Nick Cave: Feat.
October 26, 2019 - February 16, 2020
The Donna and Jim Barksdale Galleries for Changing Exhibitions
Nick Cave, "Architectural Forest," 2011. Bamboo, wood, wire, plastic beads, acrylic paint, screws, fluorescent lights, color filter gels, and vinyl, 136 x 372 x 192 in. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. © Nick Cave. Photo: James Prinz Photography
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 Photograph
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 25 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. Through this immersive installation, Cave hopes to provide a transformative place where your narrative can be featured, and your dreams can soar.
Nick Cave: Feat. was organized by the Frist Art Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The presentation of this exhibition in Jackson, Mississippi, is sponsored by the Ford Foundation.
This exhibition is free and open to the public.
Museum Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10 AM-5 PM, and Sun., noon-5 PM