Senga Nengudi

Senga Nengudi

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.


Selected Works

  • Senga Nengudi.
    Performance Piece (Detail 1 of 3 prints),
    Silver gelatin prints,
    40 x 31 1/2 inches (101.6 x 80 cm),
    31 1/2 x 40 inches (80 x 101.6 cm),
    31 1/2 x 40 inches (80 x 101.6 cm).
    © Senga Nengudi.

  • Senga Nengudi.
    Performance Piece,
    Silver gelatin prints,
    40 x 31 1/2 inches (101.6 x 80 cm),
    31 1/2 x 40 inches (80 x 101.6 cm),
    31 1/2 x 40 inches (80 x 101.6 cm).
    © Senga Nengudi.

  • Senga Nengudi.
    A.C.Q. III,
    Refrigerator parts, nylon pantyhose,
    132 x 96 inches (335.3 x 243.8 cm).
    © Senga Nengudi.

  • Senga Nengudi.
    Ceremony for Freeway Fets,
    11 C-prints,
    Each photograph, vertical: 18 x 12 inches (45.7 x 30.5 cm),
    Each photograph, large horizontal: 13 x 18 inches (33 x 45.7 cm),
    Each photograph, small horizontal: 12 x 18 inches (30.5 x 45.7 cm).
    Overall installation: variable.
    © Senga Nengudi.
    Photo: Quaku / Roderick Young.

  • Senga Nengudi.
    Nylon mesh and sand.
    71 5/8 x 59 7/8 x 24 inches (182 x 152 x 61 cm).
    © Senga Nengudi.



Other Exhibitions

Selected Press

The Skinny | Hold Water: Senga Nengudi's Solo Show in Edinburgh

March 12, 2019

Senga Nengudi is one of the foremost of the avant garde black art scene extending from the 1970s in the …

Artforum | College Art Association Announces Its 2019 Award Recipients

January 18, 2019

Honorees of this year’s College Art Association awards include Howardena Pindell, Ursula von Rydingsvard, …

The Baltimore Sun | Baltimore Museum of Art acquires 48 new works, some with funds from sale of major pieces

December 19, 2018

The acquisitions, announced today by museum officials, include paintings by Meleko Mokgosi and Amy Sherald; …

Ursula | Making Doors - Linda Goode Bryant in Conversation with Senga Nengudi

December 1, 2018

The following conversation between Bryant and Nengudi was recorded in Bryant's Upper West Side apartment …

Makers & Founders | Senga Nengudi

November 15, 2018

Senga Nengudi was born in 1943 in Chicago, IL. Her solo exhibitions include Senga Nengudi, Dominique …

Sculpture | "Senga Nengudi"

October 30, 2018

As far as symbolism is concerned, certain materials arrive ready-made, freighted with meaning. The protean …

Frieze | Yield To Touch

October 15, 2018

As a member of a radical generation of Los Angeles-based artists who emerged during the turbulent Civil …

Culture Type | Looking in London: 10 Exhibitions to See This Season Featuring Kerry James Marshall, Julie Mehretu, and Adam Pendleton Among Others

October 7, 2018

This career-spanning exhibition is described as the most comprehensive to date of Senga Nengudi. Her …

Hyperallergic | “Being Born Black in America Is a Political Act”: An Interview With Senga Nengudi

September 25, 2018

In advance of her first retrospective outside the US, avant-garde artist Senga Nengudi discusses her …

ARTnews | ‘Interrogate the World as It Is and Imagine How It Could Be’: Four Trailblazing Artists in ‘Soul of a Nation’ Discuss the Show and Their Careers

September 20, 2018

After stops at Tate Modern in London and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, …

Artnet | Here Are 5 Women Artists Who Dominated Berlin Gallery Weekend, Despite Evidence of German Gender Bias

May 3, 2018

Senga Nengudi was born in 1943 in Chicago, IL. Her solo exhibitions include Senga Nengudi, Dominique …

Los Angeles Times | Spring art exhibitions that transport to Laguna, Teotihuacan, Iran and beyond

March 22, 2018

Nengudi, whose work is also on view in a survey at USC Fisher Museum of Art, was among a major group …

Modern Art Notes Podcast | SENGA NENGUDI

March 8, 2018

Senga Nengudi came to prominence in the 1960s and 1970s with abstract sculpture made from common materials, …

The New York Times | A Groundbreaking Show Presents a New, Inclusive Vision of American Art

February 15, 2018

Then the show turns to work by the second group, an imposing cadre of trained artists working in Los …

Vogue | The Women to Watch at Art Basel Miami

December 5, 2017

Senga Nengudi, the increasingly influential artist who works with objects familiar to women’s everyday …

Chicago Tribune | Senga Nengudi stretches the limits of womanhood

September 20, 2017

“I don’t believe in spoon-feeding the meaning of a piece,” she says. “That’s why I called my …

The New York Times | The 10 Best Things We Saw at the Venice Biennale

May 16, 2017

Senga Nengudi debuted her “R.S.V.P.” sculptures in the ’70s, and since then the artist has continually …

Artnews | A Look at ‘Viva Arte Viva,’ the Hippie, Heal-the-World Venice Biennale

May 9, 2017

From the moment you walk into the main pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale, it is apparent that the …

Flash Art | Christine Macel on VIVA ARTE VIVA / 57th Venice Biennale

May 3, 2017

“VIVA ARTE VIVA” is the title of the 57th International Art Exhibition in Venice, curated by Christine …

Vogue | Beyond the French Quarter: Experiencing New Orleans Like a Local

April 25, 2017

The CAC’s talented head curator, and former New Yorker, Andrea Andersson, is the brains behind two …

Artsy | The 20 Best Booths at The Armory Show

March 2, 2017

This sparse but powerful presentation convenes both the historic and recent works of radical performance …

Art News | Visions for Pantyhose and Sand: Senga Nengudi’s Booth at the Armory Show

March 2, 2017

Senga Nengudi, who started her career in the fertile African-American art scene of 1960s and ’70s Los …

The Seattle Times | Artist Senga Nengudi uses pantyhose in surprising ways

September 14, 2016

“Senga Nengudi: Improvisational Gestures,” at the Henry Art Gallery, surveys her sculpture, performance …

Artforum | Senga Nengudi

September 1, 2015

Senga Nengudi trained as both an artist and a dancer in the 1960s and continues to work across a variety …

Hyperallergic | The Improvised Body: The Reemergence of Senga Nengudi

September 6, 2014

The artist Senga Nengudi was recently honored with dual retrospectives of her work at Denver’s Museum …

Artforum | Senga Nengudi

April 3, 2014

WHEN I BEGAN WORKING, it was very personal. I wanted to express how I was feeling about my body and my mind.

The New York Times | Senga Nengudi: ‘Performances 1976-81’

February 14, 2013

Senga Nengudi was recently featured in “Now Dig This! Art & Black Los Angeles 1960-1980” at MoMA …

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