Nuki Nuki: Across 118th St.,1982. 1982/2014. Nylon mesh and wooden slates, 84 x 120 x 72 inches. Photo by Ron Pollard.
The Material Body
April 10, 2014–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 space in unexpected ways. Senga Nengudi: The Material Body included works from the 1970s to the present and was the first museum presentation to examine these sculptures together and in such depth.
Senga Nengudi was born in 1943 in Chicago. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; USC Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles; DePaul Art Museum, Chicago; and White Cube, London. She lives and works in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Nora Burnett Abrams, Ellen Bruss Curator
MCA Denver would like to thank Tina Walls for helping to underwrite this exhibition. Additional support was provided by the MCA Denver Director's Vision Society and the Colorado Creative Industries. MCA Denver also thanks the citizens of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.