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The Dirty South Weekend: Artist Talk with Nick Cave

Talk/Lecture
Great Hall
$12 ($10 for members)
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Painting of a black man wearing a white mask
Fahamu Pecou, Dobale to the Spirit, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 60 1/4 x 48 1/4 x 2 1/4 in. Courtesy Fahamu Pecou

Join exhibition artist Nick Cave for a discussion and exploration of our temporary exhibition, The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse. Drawing from his experiences and career as an artist and educator, Nick will shed new light on the themes and ideas behind his acclaimed Soundsuits and The Dirty South. Full of insight and unique perspectives, this discussion promises to be informative, fascinating, and entertaining.

Tickets are $12 ($10 for members), reserve your spot online or with Guest Services at (479) 657-2335 today.

About Nick Cave

Artist Nick Cave

Nick Cave is an artist, educator, and foremost a messenger, working between the visual and performing arts through a wide range of mediums including sculpture, installation, video, sound, and performance. Cave is well known for his Soundsuits, sculptural forms based on the scale of his body, initially created in direct response to the police beating of Rodney King in 1991. Soundsuits camouflage the body, masking and creating a second skin that conceals race, gender, and class, forcing the viewer to look without judgment. They serve as a visual embodiment of social justice that represent both brutality and empowerment.

Throughout his practice, Cave has created spaces of memorial through combining found historical objects with contemporary dialogues on gun violence and death, underscoring the anxiety of severe trauma brought on by catastrophic loss. The figure remains central as Cave casts his own body in bronze, an extension of the performative work so critical to his oeuvre. Cave reminds us, however, that while there may be despair, there remains space for hope and renewal. From dismembered body parts stem delicate metal flowers, affirming the potential of new growth. Cave encourages a profound and compassionate analysis of violence and its effects as the path towards an ultimate metamorphosis. While Cave’s works are rooted in our current societal moment, when progress on issues of global warming, racism, and gun violence (both at the hands of citizens and law enforcement) seem maddeningly stalled, he asks how we may reposition ourselves to recognize the issues, come together on a global scale, instigate change, and ultimately heal.

About The Dirty South Weekend

For one weekend only, July 15 – 17, we’re bringing together hip-hop artists, poets, scholars, and more for a multi-day event designed to explore the themes of The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse like never before. Come immerse yourself in the sounds and stories of The Dirty South as we celebrate a century of southern Black culture.

Sponsored by: Harrison and Rhonda French Family | Ramsay, Jaquita and Sarah Ball | Catherine and Stephan Roche | Esther Silver-Parker | Deborah Wright. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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