Senga Nengudi was born in 1943 in Chicago, IL. Her solo exhibitions include Senga Nengudi, Dominique Lévy, New York (2015), Senga Nengudi: Improvisational Gestures, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Gallery of Contemporary Art, Colorado Springs (2015); Performances, 1976-81, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York (2013); Lov U, Warehouse Gallery, Syracuse University (2012); Warp Trance, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia (2007); R.S.V.P. Retrospective, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York (2003); Vestige - "The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus" S.D., Just Above Midtown Gallery, New York (1981); and Répondez s'il-vous-plaît, Just Above Midtown Gallery, New York (1977).
The artist has participated in various group exhibitions including Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (2012-2013, traveling); Blues for Smoke, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2012-13, traveling); Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960-1980, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2011, traveling); Under the Big Black Sun, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2011); Los Angeles Goes Live: Los Angeles Performance Art, 1970-1983, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (2011); Video Studio: Playback, The Studio Museum in Harlem (2011); WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2007, traveling); Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary, Museum of Art and Design, New York (2008); Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art since 1970, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (2005); 54th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2004); Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object, 1949-1979, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1998); Afro-American Art in the Twentieth Century: Three Episodes, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY (1980); AfroAmerican Abstractions, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY (1980); Freeway Fets, public art project, freeway underpass, Los Angeles (1979); The Concept as Art, Just Above Midtown Gallery, New York (1977); California Black Artists, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (1977); and Sapphire Show, Gallery 32, Los Angeles (1970).
Nengudi’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NY; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; Brooklyn Museum, NY; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY.
Senga Nengudi lives and works in Colorado Springs, CO.