This past weekend took me to Chicago to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers at Soldier Field. Before leaving the city I wanted to see Nick Cave’s exhibition at MCA. I have to admit that I first accidentally discovered Cave’s work at the Seattle Art Museum a few years ago. I know, shocking! I had the opportunity to interview him for SchoolArts Magazine in 2018. Having these two experiences made me wanting to learn more about his practice.
Here is snapshot of some of his work currently on view at MCA. I would love to share more, but I do not want to spoil it for you.
Do not wait too long to see this exhibition. It closes October 2, 2022.
About Nick Cave
Nick Cave was born in Fulton, Missouri in 1959. 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. 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. Source: Art21.
If you go:
Nick Cave: Forothermore
Ends October 2, 2022
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago IL 60611