Stephanie and Bill Sick Professor of Fashion, Body and Garment Nick Cave's Soundsuit graces the cover of the UChicago Arts spring 2018 events and exhibitions guide. Cave's work will be featured alongside that of alumni Trevor Paglen (MFA 2002), Joan Mitchell (BFA 1947), and Kerry James Marshall (HON 2017) in Expanding Narratives: The Figure and the Ground, an upcoming exhibition at University of Chicago's Smart Museum of Art. Opening April 24, The Figure and the Ground recontextualizes the figure-ground dichotomy in art through the display of landscape paintings, abstraction, sculptures and installations, inviting the viewer to consider anew the concept of visual representation and their own perception within the space of the museum.
It is the first of the three-part exhibition series, Expanding Narratives, which aims to highlight the museum's role in narrative construction, and to expand the possiblities through the acquistion and display of new work. The ambitious project is the realization of a vision Ali Gass (appointed the Dana Feitler Director of the Smart Museum in May 2017) first shared in an August 2017 interview with Chicago magazine when she stated, "I want to create exhibitions that look at trends across global communities."