Schooled by Nick Cave

Situated on five acres in Kinderhook, New York (just about 13 miles from Hudson), The School opens its doors for the first time on May 17th with a special performance by Nick Cave. Jack Shainman Gallery has taken over the former school to create a unique art exhibition space; with the help of architect Antonio Jimenez Torrecillas, The School’s gymnasium and classrooms have been reworked into galleries, while the surrounding lawns will provide a home for site-specific installations and sculpture.


The School is not the first educational building turned exhibition space—the SPRING/BREAK Art Show during Armory Arts Week in March utilizes a defunct school building, Old School, in NoLIta for four stories of converted gallery space.

For its kickoff exhibition, The School will present an exhibition by artist and performer Nick Cave, featuring his latest works. The opening fête on the 17th will include a Soundsuit Invasion, alongside a locally-sourced dinner, music by DJ April Hunt, and a photo booth (definitely a reason to make the journey up north). This upcoming show will serve as a little glimpse into the September exhibition of Cave’s evolving sculptural work at Jack Shainman Gallery’s Chelsea locations. 

The School’s opening party will take place May 17, 2014 at 4-9 p.m. (with Nick Cave’s performance starting at 5 p.m.) at 25 Broad Street, Kinderhook, New York. Train and driving directions are provided on the gallery’s site.

-Kate Haveles

Check out some of Cave’s Soundsuits and sculpture work:


Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2014, mixed media including fabric, buttons, antique sifter, and wire, 82 1/2 x 22 x 21 inches, NC14.003


Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2012, buttons, wire, bugle beads, found object (abacus), upholstery, and mannequin, Approximately 79.92 x 24.80 x 19.69 inches, NC12.012


Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2013, mixed media including fabric, crochet blanket, doilies, and sequins, 108 x 27 x 14 inches, NC13.036


Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2011, mixed media, 121 x 42 x 33 inches, NC11.054


Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2013, mixed media including fabric, buttons, and burial wreath, 97 x 30 x 33 inches, NC13.016


Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2012, mixed media, Approximately 140 x 42 x 33 inches, NC12.014


Nick Cave, Sculpture, 2013, mixed media including ceramic birds, metal flowers, ceramic Doberman, vintage setee, and light fixture, 88 x 72 x 44 inches, NC13.019

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