Soundsuit

Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2012, mixed media, including beaded and sequined garments, fabric, metal and mannequin, 109 1/2 x 24 1/2 x 12 in. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, © Nick Cave, Photo: James Prinz Photography

Rescue

Nick Cave, Rescue, 2014, mixed media, including ceramic birds, metal flowers, ceramic basset hound, and vintage settee, 70 x 50 x 40 in. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, © Nick Cave, Photo: James Prinz Photography

Blot

Nick Cave, Blot (still), 2012, digital video, edition 1 of 5, with 2 artist proofs; 42 minutes, 57 seconds. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. © Nick Cave

Herd

Nick Cave, Heard performance, © Nick Cave, Photo: James Prinz Photography

Wall Relief

Nick Cave, Wall Relief, 2013, mixed media, including ceramic birds, metal flowers, afghans, strung crystals, and gramophone, 97 x 74 x 21 in. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, © Nick Cave, Photo: James Prinz Photography

Soundsuit

Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2016, mixed media, including vintage toys, wire, metal and mannequin, 84 x 45 x 40 in. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, © Nick Cave, photo: James Prinz Photography

Artist Nick Cave

Artist Nick Cave

Nick Cave: Feat.

February 23, 2019 - June 2, 2019
Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries

"We have to continue to dream. To dream is optimism."—Nick Cave, interviewed by Brittany Hudak for CAN Journal

"The individual pieces and parts remind him [Nick Cave] of things 'collected and treasured by his grandparents.' Cave’s ability to elevate objects that are so familiar to many of us, with so much shared memory and meaning, is part of why his work is so powerful. It’s a skill he is able to carry through everything he creates, regardless of chosen medium, form or subject matter."—Anderson Turner reviews Nick Cave: Feat. in the Akron Beacon Journal


Chicago-based artist Nick Cave (b. 1959) produces work in a wide range of mediums, including sculpture, installation, video, and performance. His creations, bursting with color and texture, are optical delights that can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages and backgrounds. A deeper look reveals that they speak to issues surrounding identity and social justice, specifically race, gun violence, and civic responsibility. His trademark human-shaped sculptures—called soundsuits because of the noise made when they move—began as a response to the beating of Rodney King by policemen in Los Angeles more than twenty-five years ago. As an African American man, Cave felt particularly vulnerable after the incident so he formed a type of armor that protected him from profiling by concealing race, gender, and class

Along with broadcasting an increasingly urgent call for equity, Cave wants his art to spark viewers’ imaginations and aspirations. This exhibition’s title, Feat., refers to the exceedingly hard work that goes into attaining success (it takes, for example, roughly seven hours to hand-sew just one square foot of a button soundsuit). It also plays on how talent is often listed in promotional materials—an appropriate nod to Music City and its creative community. Through this immersive installation, Cave hopes to provide a transformative place where your narrative can be featured and your dreams can soar.

About the artist
Nick Cave was born in Fulton, Missouri, in 1959. He received a BFA from the Art Institute of Kansas City and an MFA in fiber arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art, outside of Detroit. Cave’s work has been featured in monographic exhibitions around the globe, at venues such as the Cranbrook Art Museum, the Denver Art Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and is housed in the permanent collections of many major institutions, including the Brooklyn Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the Museum of Modern Art. Cave has received several prestigious awards, among them the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, the Artadia Award, the Joyce Award, and multiple Creative Capital Grants. He has lived and worked in Chicago since 1990 and is the Stephanie and Bill Sick Professor of Fashion, Body, and Garment at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York.

Nick Cave: Feat. was organized by the Frist Art Museum, Nashville, Tennessee.
Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Its presentation in Akron is made possible through the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, The Tom and Marilyn Merryweather Fund, Akron Reimagining the Civic Commons, and The Lehner Family Foundation. Additional support provided by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kanfer, the Akron Summit Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Hilton Garden Inn - Akron. Media sponsorship provided by Western Reserve PBS.

Knight Foundation logo    Ohio Arts Council logo    The Tom and Marilyn Merryweather Fund
              
  Akron Civic Commons    Lehner Family Foundation      Western Reserve PBS

Related Links:

[ Brittany Hudak, "AN INTERVIEW WITH ARTIST NICK CAVE – FEAT. OPENS 2/23 AT AKRON ART MUSEUM," CAN Journal ] [ Mark Arehart, "State of the Arts: The Art and Armor of Nick Cave's Sound Suits," WKSU 89.7 ] [ Anderson Turner, "Review: Nick Cave’s work is charming, engaging, challenging," Akron Beacon Journal ]

Gallery Discussion, Nick Cave: Fashion and Flair

April 18, 2019, 6:30 PM

Grab a gallery stool and join Sarah J. Rogers, Director of the Kent State University Museum, and staff from the Kent State University Fashion School for a discussion of Nick Cave’s connection to all things couture.

Gallery Discussion, Nick Cave: Fashion and Flair

April 18, 2019, 6:30 PM

Gallery Discussion, Nick Cave: Fashion and Flair

Is Nick Cave inspired by the fashion world or is the fashion world inspired by him? Grab a gallery stool and join Sarah J. Rogers, Director of the Kent State University Museum, and staff from the Kent State University Fashion School for a discussion of Nick Cave’s connection to all things couture.

Free and open to the public.

Registration required. Use the button / link below to register.

Cave In: A Mask & Movement Workshop

April 25, 2019, 6:30 PM

Recycle your creativity in this unique introduction to theatre techniques using found objects as masks in a relaxed and playful environment.

Cave In: A Mask & Movement Workshop

April 25, 2019, 6:30 PM

Cave In: A Mask & Movement Workshop

Join Kyle Jozsa, Director of Education for theater troupe Wandering Aesthetics, for this expressive mask and movement workshop inspired by the creations and ideas of artist Nick Cave. Like Nick Cave’s soundsuits, masks can camouflage, creating a second skin that conceals race, gender and class, forcing the viewer to look without judgment. Recycle your creativity in this unique introduction to theatre techniques using found objects as masks in a relaxed and playful environment.

$10/members, $15/nonmember

Registration required. Register using the link / button below.

Kids Studio: Nick Cave-Inspired Fortnite Skinz

April 6, 2019, 1 - 3 PM

Guided by a practicing studio artist-educator, students engage with contemporary art up close, then funnel personal responses into inspiring oops, wows and what-ifs in the studio.

Kids Studio: Nick Cave-Inspired Fortnite Skinz

April 6, 2019, 1 - 3 PM

Kids Studio: Nick Cave-Inspired Fortnite Skinz

Best for ages 6 – 10

Aspiring artists need opportunities to question, make mistakes and test ideas. Guided by a practicing studio artist-educator, students engage with contemporary art up close, then funnel personal responses into inspiring oops, wows and what-ifs in the studio. Inventiveness using unique materials and exploring the creative process of art-making are key components to our studio experience. Dress for mess.

$5/members, $10/nonmember child. Registration required. Caregivers welcome to participate but not required to stay.

Not a member? Join here!

Kids Studio is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation and the Charles E. and Mabel M. Ritchie Foundation.

Tour: African American Artists in the Akron Art Museum Collection

May 16, 2019, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Join Director of Education Alison Caplan as we explore works by African American artists in the museum’s collection. This tour will culminate in an exploration of Nick Cave: Feat.

Tour: African American Artists in the Akron Art Museum Collection

May 16, 2019, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Tour: African American Artists in the Akron Art Museum Collection

From the politically-charged work of Robert Colescott to the abstract expressions of Alma Thomas, African American artists are more visible than ever in the Akron Art Museum galleries. Join Director of Education Alison Caplan as we explore works by African American artists in the museum’s collection. This tour will culminate in an exploration of Nick Cave: Feat.

Free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Alma W. Thomas, Pond - Spring Awakening (detail), 1972, acrylic on canvas, 68 x 55 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Anderson 1976.32

Nick Cave: HEARD•AKRON

April 27, 2019, 12:00 pm

Join us as world-renowned artist Nick Cave stages dazzling presentations of HEARD•AKRON on April 27 in the Summit Lake community and on April 28 at the Akron Art Museum. 

Nick Cave: HEARD•AKRON

April 27, 2019, 12:00 pm

Nick Cave: HEARD•AKRON

Saturday, April 27 • 12 pm • Performance at Summit Lake Community Center

Sunday, April 28 • 2 pm • Performance at the Akron Art Museum

Join us as world-renowned artist Nick Cave stages dazzling presentations of HEARD•AKRON on April 27 in the Summit Lake community and on April 28 at the Akron Art Museum. Please check back for more details or sign up for the museum’s email newsletter.

Performances are free and open to all. Seating is first come, first served. Registration is recommended.

HEARD•AKRON is made possible through the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Ohio Arts Council and Akron Reimagining the Civic Commons.

Knight Foundation Ohio Arts Council

Last Look Tour Nick Cave: Feat.

June 1, 2019, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Catch the spectacular works of Nick Cave before the exhibition closes! Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph will highlight each body of work in the exhibition and discuss the experience of working with the artist on the community performance, HEARD•AKRON.

Last Look Tour Nick Cave: Feat.

June 1, 2019, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Last Look Tour Nick Cave: Feat.

Catch the spectacular works of Nick Cave before the exhibition closes! Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph will highlight each body of work in the exhibition and discuss the experience of working with the artist on the community performance, HEARD•AKRON.

Free for Akron Art Museum Members.

Not a member? Join here!

Find out more about Nick Cave: Feat. at the Akron Art Museum.