Nick Cave wants to introduce Buffalo to Buffalo: to get people who don’t know each other to talk and make art together; to sit – or dance – side by side and create. Cave’s special blend of celebratory art is built to provide a platform for people to connect. While well-known for his Soundsuits, which collage found materials, high fashion, and ceremonial dress, Cave, one of the most celebrated artists working today, has most recently used cities as his canvases. Inspired by Buffalo’s Rust Belt history and captivated by Silo City, the majestic, yet abandoned grain elevators offer truly a unique blank slate and a found object with infinite possibilities. Plenty will launch in the fall of 2017 with a series of community projects and will culminate in the summer of 2018 with a parade featuring collaborative floats that will travel from Niagara square to Silo City for an epic, celebratory finale where all are welcome.
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Nick Cave Plenty
Claire Schneider, Curator
This project is spearheaded by C.S.1 Curatorial Projects and Young Audiences of Western New York with Lehrer Dance, Say Yes to Education Buffalo, Silo City, and Ujima Company Inc.
Project sponsors include: National Endowment for the Arts, Michael and Roberta Joseph, Gerald and Jody Lippes, Judi Spear, Anonymous, Silo City, William Altreuter, and Current Hospitality Group, LLC.
Michele Agosto, Supervisor of Art Education, Buffalo Public Schools Max Anderson, Director of Communications, Open Buffalo
Dan Cross-Viola, Extended Learning Time Supervisor, Say Yes Buffalo Casimiro Rodriguez, President, Hispanic Heritage Council
Sally Crowley, Chief Communications Officer, John R. Oishei Foundation Dan Shanahan, Executive Director, Torn Space Theater
Sean Mulligan, Office of David Rivera Majority Leader Buffalo Common Council Kevin Kline, Education Director, Squeaky Wheel
Anne Conable, Community Engagement Manager, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Brian Dold, Planning and Design Manager, Olmsted Parks
John Siskar, Senior Advisor for Educational Pipeline Initiatives, Buffalo State College Robin Hibbert, Le Ballet Touba
Paulette Harris, Artistic Director, Paul Robeson Theatre, African American Cultural Center Jim Watkins, Site Manager, Silo City
Carlos Jones, Associate Dean, School of Arts and Humanities, Buffalo State College
“Cave, not to be confused with the musician of the same name, will visit Buffalo about eight times throughout the course of the project. He is best known for his “Soundsuits,” elaborate and often brightly colored full-body costumes that give their inhabitants the appearance of animal-human hybrids straight out of Dr. Seuss. He first created the costumes as a response to the Rodney King beating, setting out to create objects that both disguise and empower the wearer out of discarded materials like twigs and fur. In their finished form, the suits create sound as the wearer moves.” – Citywide project to bridge Buffalo neighborhoods through art. By Colin Dabkowski The Buffalo News. May 19, 2016
“For six years, Our Town has made a difference for people and the places where they live, work, and play,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Projects such as the one led by Young Audiences and its partners help residents engage the arts to spark vitality in their communities.”
“Young Audiences of Western New York and CS1 Curatorial Projects have been jointly recommended for a $100,000 award that will allow the organizations to bring celebrated African-American artist Nick Cave to Buffalo for a year-long residency project called Plenty. The National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) Our Town grant will allow Cave to open an artistic dialogue between oft-disparate communities in Buffalo that include African-American, Burmese, German, Indian, Iraqi, Irish, Native-American, Hispanic, Polish, Somalian, Sudanese, and Ukrainian.” – Celebrated artist Nick Cave to initiate Inclusive Artistic Dialogue via unique creative measures. By Newell Nussbaumer. Buffalo Rising. May 23, 2016
Regarding the Mass MOCA Project: Looking past what he called the “bling bling, sparkle sparkle” factor of the exhibition is a grave theme: the fraught nexus of gun violence and race, in particular the deaths of African-Americans in police custody in places like Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere. Some of those wind spinners will have bullet and target images on them. The title has a straightforward meaning, he added: “Innocent until proven guilty, guilty until proven innocent.” The Artist Nick Cave Gets Personal About Race and Gun Violence. By Ted Loos. The New York Times. August 12, 2016
Suggested Links for further information on Nick Cave:
AS IS, Full-length documentary on Nick’s project in Shreveport, LA
AS IS, 2 minute teaser trailer
Until, MassMoCA installation
Nick Cave goes big at MassMoCA, Boston Globe, October 15, 2016
Art Rocks, Louisiana Public Radio (a nice 8 minute piece)
Nick Cave: Heard Detroit Sept, 26, 2015 Vimeo
Nick Cave dons mantle of an artist who inspires and elicits introspection, Washington Post, July 2, 2015
Nick Cave Hears Detroit, Art in America, July 20, 2015
PBS NewsHour short interview/doc with Nick and community and views of his studio