Nick Cave

Jepson Center January 27–April 23, 2017


Nick Cave (American, b. 1959) is an internationally-renowned artist living and working in Chicago. Cave is well known for his Soundsuits, sculptural forms based on the scale of his body. Cave’s first Soundsuit was created in 1992 in response to the Rodney King beating by the LAPD in 1991. Soundsuits camouflage the body, masking and creating a second skin that conceals race, gender, and class, forcing the viewer to look without judgment. On view will be a selection of Soundsuits made in the past 10 years, along with Tondos—large scaled circular wall works evoking the night sky and the cosmos—and recent videos documenting and performing the Soundsuits.


Nick Cave
Speak Louder, 2011
mixed media including beaded and sequined garments, fabric, metal, and mannequin
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Photo: James Prinz Photography