It wasn’t just the dazzling retrospective array of Nick Cave’s Soundsuits and other works, nor the newly commissioned pieces on display under the curation of Laura Mott, that made this exhibition so outstanding — it was the consistent engagement with Detroiters of all stripes in the creation of original dance pieces, photo and video shoots, and public celebrations that transcended traditional divisions between the city proper and its more affluent and whiter suburbs. The connections fostered by Here Hear will not soon be forgotten. The events, much like the Soundsuits themselves, carried profound social critique beneath their appealing and colorful exteriors. An awing spectacle with a resounding message.
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