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    • Nick Cave Inspires DAM Staff to Share Pet "Rescues"
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      Nick Cave Inspires DAM Staff to Share Pet "Rescues"

      Note: Dog rescue organizations have designated October as National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. In honor of that, and to bid farewell to Nick Cave's Rescues, some of us on the Denver Art Museum staff share our rescue pets (cats included). More

    • Young Fan Waves Goodbye to Nick Cave: Sojourn
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      Young Fan Waves Goodbye to Nick Cave: Sojourn

      Perhaps no one will miss Nick Cave: Sojourn as much as five-year-old Pascal Spangenberg. On September 22, the final day of the exhibition; Pascal and his mother Tara were the last visitors in the gallery. As they were leaving, Tara reminded Pascal that this was their last visit. Pascal, though sad, remained positive and said, “there’s still one Soundsuit left- it’s me!” More

    • Freedom & Inspiration: One Local Dancer Shares Her Nick Cave Experience
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      Freedom & Inspiration: One Local Dancer Shares Her Nick Cave Experience

      At Untitled #58 (Getup) on June 28, 2013, artist Nick Cave presented Nick Cave Performance Lab: "Figure This." Over 120 local dancers auditioned for the chance to participate, including DAM security officer Laura Burchard. Laura was one of 15 chosen to perform. She describes her experience as follows: More

    • Nick Cave Performs & Discusses Process at the DAM (Videos)
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      Nick Cave Performs & Discusses Process at the DAM (Videos)

      Untitled #58 (Getup) at the Denver Art Museum on June 28 included a performance from the vivid imagination of artist Nick Cave, whose work is currently on view in the exhibition Nick Cave: Sojourn. A number of choreographers and local dancers collaborated with Cave to bring his works to life through dance. The performance also included a demonstration by the artist of his process for creating his signature Soundsuits. More

    • Boy Shares Homemade Soundsuit with Nick Cave
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      Boy Shares Homemade Soundsuit with Nick Cave

      The Denver Art Museum was a hive of activity on June 28 during the final Friday Untitled event. For me, the most memorable moment of the night happened as things were drawing to a close. More

    • Q&A with Nick Cave
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      Q&A with Nick Cave

      Nick Cave transforms mundane, often-overlooked, and under-appreciated bric-a-brac into objects of undeniable aesthetic value that ask us, as viewers, to reconsider how we see the world we live in. In the spirit of this approach, we decided to pose a handful of questions to Cave that might seem at first to be simple or strange, but in the end yield surprising insights. Dozens of artworks that Cave created are on view in Nick Cave: Sojourn now. More

    • Q&A with Locals Nick Cave Picked to Dance in Soundsuit Performance
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      Q&A with Locals Nick Cave Picked to Dance in Soundsuit Performance

      Nick Cave has selected 15 folks to participate in the Soundsuits community performance on June 28 during the museum’s final Friday Untitled events. After alerting the community members that they were chosen, we decided to find out a bit more. Find an an abbreviated Q&A with some of the lucky participants below. More

    • Rising to the Challenge of Installing Nick Cave: Sojourn
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      Rising to the Challenge of Installing Nick Cave: Sojourn

      As the photographer at the Denver Art Museum I am often asked to do photo documentation of some of our more challenging and interesting installations. We have an expert staff of art installers led by longtime veteran John Lupe and his very capable crew. For the exciting, new exhibition, Nick Cave: Sojourn, there were several unique installation situations. Take a look at the photos below to see what goes on behind the scenes to get a new exhibition ready at the DAM. More

    • Inside Look at Nick Cave: Sojourn
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      Inside Look at Nick Cave: Sojourn

      Nick Cave: Sojourn invites visitors to join artist Nick Cave on a visual and emotional journey. This show, which contains almost all new work, offers a cross-section of sculptures and installations that are representative of Cave’s 25-year career. More

    • Nick Cave's 'Second Skin' Precourt Installation Images
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      Nick Cave's 'Second Skin' Precourt Installation Images

      In conjunction with Nick Cave: Sojourn the Denver Art Museum invited Nick Cave to transform the museum’s Precourt Family Discovery Hall into an immersive, interactive environment. Family visitors can decorate felt silhouettes and 3-D mannequins inspired by Cave’s Soundsuits and sculptures while a video projection in the space brings Cave’s Soundsuit performances to life. More

    • Nick Cave Performs at the Denver Art Museum (Video)
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      Nick Cave Performs at the Denver Art Museum (Video)

      On June 28, the Denver Art Museum proudly presented a Nick Cave-choreographed performance in Ponti Hall. For this performance, Cave collaborated with local dance companies 3rd Law, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, and Wonderbound as well as 15 locals he selected in an open call dance audition. Improv band Double Ply Translucent Caterpillar and DJ Man Mantis performed live at the event. More

    • Nick Cave's Artworks on the Move
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      Nick Cave's Artworks on the Move

      If you're wondering what goes into the crating and shipping of Nick Cave's works, take a look at the video and photographs documenting the "sojourn" from Cave's Chicago studio to the Denver Art Museum.

      Nick Cave: Sojourn is a special ticketed exhibition on view June 9-September 22. More

    • Nick Cave: Sojourn Exhibition Title Wall
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      Nick Cave: Sojourn Exhibition Title Wall

      Check out the video, as well as the install shots of the Nick Cave: Sojourn exhibition title wall to see how it was created. The cover of the exhibition's accompanying catalogue is also a reflection of the title wall, incorporating the same vinyl design and letterform die cut.

      Nick Cave: Sojourn is a special ticketed exhibition on view June 9-September 22, 2013. More

    • Nick Cave's Video Works: Installation Images
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      Nick Cave's Video Works: Installation Images

      Experimental film has become a significant part of Nick Cave’s work in the last two years. His interest in animating his sculptures and pushing new boundaries in performance led to Cave’s most ambitious film project to date, Drive-By (2011). Drive-By features 25 performers—all wearing varied Soundsuits decorated with twigs, raffia, or hair—jumping, rolling, falling, and dancing. After the film was edited, Cave collaborated with sound artists to add a track with a range of natural and electronic effects.

      Spot (2007), 3 minutes, floor projection More

    • Nick Cave's Soundsuit Installation Images
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      Nick Cave's Soundsuit Installation Images

      Nick Cave made the first garment-sculptures we know as Soundsuits in 1991 in response to the now-infamous amateur video of the racial profiling and beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers. The violent footage had a transformative and emotional impact on Cave. The soundsuits became a way for him to condition his spirit against adversity and to form a “second skin” of protection. More

    • Nick Cave's 'Paintings' Installation Images
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      Nick Cave's 'Paintings' Installation Images

      Created specifically for the long wall in this exhibition, this four-panel, 24-foot-long relief painting is decorated with scores of found, often secondhand, objects that are in keeping with an aesthetic Nick Cave describes as deliberately “gauche, lavish adornment” that verges on the baroque. Like other garden-inspired aspects of Cave’s work, this monumental piece suggests a kind of Garden of Eden with forbidden fruit while simultaneously creating an environment that evokes a place of refuge and contemplation. More

    • Nick Cave's 'Rescues' Installation Images
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      Nick Cave's 'Rescues' Installation Images

      Drawing a connection between people adopting pets at animal shelters and his own desire to reclaim and repurpose secondhand objects led Nick Cave to call these works with flea-market dog figurines “rescues.” As he thought more about the symbolism of the dog, these quickly evolved into a brand-new series of stand-alone sculptures, including the seven created for Sojourn. More

    • Nick Cave's Tondo Installation Images
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      Nick Cave's Tondo Installation Images

      One particular memory that has stuck with Nick Cave from his childhood is lying on the ground with some of his seven brothers, looking up at the stars on summer nights and trying to make out the constellations. “It’s right there, look!” he recalls exclaiming to his siblings. “It’s that place of innocence where something so mundane can be so transformative.” Those starry memories inspired Constellation (2006)—a flat, circular work he calls a “tondo”—which offers a kind of fantastical view of the cosmos. More

    • Nick Cave's Installation of the Button Arch
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      Nick Cave's Installation of the Button Arch

      The thousands of white buttons that make up the Button Arch in the first gallery you enter were attached to a flexible wire screen (like the material found on patio screen doors) using merchandising tag guns. A majority of the buttons were "tagged" in Cave's Chicago studio, but some lucky Museum staff, as well as interns from the Modern & Contemporary Art Department also helped tag additional buttons during installation. More

    • Nick Cave's Baptismal Sculpture Installation Images
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      Nick Cave's Baptismal Sculpture Installation Images

      Flea-market and antique-mall finds are in large part central to Nick Cave's work. Oftentimes, these found objects serve as the benchmark and inspiration for the larger, completed work. Cave shares: More

    • Installation Time-Lapse Video of Nick Cave: Sojourn
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      Installation Time-Lapse Video of Nick Cave: Sojourn

      Nick Cave: Sojourn invites visitors to join artist Nick Cave on a visual and emotional journey. This show, which contains almost all new work, offers a cross-section of sculptures and installations that are representative of Cave’s 25-year career. We'd like to take you on a whirlwind journey of how the exhibition came to be. Click on the link below to view a time-lapse video of the exhibition's installation. More

    • Nick Cave Leads Preview of Nick Cave: Sojourn (Photos)
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      Nick Cave Leads Preview of Nick Cave: Sojourn (Photos)

      Renowned contemporary artist Nick Cave previewed his dynamic new exhibition Nick Cave: Sojourn at the Denver Art Museum this morning.

      Nick walked us through his multisensory, immersive installation and provided insight into the creation of his figurative sculptures known as Soundsuits. More

    • Nick Cave Dance-Off at the DAM (Video)
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      Nick Cave Dance-Off at the DAM (Video)

      On February 22, at Untitled #54 (Turf), 120 hopefuls brought their best moves to Ponti Hall in the North Building for the opportunity to dance in one of Nick Cave's Soundsuits. More