senga nengudi: The material Body
April 10–july 13, 2014
In 1975, artist Senga Nengudi began a series of sculptures, titled R.S.V.P., which evoke the elasticity and durability of the human body. Made of everyday materials such as pantyhose and sand, the works invite viewers not merely to respond but also to engage physically with them. Stretched and twisted, knotted and looped, the works occupy their space in the gallery much as a figure does – by projecting outward and reaching into the space in unexpected ways. This exhibition includes works from the 1970s to the present and will be the first museum presentation to examine these sculptures together and in such depth.
A partner exhibition, Senga Nengudi: The Performing Body will be on view concurrently at RedLine in conjunction with MCA Denver’s presentation.
Senga Nengudi was born in 1943 in Chicago. She lives and works in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Her work has been included in the group exhibitions Out of Action: Between Performance and the Object (MOCA, 1998), WACK! Art & The Feminist Revolution (MOCA, 2007) and Now Dig This! (The Hammer Museum, 2011). Her work is in the permanent collection of the Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, the Studio Museum in Harlem, MOCA, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Brooklyn Museum, among others.
MCA Denver would like to thank Tina Walls for helping to underwrite this exhibition. Additional support has been provided by the MCA Denver Director's Vision Society and the Colorado Creative Industries.
image: Senga Nengudi. Untitled, 2011. Nylon, mesh, sand and mixed media, 60 x 72 x 8 in. Khanna Family Collection, India