Senga Nengudi, Mesh Mirage Studio Performance, 1977, paper, nylon mesh from the press release Senga Nengudi: The Performing Body Curated by Elissa Auther June 6–July 20, 2014 Opening: Friday, June 6, 2014 Member & VIP Reception: 6–7 pm Public Reception: 7–10 pm The exhibition Senga Nengudi: The Performing Body explores the artist’s performances created since the 1970s. Senga Nengudi came of age as an artist in Los Angeles in the late 1960s as part of Studio Z, an extraordinary collective of African-American artists distinguished by their unique experimentation with materials and improvisational ways of working. Nengudi’s own work since this time has been typified by a hybrid blend of sculpture, performance, and more recently video, that melds the body in movement and ritual with the use of common, everyday materials, including plastic sheeting, nylon mesh, masking tape, and sand. This exhibition will document seven of the artist’s performances through the creative juxtaposition of performance-related photographs and relics alongside three additional installations that extend her performance work into painting and video. Additionally, the exhibition will incorporate new performances by Nengudi conceived to engage Denver’s creative community and the broader general public.
A partner exhibition of sculpture from the 1970s to the present, Senga Nengudi: The Material Body, will be on view concurrently at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver in conjunction with RedLine’s presentation.Senga Nengudi lives and works in Colorado Springs, CO. Her work has been included in the group exhibitions Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art (Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 2012), Now Dig This! (The Hammer Museum, 2011), WACK! Art & The Feminist Revolution (MOCA, 2007), and Out of Action: Between Performance and the Object (MOCA, 1998). 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.