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Nick Cave, NA: The Let Go

  • THOMPSON ARTS CENTER AT PARK AVENUE ARMORY 643 Park Avenue New York, NY, 10065 United States (map)
“one of the most popular contemporary artists [who] turns his serious ideas into buoyant aesthetic concepts” The New York Times

Challenging conventions of what it means to be a visual artist, performer, crafter, and educator, Nick Cave, NA, works between a wide range of mediums inclusive of sculpture, installation, video, sound, and performance to serve as an agent for change and ultimately heal through his art. Commissioned by the Armory, this interdisciplinary artist is creating a dance-based town hall to which the community of New York is invited to “let go.” This ambitious new work—a hybrid installation, performance, gathering and dancing environment—acts as an alternative platform for viewers to speak their minds through movement, work out frustrations, and celebrate independence as well as community.

The reimagined Wade Thompson Drill Hall allows for social gatherings and is activated with a massive, multi-colored mylar curtain, a series of live performances and soundtracks curated by some of New York’s best DJs and dance-based encounters. Also on display in the Armory’s historic rooms are a collection of Cave’s “Up Right” soundsuits, wearable sculptures that create a second skin to conceal race, gender, and class to force the viewer to observe without judgment.

Nick Cave and the Armory will invite community-based groups citywide to “let go”—from dance groups to business people, hula hoopers to yoga and Tai Chi practitioners, and, of course, schools from across all boroughs. Additional evening performances and community engagement activities include artistic responses from prominent performers in other fields as well as a series of Cave’s own “Up Right” performances, a call to arms where the soundsuits are engaged in a transformative journey to face the forces that stand in the way of selfhood.


Artist Talk: The Let Go
Thursday, June 7 at 6:00pm
Tickets: $15


Nick Cave explores the inspirations, ideas, and creative development of his installation with a range of artistic collaborators and responders.

An Evening of Artistic Responses: The Let Go
Tuesday, June 26 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $45


Artists from various disciplines respond to the installation in an evening of site-specific performative responses curated by Nick Cave.