An Artist Renegotiates Race through Found Objects

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Crowds attend the opening of Nick Cave's "Until" at Mass MoCA
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Nick Cave, a Chicago-based visual artist, has been making politically charged work since the 1992 police beating of Rodney King. That was when he first made what he calls a "soundsuit" — an intricately constructed costume that allows performers to step inside and create noise through expressive movements.

His newest installation, "Until," represents a significant step in Cave's career. In it, he chose to fill a vast exhibition space with thousands of found objects, some of which are racially offensive in their original forms. According to the artist, these items need to be examined and re-imagined rather than pushed aside.

"Until" opened last month at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts and will be on display through next fall. Nick Cave joins The Takeaway today to discuss his project. Check out some photos form the exhibit below.