“Animating Park Avenue Armory with the sights, sounds, and movement of renowned interdisciplinary artist Nick Cave, The Let Go transforms the Armory’s Wade Thompson Drill Hall into a dance-based town hall that brings together visitors to participate in a collective act of catharsis. The Armory’s 2018 visual arts commission builds on Cave’s hybrid, multisensory practice with an ambitious project—encompassing performance, installation, dance-based encounters, and soundtracks by some of New York’s leading DJs—that provides a backdrop for audiences to dispel negativity and uplift one another. The Let Go features a series of soundsuits—wearable sculptures that create a second skin to conceal race, gender, and class, that come to life in a new ‘Up Right’ performance conceived for the Armory’s historic interiors.” — Park Avenue Armory
“The Let Go is a testament to Nick’s unwavering commitment to uplifting communities and affecting change through art. His participatory performances have become some of the most beloved experiences to be found in the contemporary art landscape today,” said Tom Eccles, curator of The Let Go. “It is exciting to bring his energy and aesthetic to the Armory, creating a project that includes all New Yorkers in its realization.”
All images: The Let Go, an immersive performance and installation by Nick Cave at Park Avenue Armory. Photos by Da Ping Luo.
The Let Go is produced by the artist, Bob Faust and Park Avenue Armory, and curated by Tom Eccles.
Images courtesy Park Avenue Armory.