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

  • 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)



Other Exhibitions


Selected Press

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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