BOISE — Sculptor and performance artist Nick Cave is known worldwide for his Soundsuits — eight-foot-tall, extravagant sculptures covered in vivid arrays of beads, sequins, doilies, buttons, embroidery, woven and knitted materials, vintage toys and all manner of curious objects, so named because of the sounds they make when in motion.
Cave joins dancers from Ballet Idaho in a live kinetic Soundsuit performance as they highlight the Boise Art Museum’s opening party in observance of its 75th anniversary. The event takes place Saturday. The anniversary exhibition runs through Nov. 4 at BAM.
Cave’s exhibition, entitled “Meet Me at the Center of the Earth,” is full of wondrous, wearable sculptures that evoke rich and varied associations of ritual, myth, ceremony and identity. Cave invites viewers to join him at the “Center of the Earth,” as he offers a vision of the world turned upside down and inside out — a place of imagination and celebration. Through this exhibition and accompanying programs, BAM hopes to celebrate community, diversity, creativity and imagination.
Nick Cave: “Meet Me at the Center of the Earth” has been organized by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. Support for the creation of this exhibition was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.