Nick Cave

March 2020

Nick Cave. Photography by Brendan Bannon.

Nick Cave is an American fabric sculptor, dancer, and performance artist. He creates “Soundsuits”—surreally majestic objects blending fashion and sculpture—that originated as metaphorical suits of armor in response to the Rodney King beatings and have evolved into vehicles for empowerment.  (Read more...)

Nick Cave in Costume. Photo by Brendan Bannon.

Fully concealing the body, the “Soundsuits” serve as an alien second skin that obscures race, gender, and class, allowing viewers to look without bias towards the wearer’s identity. Cave regularly performs in the sculptures himself, dancing either before the public or for the camera, activating their full potential as costume, musical instrument, and living icon.

Cave’s CAI residency will bring him to Buffalo several times in Spring 2020 to work with choreographers, dancers, and amateur performers. 

Residency Events: 

March 27, 2020: Humanities to the Rescue: An Evening with Nick Cave
This will be a community wide event at The Center for the Arts and free to all UB students. This is organized by the Humanities Institute as part of their Humanities to the Rescue series. Free and Open to the Public. Please RSVP.

March 28, 2020: Symposium-Performance, Publics, Possibility co-presented with Performance Research Group of UB’s Humanities Institute, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, C.S.1 Curatorial Projects, and Park Avenue Armory (NYC). This full-day symposium will bring together artists, dancers, musicians, scholars, and community activists, both national and local, committed to social justice and using the arts as a vehicle for change. Free and Open to the Public. Please RSVP.

The culmination of Cave’s work in Buffalo will be “The Let Go” at Buffalo’s Central Terminal, September 11-27, 2020. Presented by Park Avenue Armory, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, and C.S.1 Curatorial Projects, this two-week engagement conceived by Nick Cave creates a dance-based town hall. Part installation, part performance— The Let Go invites the Buffalo “let go” and speak their minds through movement, work out frustrations, and celebrate independence as well as community. Activated by “chase,” a multi-colored,  100-foot-long mylar sculpture that glides across the dance floor, the work creates a unique space for performances and social gatherings.

Nick Cave attended the Cranbrook Academy of Art (MFA, 1989), North Texas State University (1984-86), and the Kansas City Art Institute (BFA, 1982). Cave’s awards and residencies include the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2008), Artadia Award (2006), Joyce Award (2006), Creative Capital Grant (2004, 2002), and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2001). Cave has had major exhibitions at MASS MoCA (2016); Cranbrook Art Museum (2015); Saint Louis Art Museum (2014-15); ICA Boston (2014); Denver Art Museum (2013); Fabric Workshop and Museum (2011-12); Seattle Art Museum (2011); and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (2009), among others. Cave lives and works in Chicago, IL, USA.