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10 Things You May Not Know About Nick Cave

Nick Cave: Until
Until. Photo: Courtesy MASS MoCA

You may have heard: we’re getting ready to open up a new exhibition this fall―Nick Cave: Until, the artist’s largest and most ambitious project yet. It has previously been on view at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, Tramway in Glasgow, Scotland, and Carriageworks in Sydney, Australia. The Momentary will be its final stop.

Before Until opens at the Momentary (mark your calendar for September 12!), let’s take a moment to introduce (or perhaps, reintroduce) the acclaimed artist of the show, Nick Cave. 

Here are 10 things you may not know about Nick Cave:

Nick Cave at Meet the Momentary, 2019. Photo by Ironside Photography.


1. Cave is the third of seven brothers in his family. 


 2. He has created over 500 Soundsuits since the early ‘90s. His first Soundsuit was created in response to the Rodney King incident and have evolved into vehicles for empowerment. 


 3. Two of those Soundsuits can be found in the Crystal Bridges collection, here in Bentonville.


 4. Cave is a professional dancer (in addition to being an artist) and trained with Alvin Ailey in the late ‘70s-early ‘80s. 


The New York Times, 2019

 5. In 2013, Cave and the Alvin Ailey Dance Company created HEARD•NY, a Soundsuit-claden dance performance which took place in Grand Central Terminal.


6. When T, The New York Times Style Magazine featured Cave as one of “The Greats” in a 2019 article, they created an animated version of him that walks across the screen

Photo courtesy of Nick Cave. Published in The New York Times

 7. Cave’s first job out of art school was designing window displays for Macy’s. 


 8. He collects objects for his works at antique stores and flea markets across the Midwest. 


 9. He is a graduate professor of fashion design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


10. Cave photographed a two-day trip to Bentonville in October 2019, which was published in The New York Times Style Magazine..