Senga Nengudi

Thomas Erben Gallery, Lévy Gorvy, and Sprüth Magers (JAM1)

Senga Nengudi, Performance Piece, 1978, black and white photograph, 83 × 104 cm. Courtesy: the artist, Thomas Erben gallery, New York, and Lévy Gorvy, London and New York; photograph: Harmon Outlaw

Senga Nengudi (b. 1942; lives and works in Colorado Springs, Colorado)

Senga Nengudi’s work sits at the forefront of contemporary sculptural, photographic and performance-based practices. A member of the African-American avant-garde of the 1970s and 1980s, she has continued to create evocative works that explore the physical and psychological limits of the human body in relation to the outside world.

Thomas Erben Gallery, Lévy Gorvy, and Sprüth Magers present the rich multimedia work of Senga Nengudi. The artist is best known for her ground-breaking, R.S.V.P. series, which incorporates nylon stockings and various everyday and industrial materials into supple, entwining sculptures that recall attenuated bodies, viscera and other organic matter. The R.S.V.P. works also inspired performances by Nengudi and fellow artist-performer Maren Hassinger, in which they arched, contorted and concealed their bodies in relation to the sculptures.

Recent solo exhibitions include those at USC Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles (2018), Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (2017-18), Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans (2017), Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (2016), and Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (2014). Group exhibitions include the Venice Biennale (2017) and others at Brooklyn Museum, New York (2017); Whitney Museum, New York (2013), and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (2012).