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New Year’s Eve at the IMA and a “Soundsuit” by Nick Cave

Today’s guest blogger is Vishant Shah, member of the planning committee for New Year’s Eve at the IMA and co-founder of Foundation East.

New Year’s Eve at the IMA is a great party and your ticket will also help the Museum acquire a Soundsuit by Nick Cave, a world-renowned contemporary artist and fashion designer. But what in the world is a Soundsuit?

Nick Cave (American, b. 1959), Soundsuit, 2013.  Photo by James Prinz. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Nick Cave (American, b. 1959), Soundsuit, 2013.
Photo by James Prinz. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Soundsuits are wearable sculptures that are bright, whimsical, and other-worldly. They have been exhibited all over the world – set in place as traditional sculpture or fully alive and in motion, out of museums and into the streets. Check out this video to see his Soundsuits in motion.

A Soundsuit is a multimedia piece comprised of a cornucopia of objects – second-hand sweaters covered with metal items to create tree-like body sculptures, found objects like an abacus obscuring the features of the wearer and creating miraculous sound as the wearer leaps about. Cave uses the term ‘second skin’ in describing his first Soundsuit, and I am excited to journey into Nick Cave’s universe on New Year’s Eve!

$25 of your ticket to New Year’s Eve at the IMA will help support the Soundsuit so that all of Indianapolis can experience this amazing work of art. At the event, you can purchase Nick Cave buttons or exquisite BASH party hats, and a portion of those funds will also support the acquisition. So wear them proudly! Online donations are also welcome.

Whether you are at the IMA to dance or party in the galleries, make it your resolution to stop by the Deer Zink Special Events Pavilion to check out the Soundsuit by Nick Cave.

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