Nick Cave: Soundsuits

Event Date: 
Feb 24 2012 (All day) to Mar 24 2012 (All day)

Exhibition of Nick Cave "soundsuits."

Visual and performance artist Nick Cave’s Soundsuits have drawn acclaim from around the world and have been called “Must Be Seen to Be Believed” by The New York Times.

This semester, the renowned artist is capping his appointment as 2011-12 artist-in-residence of the University of North Texas Institute for the Advancement of the Arts with a free exhibition of his Soundsuits and a highly collaborative performance piece featuring 30 newly created horse-like Soundsuits — made and performed with the help of UNT students. Cave’s Soundsuits — wearable sculptures that make sounds when the materials brush together — have been lauded internationally in performances and exhibitions.

“By working with an artist of Nick Cave’s caliber on this project, UNT students have learned the importance of being disciplined in their field and how to focus their time and energy to complete a project successfully in the competitive world of art,” said Amie Adelman, coordinator of the fibers program at the UNT College of Visual Arts and Design. “They’ve had firsthand experience learning about the benefits and complexities of working on an interdisciplinary project that involves music, dance, theater and art. With this experience, our students will be even better prepared when they launch their professional careers.”

Selected Soundsuits from Cave will be on display Feb. 24 (Friday) through March 24 (Saturday) at UNT on the Square, a downtown Denton art space. Exhibition hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours until 8 p.m. Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For information, visit or call 940-369-8257.

Acclaimed artist Nick Cave's Soundsuits to be seen in UNT exhibition, new performance piece

Nick Cave: Heard

  • A new performance piece called Heard, featuring 30 newly created horse-like Soundsuits, will be unveiled in two public performances on the UNT campus and one performance in Dallas. Cave collaborated with UNT art, dance, music and theatre students; UNT faculty members; and community members in the creation of the suits, choreography, musical score and other aspects of the performance. Heard was commissioned by the UNT Art Galleries and the UNT Institute for the Advancement of the Arts and organized by Tracee Robertson, director of the UNT Art Gallery.
  • Denton: 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. March 29 (Thursday) on the lawn between the Art Buildingand Curry Hall on the UNT campus. Admission is free. Reception on the lawn and in the Art Building following the 5:30 p.m. performance.
  • Dallas: 1:30 p.m. April 1 (Sunday) in the Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St., downtown Dallas. Hosted by the Nasher Sculpture Center in association with UNT. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for students. Admission is free for Nasher Sculpture Center members. For information, visit