Nick Cave (Not That One) Soundsuits Exhibit at UCLA Fowler Museum, Opening Night Party w/ Requisite KCRW DJ (J. Bentley), Sat. Jan. 9

Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth
January 10, 2010 to May 30, 2010 — Opening Night Party Sat, Jan 9, 2010 featuring music by KCRW’s Jason Bentley
Free–apart from paying to park at UCLA (What is it these days? $40?)

Experience the largest presentation of work by Chicago-based artist Nick Cave, featuring thirty-five of his Soundsuits—multi-layered, mixed-media sculptures named for the sounds made when the “suits” are worn. Reminiscent of African, Caribbean and other ceremonial ensembles as well as of haute couture, Cave’s work explores issues of transformation, ritual, myth and identity. His virtuosic constructions incorporate yarn, sequins, bottle caps, vintage toys, rusted iron sticks, hair, and more. Mad, humorous, visionary, glamorous and unexpected, the Soundsuits are created from scavenged ordinary materials that Cave re-contextualizes into extraordinary works of art. The Fowler is the first LA-area museum to feature Cave’s work and the only Southern California venue for this traveling exhibition.

Watch out for this around town:

In addition, the Fowler is partnering with dancers and choreographers in UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures to create a series of performance-interventions (termed by Nick Cave’ “Soundsuit Invasions”) in and around Los Angeles that will animate a special set of wearable Soundsuits. Times and locations for these Soundsuit Invasions will be announced via the Fowler’s Fowler’s Twitter feed and Facebook page

Wouldn’t it be HILARIOUS if the Soundsuiters hopped on the Metro at the same time as the No Pants Riders this weekend?