Acclaimed artist Nick Cave's Soundsuits to be seen in UNT exhibition, new performance piece

Nick Cave
Soundsuit
2009
Human hair, knitted yarn, metal armature
Photo by James Prinz, Chicago, Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
Nick Cave
Photo by James Prinz, Chicago, Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Nick Cave: Soundsuits

  • Soundsuits from internationally renowned visual and performing artist Nick Cave, artist-in-residence for the University of North Texas Institute for the Advancement of the Arts, will be on display. This event is supported by the UNT Fine Arts Series.
  • Feb. 24 (Friday) – March 24 (Saturday)
    Hours: 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.
    Opening reception: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 24 (Friday)
  • UNT on the Square, 109 N. Elm St. in historic downtown Denton
  • Admission is free.
  • For more information, visit www.untonthesquare.unt.edu or call 940-369-8257.

Nick Cave: Heard

  • A 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. Cave collaborated with UNT art, dance, music and theatre students; UNT faculty members; and community members in the creation of the suits, choreography, musical score and other aspects of the performance. 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: 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. March 29 (Thursday) on the lawn between the Art Building and Curry Hall on the UNT campus. Admission is free. Reception on the lawn and in the Art Building following the 5:30 p.m. performance.
  • Dallas: 1:30 p.m. April 1 (Sunday) in the Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St., downtown Dallas. Hosted by 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 www.gallery.unt.edu.

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- 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 sculptures that make sounds when the materials brush together -- have been lauded internationally in performances and exhibitions.

"By working with an artist of Nick Cave's caliber on this project,UNT students have learned the importance of being disciplined in their field and how to focus their time and energy to complete a project successfully in the competitive world of art," said Amie Adelman, coordinator of the fibers program at the UNT College of Visual Arts and Design. "They've had firsthand experience learning about the benefits and complexities of working on an interdisciplinary project that involves music, dance, theater and art. With this experience, our students will be even better prepared when they launch their professional careers."

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 www.untonthesquare.unt.edu or call 940-369-8257.

Heard, the new performance piece from Cave, will be performed at 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. March 29 (Thursday) on the lawn between the Art Building and Curry Hall on the UNT campus. Commissioned by the UNT Art Galleries and the UNT Institute for the Advancement of the Arts, Heard will feature UNT student dancers in 30 horse-like Soundsuits being corralled by UNT percussionists and then breaking apart into 60 hybrid beings that move in increased improvisation. Admission to the UNT events is free.

Heard also will be performed at 1:30 p.m. April 1 (Sunday) at the Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St. in downtown Dallas. Admission to the Dallas event is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for students. Admission is free for Nasher Sculpture Center members.

Cave began guiding UNT students in September in the creation of the Soundsuits. Students from the UNT College of Visual Arts and Design's sculpture program welded the 30 steel frames for the horse heads. Fibers program students and community members -- including local artists and Denton elementary school art teachers -- helped cover the frames with hardware cloth and fleece. Costume design students from the UNT Department of Dance and Theatre have assisted with cutting the patterns and sewing the bodies of the horses. Sixty dance students -- two for each of the 30 horses -- have been preparing to perform in the Soundsuits, and percussion students from the UNT College of Music will provide the music for the performance.

 

About Nick Cave

Cave has had numerous one-person exhibitions, including a large 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 and featured at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Fowler Museum, University of California Los Angeles, Norton Museum in West Palm Beach, Fla., and at the Seattle Art Museum. Cave received the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Award in 2008, the Artadia Award, the United States Artist Award and the Joyce Foundation Joyce Award in 2006, Creative Capital Grants in 2004 and 2002, and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award in 2001. His work is in many public art collections, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York, Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Portland Art Museum in Oregon, and the Studio Museum in Harlem, N.Y., among others. 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 was trained as a dancer by the renowned Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.

 

About the Institute for the Advancement of the Arts

Launched in October 2009, the UNT Institute for the Advancement of the Arts (IAA) aims to showcase, support and advance excellence in the visual, performing and creative literary arts at UNT, among its faculty members and in conjunction with their renowned colleagues and collaborators.

The three central components of the Institute are UNT on the Square, the IAA Faculty Fellows program and the IAA Artist-in-Residence program. Previous artists-in-residence are filmmaker Guillermo Arriaga (2009-2010) and composer Jake Heggie (2010-2011).

The IAA is an initiative of the offices of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Vice President for Research and Economic Development. Participating colleges include the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Visual Arts and Design, and College of Music.
For information about the institute and related activities, contact Herbert Holl, director of the Institute for the Advancement of the Arts, at 940-369-8257 or herbert.holl@unt.edu.

 

About the UNT Art Galleries

Part of the UNT College of Visual Arts and Design, the UNT Art Galleries support the educational mission of the university, enrich the aesthetic environment of the community and serve as a cultural resource for the public at large. Through their focus on curatorial projects involving vanguard contemporary art, the galleries challenge and promote the current discourse surrounding living artists and their works.

For information about involving classrooms or community groups in the residencies and performance, please contact Tracee Robertson, director of the UNT Art Galleries, at 940-369-8914 or tracee.robertson@unt.edu.

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