.
A new exhibition at the Cranbrook Art Museum, Detroit, casts light on the creative world of American sculptor, dancer and performance artist Nick Cave. The 7,000 square-foot solo exhibition features a large selection of Cave’s famous “Soundsuits”, a series of African-inspired colorful sculptures that merge art, fashion and sound. Standing somewhere between performative sculptures and ritual costumes, Cave’s Soundsuits are conceived as an emotional shield that protects one’s race or gender, while still allowing him to express his individuality. The exhibition, which is titled “Here Hear”, will also include newly commissioned artworks, a site-specific wall-based tapestry inspired by the artist’s childhood memories of contemplating the night sky, a series of video works and a selection of his recent sculptures.
As buzz about Detroit becoming one of the centers of contemporary art production in the United States heightens, so does focus on its exhibitions. This may explain why rather than staging a quiet show this summer, the Cranbrook Art Museum, located in a suburb of Detroit, is making a bold statement with "Here Hear," a solo exhibition by Nick Cave. It includes programming not only at the museum itself, but also happenings throughout the city. Best known for his Soundsuits, which are wearable sculptures made out of colorful, often flamboyant materials such as feathers, knit flowers and sequins, Cave also creates a wide variety of videos and static works. Trained as dancer at Alvin Ailey, he is deliciously aware of how the body moves -- and how it can be transformed to a vessel in which a person contained can be set free. "Up Right: Detroit," for example, will be an ongoing performance staged in collaboration with the Ruth Ellis Center, a nonprofit working with LGBTQ youth and young adults in Metro Detroit. And "Heard•Detroit," held on September 26, will feature 60 high-school dancers clad in life-size horse costumes, parading down the Detroit riverfront. If you've been looking for an excuse to visit Detroit, here's your opportunity.
Nick Cave's interview on Michigan Radio's Stateside with Cynthia Canty.
“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.
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