Exotic Muses:
Dancers by Robert Henri and Nick Cave

January 24 - July 8, 2012 

Past

Separated by a century, American “Ashcan” painter Robert Henri (1865–1929) and contemporary sculptor and performance artist Nick Cave (born in 1959) share a commitment to the human figure. More precisely, Henri was and Cave continues to be inspired by the bodies of dancers as emblems of unrestrained personal and cultural expression. This six-object installation, featuring a celebrated Henri painting from the Mead’s collection (Salome Dancer, 1909) and loans from the Colby College Museum of Art and two private collections, explores the artists’ representations of dancers as exotic “Others”—alluring, and perhaps unsettling, personifications of difference. This exhibition is supported by the Hall and Kate Peterson Fund and Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson.
 
On April 27, 2012, Nick Cave visited the Mead and gave a public conversation about his work. Watch the full conversation here.
 
Exhibition Checklist:

Robert Henri, Spanish Dancer with Cigarette, 1905-1905
Robert Henri
Spanish Dancer with Cigarette, 1904-1905
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Nick Cave
Soundsuit, 2010
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Robert Henri
La Reina Mora, 1906
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Soundsuit, 2011
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Robert Henri, Salome Dancer, 1909
Robert Henri
Salome Dancer, 1909
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Nick Cave
Soundsuit, 2011
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