Senga Nengudi, ‘Performance Piece’, 1978, The Studio Museum in Harlem

Circa 1970 at The Studio Museum in Harlem, November 17, 2016–March 5, 2017. Circa 1970 is organized by Lauren Haynes, former Associate Curator, Permanent Collection, at The Studio Museum in Harlem and now Curator, Contemporary Art, at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

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

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