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Nick Cave Soundsuit Now On View

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Our newest acquisition is a whimsical toy-themed soundsuit by Nick Cave, one of the contemporary artists featured in our recent exhibition 30 Americans.

Cave's four mesmerizing soundsuits were among the most popular works in the show, appreciated for their curious combination of movement and masquerade.

The Chrysler's new sculpture is one of eight that Cave has fabricated from used toys. Its horns, jack-in-the-boxes, and noisemakers at once evoke sound, color, action, and childlike joy. The knit fabrics and hand-crocheted details
on the mannequin form are typical of his hallmark attention to detail and skilled needlework.

Cave's creations meld visual and performing arts. The soundsuits tap into Cave's training with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, integrating motion and sound with dazzling patterns, palettes, and pageantry.

The Chrysler was able to purchase this soundsuit thanks to a generous donation from the Museum's Friends of African-American Art. The FAAA will celebrate the purchase with a special, invitation-only reception on September 13.

This new addition is on view in Remix Redux, our new exhibition of contemporary works.

At right: Nick Cave, Soundsuit, mixed media, 2010. > > >