Nick Cave (performance artist)
Nick Cave (born 1959 in central Missouri, USA) is an American fabric sculptor, dancer, and performance artist. He is best known for his Soundsuits: wearable fabric sculptures that are bright, whimsical, and other-worldly. He also trained as a dancer with Alvin Ailey. He resides in Chicago and is director of the graduate fashion program at School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Early life and education
Nick Cave was raised in Missouri by a single mother. He had many siblings, and the family was of modest means. Cave attributes his interest in found objects and assemblage to his childhood circumstances.
Cave graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1982, where he learned to sew. Also during his time he began studying dance through an Alvin Ailey program, both in Kansas City and New York City. Cave went on to get his masters from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan in 1989.
- 1984–1986 Graduate Studies, North Texas State University, Denton.
Cave's first Soundsuit was made of twigs. Other typical materials include dyed human hair, sisal, plastic buttons, beads, sequins, and feathers. The finished pieces bear some resemblance to African ceremonial costumes and masks. His suits are presented for public viewing as static sculptures, but also through live performance, video, and photographs. 
Solo Exhibitions / Projects
- 2013 - "Sojourns" - Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colo.
- 2013 - "FreePort [No. 006]" Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
- 2013 - "The World is My Skin", Trapholt, Kolding, Denmark.
- 2013 - "Heard" - Grand Central Station, New York.
- 2012 - "Meet Me at the Center of the Earth", Boise Art Museum, Boise
- 2012 - "Let's C" - The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia 
- 2011- "For Now" -Mary Boone Gallery,New York City, New York
- 2011 - "Meet Me at the Center of the Earth" -Seattle Art Museum, Washington
- 2010 - "Soundsuits" - Studio la Città, Verona, Italy
- 2010 - "Meet Me at the Center of the Earth", UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, California
- 2010 - "Pattern ID" - featuring Soundsuits, Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio
- 2009 - "Meet Me at the Center of the Earth", Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California
- 2007 - "Second Skins: Sculptural Soundsuits and Tondos", Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida
- 2006 - "Soundsuits", Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois
- 2006 - Jack Shainman Gallery, New York City, New York
- 2006 - Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- 2005 - "Soundsuits", Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- 2004 - "Soundsuits", Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana
- 2003 - Hand Workshop Art Center, Richmond, Virginia
- 2002 - Wright Museum of Art, Beloit, Wisconsin
- 2002 - Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, Indiana
- 2002 - "Amaigamations", Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania
- 2000 - "Nick Cave 2000", Duane Reed Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
- 1999 - "Reparations", South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, Indiana
Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth, Dan Cameron, Kate Eilertsen, Pam McClusky, Nick Cave ISBN 978-0-615-24593-5
Nick Cave ACE View and artist statement at Art+Culture Editions
- Extended Family - Contemporary Connections at the Brooklyn Museum
- Finkel, Jori (April 5, 2009). "I Dream the Clothing Electric". The New York Times.
- Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth, Dan Cameron, Kate Eilertsen, Pam McClusky, Nick Cave ISBN 978-0-615-24593-5
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- Jack Shainman Gallery. "Artists". Retrieved 8/4/11.
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- Lightfoot, Judy (March 11, 2011). "S.A.M.’s exhibit of Nick Cave 'soundsuits': a smiling, sumptuous journey". Crosscut. Retrieved August 20, 2011.
- Abarbanel, Stacey Ravel (10/23/09). "Fowler Museum presents 'Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth,' Jan 10–May 30, 2010". UCLA Newsroom. Retrieved 8/4/11.
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- Nick Cave's School of the Art Institute of Chicago page and Curriculum Vitae
- New York Times article, April 5, 2009
- San Francisco Chronicle review, April 21, 2009
- San Francisco Bay Guardian interview with Nick Cave, April, 2009
- Yerba Buena Center for the Arts podcast interview with Cave, 2009
- Kansas City Star, January, 2010