Senga Nengudi

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Senga Nengudi
artist's name: Senga Nengudi
preferred medium: sculpture
nationality: US
born: 1943
born in: Chicago
lives in: Colorado Springs
artist's / gallery's website: Senga Nengudi

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Senga Nengudi - Profile

In 1975, artist Senga Nengudi began a series of sculptures, titled R.S.V.P., which evoke the elasticity and durability of the human body. Made of everyday materials such as pantyhose and sand, the works invite viewers not merely to respond but also to engage physically with them. Stretched and twisted, knotted and looped, the works occupy their space in the gallery much as a figure does – by projecting outward and reaching into the space in unexpected ways. This exhibition includes works from the 1970s to the present and will be the first museum presentation to examine these sculptures together and in such depth.

Senga Nengudi was born in 1943 in Chicago. She lives and works in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Her work has been included in the group exhibitions Out of Action: Between Performance and the Object  (MOCA, 1998), WACK! Art & The Feminist Revolution (MOCA, 2007) and Now Dig This! (The Hammer Museum, 2011). Her work is in the permanent collection of the Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, the Studio Museum in Harlem, MOCA, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Brooklyn Museum, among others. ( MCA - Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver)

10 important exhibitions with Senga Nengudi

Exhibition Exhibitor City Country Start date
57th Venice Biennale: Viva Arte Viva Biennale Venedig Venedig IT 13.05.2017
We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85 Brooklyn Museum of Modern Art Brooklyn US 21.04.2017
Senga Nengudi: Improvisational Gestures CAC - Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans New Orleans US 16.03.2017
Circa 1970 Studio Museum Harlem New York US 17.11.2016
Masterworks from the Hirshhorn Collection Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Washington US 09.06.2016
SELECTIONS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION: 1940–1980 The Museum of Contemporary Art - MOCA Los Angeles US 05.05.2015
Senga Nengudi: The Material Body MCA - Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver Denver US 10.04.2014
Looking Back: The Eighth White Columns Annual White Columns New York US 15.01.2014
Radical Presence Black Performance in Contemporary Art Studio Museum Harlem New York US 14.11.2013
Performa 13 Performa New York US 01.11.2013
Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (CAMH) Houston US 17.11.2012
Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960–1980 MoMA PS1 - Contemporary Art Center Long Island City US 21.10.2012
BLUES FOR SMOKE The Museum of Contemporary Art - MOCA Los Angeles US 09.07.2012
Contemporary Galleries MoMA - Museum of Modern Art New York US 17.11.2011
Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960 - 1980 UCLA Hammer Museum Los Angeles US 02.10.2011
Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981 The Museum of Contemporary Art - MOCA Los Angeles US 01.10.2011
L.A. Object and David Hammons Body Prints Roberts & Tilton Los Angeles US 30.06.2007
Senga Nengudi Fabric Workshop and Museum Philadelphia US 09.06.2007
54. Carnegie International 2004-5 Carnegie Museum of Art - CMA Pittsburg US 09.10.2004
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galleries representing Senga Nengudi:

Thomas Erben Gallery Dominique Lévy Gallery

10 important collections, in which Senga Nengudi is represented:

The Museum of Contemporary Art - MOCA

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important awards & residencies from Senga Nengudi:

Fabric Workshop - AIR