Students in the Purdue Contemporary Dance Company suit
up in artist Nick Cave’s colorful and textural creations for a
“Soundsuit Invasion” during Spring Fest 2015. The soundsuits,
which combine aspects of fashion, sculpture, and dance,
were created by Cave, professor and chair of the Fashion
Department at the Art Institute of Chicago. The dancers were
accompanied by student and faculty musicians from Purdue
University Bands and the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of
Visual and Performing Arts. Purdue Galleries acquired two of
the soundsuits for the Lonsford Collection, named after the
late Florence H. Lonsford, a Purdue graduate and artist.
Cave’s designs are frequently exhibited in live performance
“invasions,” with soundsuits of fabric, faux fur, and raffia, as
well as in galleries around the world in sculptural forms made
of found objects. Photo by Mark Simons.