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Arts & Life

KCAI Alum Nick Cave's Soundsuits

courtesy of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2005 Found sequined and beaded materials, hand sewn, mixed media, mannequin and armature 100 x 26 x 14"

The Kansas City Art Institute includes a who's who roster of artists who've studied or taught at the college in its 125-year history. Among the notable figures: animator Walt Disney took Saturday classes as a child; Thomas Hart Benton headed the painting department from 1935 - 1941; Robert Rauschenberg studied fashion design in 1948; and Nick Cave graduated in 1982 from the fiber department. Cave's Soundsuits will be featured at a performance this weekend.

By Laura Spencer


Kansas City, MO – Nick Cave honed his skills in sewing and dancing during his time in Kansas City - and these are combined in Cave's wearable, mixed media sculptures called Soundsuits. Cave remembers creating his first Soundsuit soon after the news came out about the Rodney King beating in Los Angeles.

The Kansas City Art Institute's 125th anniversary gala
February 20, 2010, 6:30-11:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom, Kansas City Convention Center.
Tickets: $150 and up (guests 35 and younger, $125).
Includes the Cave performance, dinner, drinks and dancing.
On-line ticket sales are closed. Tickets may be purchased by check or credit card at the event from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

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