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Nick Cave
mixed media sculptural suit including beaded and sequined garments, fabric, and metal with a display mannequin armature
109 3/4 × 24 × 12 inches (278.8 × 61 × 30.5 cm)
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Museum purchase with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Levy, Susan Willetts and Alan K. Pritz, Cathy and Philip Solomons, Diane and Ed Schmults, Pamela L. and Peter S. Voss, Jan and Lawrence Dorman, Friends of African American Arts, Dr. William Goldiner, Dr. David M. Hillenbrand, Rosaleen Roxburgh, Ted and Linda Ruby, Marti and Austin Sullivan, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Young, and the Jack W. Lindsay Acquisition Endowment Fund.
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Nick Cave is an African American visual artist, dancer, and messenger known for his sculptural Soundsuits, wearable constructions that are fabricated to the scale of his own body. Cave’s Soundsuits can operate as a second skin, meant to conceal race, gender, and class. Cave’s first Soundsuit was created in response to the Rodney King beating by the LAPD in 1991, inciting the resultant 1992 Los Angeles Riots. Cave’s work reflects on his own identity as an African American man and questions how to navigate both public and private domains. The Soundsuits protect and transform one’s identity, disguising race and gender in an attempt to eliminate prejudicial prejudgment.