Senga Nengudi, ‘Eggactly’, 1996, Thomas Erben Gallery

Image rights: Courtesy the artist and Thomas Erben Gallery, New York.

About Senga Nengudi

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.

American, b. 1943, Chicago, Illinois, based in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Group Shows

New York,
Tilton Gallery at Expo Chicago 2012

Fair History on Artsy

Art+Culture Projects at EXPO CHICAGO 2017
Art+Culture Projects at EXPO CHICAGO 2016
Tilton Gallery at Art Basel 2011