Thursday, March 8, 2012

Nick Cave Performance To Be Finale Of His Artist-In-Residency For 2012 @ University of North Texas

Nick Cave Project

Internationally renowned visual and performance artist Nick Cave, whose work has been called "must be seen to be believed" by The New York Times, has served as the artist-in-residence for UNT's Institute for the Advancement of the Arts in the 2011-12 academic year.

Cave, who studied at UNT in the 1980s, also has been commissioned by the UNT Art Galleries and the institute to create a new performance piece that will take place on campus in the spring with collaborative partners from the College of Music, the Department of Dance and Theatre and other UNT arts programs. The piece will incorporate 30 newly created Soundsuits in the shapes of horse-like forms that move through campus and evolve into hybrid beings. Cave is renowned for his elaborate Soundsuits sculptures -- wearable art made of such items as twigs, beads, sequins, Easter grass and dryer lint. When worn, his Soundsuits envelop the body, making sounds as the materials brush together.

Students and volunteers from the community have been working tirelessly since the projects inception to assist in the construction of the raffia soundsuits.

Photograph by Matthew Golden; courtesy of the UNT Art Gallery and Nick Cave.

Nick Cave: Heard

The UNT Art Galleries and the Institute for the Advancement of the Arts have partnered to host visual artist Nick Cave as the 2011-2012 Artist in Residence, commissioning Cave to create a new work of public art at the University of North Texas. Internationally recognized for his Soundsuits--sculptural objects that when worn become instruments for movement and sound--and for working with communities to choreograph public performances, Cave has proposed a new performance piece for UNT, to take place on campus in March 2012. The piece, titled “Heard”, involves 30 horses running through campus, being corralled by 50-100 percussionists, and breaking apart into 60 hybrid beings that move in increased improvisation. Soundsuits, choreography, and musical score have been created and will be performed in collaboration with students, faculty and the surrounding community.

Photograph by Matthew Golden; courtesy of the UNT Art Gallery and Nick Cave.

 About Nick Cave

Chicago artist Nick Cave works between sculpture, design, and performance. He has had numerous one person exhibitions, notably a traveling exhibition, Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth, organized by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco in 2009, opening at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia in September. Venues include the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona; Fowler Museum at the University of California Los Angeles; and the Seattle Art Museum, Washington. Awards include the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2008), the Artadia Award, the United States Artist Award and the Joyce Foundation Joyce Award (2006), and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2001), among others. Cave’s works are in many public art collections, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY; Birmingham Museum of Art, AL; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL; and the Studio Museum in Harlem, NY. Cave is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York.

Cave earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1981 and a master of fine arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., in 1988, after beginning graduate studies in 1984 at UNT, where he worked with professors Vincent Falsetta in painting and Shigeko Spear in fibers. Cave also trained as a dancer at the renowned Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.
Photograph by Matthew Golden; courtesy of the UNT Art Gallery and Nick Cave.


Nick Cave: Heard


Mar 29 2012 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

  • The new performance piece called Heard, featuring 30 newly created horse-like Soundsuits, will be unveiled in two public performances on the UNT campus and one performance in Dallas. Heard was commissioned by the UNT Art Galleries and the UNT Institute for the Advancement of the Arts and organized by Tracee Robertson, director of the UNT Art Gallery.
  • Denton: March 29 at 12:30pm and 5:30pm on the Library Mall outside UNT’s Willis Library, one block east of Highland Street and Avenue C on the UNT campus. *Please note the location for the performance has now been moved from the library to between the Art Building and Curry Hall.*
  • Dallas: 1:30 p.m. April 1 (Sunday) in the Nasher Sculpture Center in association with UNT. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for students. Admission is free for Nasher Sculpture Center members.
  • For information, visit

Photograph by Matthew Golden; courtesy of the UNT Art Gallery and Nick Cave.

Visual and performance artist Nick Cave's Soundsuits have drawn acclaim from around the world and have been called "Must Be Seen to Be Believed" by The New York Times.

This semester, The renowned artist is capping his appointment as 2011-12 artist-in-residence of the University of North Texas Institute for the Advancement of the Arts with a free exhibition of his Soundsuits and a highly collaborative performance piece featuring 30 newly created horse-like Soundsuits - made and performed with the help of UNT students. Cave's Soundsuits - wearable lauded internationally in performances and exhibitions.

Selected Soundsuits from Cave will be on display Feb. 24 (Friday) through March 24 (Saturday) at UNT on the Square, a downtown Denton art space. Exhibition hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours until 8 p.m. Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For information, visit or call

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