December 6, 2011

Nick Cave: Let's C

 

Nick Cave: Let's C

On view from December 16, 2011 – Mid-February, 2012

Members-Only Preview at 5:30 pm
Performance by Nick Cave begins at 7 pm
Performance will be broadcast throughout the Museum
 
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“There is a transformative moment, when [the wearer has] to be able to make the shift. Since it’s so dominating, this form, you are no longer who you are. So who have you become and what is that? How do you bring conviction to that? What are you willing to give up to move into this other being?” — Nick Cave
 
The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) premieres a special, live performance and multi-floor exhibition opening for Chicago-based artist Nick Cave on Friday, December 16, 2011. Nick Cave:  Let’s C—an exhibit of his iconic “Soundsuits,” new installation created at FWM, and video—is on view from Friday, December 16th, 2011 through Mid-February, 2012. As a current FWM artist-in-residence, Cave worked in collaboration with FWM studio staff and apprentices to debut Architectural Forest (2011), an ambitious, floor-to-ceiling installation of ornamented bamboo that also serves as a mystical setting, in which Cave’s December 16th performance at FWM takes place. Footage of this multisensory performance—which incorporates dance, music, and ambient sounds from the installation itself—will be on view during the exhibition run.
 
For over two decades, Cave has constructed Soundsuits out of a litany of unique, found materials, such as throw rugs, stuffed animals, gleaming buttons, human hair, and other items from thrift stores, flea markets, and estate sales. The Soundsuits’ sculptural form functions simultaneously to display and conceal the body through the visual references to the exuberance of masquerade and the protection of armor. Let’s C includes recent Soundsuits that showcase a new direction in Cave’s practice, introducing a muted palette, uniform surfaces, and dynamic relationships between multiple figures. Also on view is Drive-By (2011), a video of Soundsuits in motion.
 
In addition to his exhibition, Nick Cave designed the Museum’s street-level façade, which features a reflective, doily-inspired pattern adhered to the window surface.
 
About the Artist
Nick Cave (b. 1959, Missouri) received an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield, MI (1989) and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, MO (1982). In Fall 2011, Cave had two concurrent solo exhibitions in New York, NY at Jack Shainman Gallery and Mary Boone Gallery. Cave was also included in group exhibitions this past Fall, such as 30 Americans: Rubell Family Collection, at the Corcoran Art Gallery in Washington, DC, and the Prospect.2 Biennial, taking place throughout New Orleans, LA.  His solo traveling exhibition, Meet Me at the Center of the Earth—organized by the Yerba Buena Art Center, San Francisco, CA—will be on view at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, VA through January 2012. Cave has a forthcoming major presentation of his work scheduled for the Tri Postal in Lille, France, in late 2012. His work is held in the following distinctive public collections: the Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY; Crystal Bridges, Bentonville, AR; the Detroit Institute of Arts, MI; the High Museum, Atlanta, GA; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; and the Seattle Art Museum, WA; among others. Cave has received several prestigious awards including: the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2008), Artadia Award (2006), the Joyce Award (2006), Creative Capital Grants (2002, 2004, and 2005), and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2001). Cave lives and works in Chicago, IL where he serves as Professor and Chairman of the Fashion Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
 
Also on View at The Fabric Workshop and Museum
At The New Temporary Contemporary, 1222 Arch
Fighting Kissing Dancing
The Fabric Workshop and Museum, in an exchange with the de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, Miami, featuring video works by Miami and New York based artists.

About The Fabric Workshop and Museum
The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) is the only museum of its kind, offering internationally renowned artists the resources to create new work in experimental materials. Artists come from all media—including sculpture, installation, video, painting, ceramics, and architecture—and use FWM’s facilities and technical expertise to create works of art that they could not create on their own. Research, construction, and fabrication occur on-site in studios that are open to the public, providing visitors with the opportunity to see works of art from conception to completion. FWM’s permanent collections include not only complete works of art, but also material research, samples, prototypes, and photography and video of artists making and speaking about their work. Access to the creative process provides visitors with a point of entry into understanding challenging works of contemporary art. FWM offers an unparalleled experience to those young and old, including the most significant artists of our time, students, and the general public.
 
The programs of The Fabric Workshop and Museum are supported by the AG Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Arcadia Foundation, The Barra Foundation, Claneil Foundation, The Dedalus Foundation, Inc., Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Edna W. Andrade Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation, The Honickman Foundation, Independence Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Judith Rothschild Foundation, LEF Foundation, LLWW Foundation, Louis N. Cassett Foundation, Mondriaan Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New Millennium Charitable Foundation, The New York Community Trust, Nimoy Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, PNC Foundation, PNC Arts Alive, The Quaker Chemical Foundation, Samuel S. Fels Fund, Uplands Family Foundation, and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.
 
For more information, or to request images, please contact Michele Bregande, Assistant to the Directors, at michele@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org, or 215.561.8888.
 
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