This spring, summer, and fall, Cranbrook Art Museum and Detroit will serve as the backdrop for Nick Cave’s most ambitious project to date – Nick Cave: Here Hear. At the invitation of Cranbrook Art Museum, Cave will stage seven months of events throughout the city of Detroit anchored by his first solo exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum, opening this summer. Cave is a 1989 graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art. Cave has said that the time he spent in Detroit was critical to his growth as an artist. He is returning to capture the positive energy currently enveloping the city. “Detroit continues to be an always-surprising environment of creativity, excitement, and engagement,” says Cave. In Detroit, he will launch his largest performance series ever. His Soundsuits will unexpectedly invade the city for a series of photo shoots; he will stage Dance Labs in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD); he will work with LBGTQ youth and young adults from the Ruth Ellis Center to create Up Right: Detroit, a performance filmed in the city; and he will engage students from the Detroit School of Arts and the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy to produce Heard•Detroit, a procession of as many as 30 life-size horse sculptures operated by 60 high school dancers who will parade along Detroit’s riverfront. Cave’s project will culminate at the end of the exhibition in October, when the artist will stage Figure This: Detroit, a massive public performance at Detroit’s Masonic Temple.
Cranbrook Art Museum is serving as the producer for the entire Nick Cave project, and will be home to the exhibition Nick Cave: Here Hear, that will include a 7,000-square-foot exhibition of Soundsuits, recent sculptures, and newly commissioned artworks. The exhibition will be on view from June 20 through October 11, 2015. A full weekend of celebrations are planned for the exhibition opening, including a film screening and block party performances in Detroit’s Brightmoor community on June 21. Nick Cave: Here Hear is curated by Laura Mott, Curator of Contemporary Art and Design at Cranbrook Art Museum.
This project has attracted a wide variety of sponsors and community partners who are eager to share Cranbrook Art Museum’s vision of spreading creative positivity throughout Detroit. The Presenting Sponsors are the Ford Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and their Knight Arts Challenge Detroit project, which looks to fund ideas that engage and enrich Detroit through the arts. Cranbrook Art Museum received a Knight Arts Challenge Detroit matching grant of $150,000 to kick-off this ambitious project. Leadership Sponsors include Quicken Loans with their Opportunity Detroit mission and The Kresge Foundation. The project’s Major Sponsor is The Taubman Foundation. Supporting Sponsors include Strategic Staffing Solutions, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Masco Corporation Foundation, Maggie and Bob Allesee, and the Jack Shainman Gallery. Community Partners include the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, the Ruth Ellis Center, the Detroit School of Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), the Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts, and Detroit Public Television.
Our list of sponsors – foundations, corporations, and individuals – is growing by the week. To join us as we present Nick Cave: Here Hear and the artist’s “Biggest, Baddest Series of Performances” to date, please contact Cranbrook Art Museum.