Senga Nengudi

American, b. 1943

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Senga Nengudi

American, b. 1943

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Among the first artists to exhibit at Just Above Midtown, New York’s first gallery to regularly feature African American artists, Senga Nengudi expresses her ideas about the human body through performance-based sculptures and installations. Her best-known work R.S.V.P. (1975)—so called because the artist really wanted people to respond—was an installation of sand-filled, dark-hued pantyhose knotted and stretched into all directions. “It relates to the elasticity of the human body," Nengudi said. "From tender, tight beginnings to sagging… The body can only stand so much push and pull until it gives way." Her more recent work has included performative installations, variously incorporating ritual dance, sand painting, original music and videos, and cross-cultural references to the crafts of indigenous cultures around the world.

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Solo show at a major institution
The Studio Museum in Harlem
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Artforum, and 3 more
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Carnegie International, and 1 more
Biography

Among the first artists to exhibit at Just Above Midtown, New York’s first gallery to regularly feature African American artists, Senga Nengudi expresses her ideas about the human body through performance-based sculptures and installations. Her best-known work R.S.V.P. (1975)—so called because the artist really wanted people to respond—was an installation of sand-filled, dark-hued pantyhose knotted and stretched into all directions. “It relates to the elasticity of the human body," Nengudi said. "From tender, tight beginnings to sagging… The body can only stand so much push and pull until it gives way." Her more recent work has included performative installations, variously incorporating ritual dance, sand painting, original music and videos, and cross-cultural references to the crafts of indigenous cultures around the world.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Studio Museum in Harlem
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Carnegie International, and 1 more
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May 1st, 2019
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Feb 25th, 2019
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