Senga Nengudi

Topologies

More than 70 abstract artworks by Senga Nengudi are on view in Senga Nengudi: Topologies. The exhibition was organized by the Lenbachhaus Munich, in cooperation with the DAM. Concept and idea by Stephanie Weber, Lenbachhaus.

In this video Senga Nengudi discusses her career and offers a glimpse of her artistic practice, including her work with wire and nylons (two of the regular materials she uses). Watch her transform them into a kind of headdress or mask, challenging the viewer to think differently about these everyday materials.

Senga Nengudi, A.C.Q. I, 2016-2017. Dimensions variable. Installation dimensions at Sprüth Magers London: 78 3/4 × 178 × 126 inches. Collection of the Denver Art Museum, purchased with funds from the Contemporary Collectors’ Circle with additional support from Vicki and Kent Logan, Catherine Dews Edwards and Philip Edwards, Craig Ponzio, and Ellen and Morris Susman. © Senga Nengudi. Installation photography by Stephen White. Courtesy of Sprüth Magers, Thomas Erben Gallery, and Lévy Gorvy.

Senga Nengudi, Masked Taping, 1978/79. Contact sheet, silver gelatin print. 3 panels overall: 41x34 in. each. Edition 3/5 + 1 AP. Denver Art Museum: Purchased with funds from Contemporary Alliance, 2020.565A-C. © Senga Nengudi. Photography by Adam Avila. Courtesy of Sprüth Magers, Thomas Erben Gallery, and Lévy Gorvy.

Senga Nengudi, Performance Piece (detail, left panel), 1977. Gelatin silver print. 3 panels: 41 x 32 ½ in. Performer: Maren Hassinger. © Senga Nengudi. Original photography by and © of Harmon Outlaw. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München, KiCo Collection. Photo courtesy Lenbachhaus.

Senga Nengudi, Performance Piece (detail, center panel), 1977. Gelatin silver print. 3 panels: 41 x 32 ½ in. Performer: Maren Hassinger. © Senga Nengudi. Original photography by and © of Harmon Outlaw. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München, KiCo Collection. Photo courtesy Lenbachhaus.

Senga Nengudi, Performance Piece (detail, right panel), 1977. Gelatin silver print. 3 panels: 41 x 32 ½ in. Performer: Maren Hassinger. © Senga Nengudi. Original photography by and © of Harmon Outlaw. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München, KiCo Collection. Photo courtesy Lenbachhaus.

Senga Nengudi, Ceremony for Freeway Fets, 1978. 11 chromogenic prints. Original photo: Roderick 'Quaku' Young Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München, KiCo Collection. © Senga Nengudi 2019.

Senga Nengudi, Ceremony for Freeway Fets, 1978. 1 of 11 chromogenic prints. Original photo: Roderick 'Quaku' Young Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München, KiCo Collection. © Senga Nengudi 2019.

Senga Nengudi, Ceremony for Freeway Fets, 1978. 1 of 11 chromogenic prints. Original photo: Roderick 'Quaku' Young Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München, KiCo Collection. © Senga Nengudi 2019.

Senga Nengudi, Ceremony for Freeway Fets, 1978. 1 of 11 chromogenic prints. Original photo: Roderick 'Quaku' Young Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München, KiCo Collection. © Senga Nengudi 2019.

Senga Nengudi, Ceremony for Freeway Fets, 1978. 1 of 11 chromogenic prints. Original photo: Roderick 'Quaku' Young Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München, KiCo Collection. © Senga Nengudi 2019.

contact sheet images of Senga Nengudi's art performance where she put small bits of masking tape on her as she explored movement and elements of her African heritage of mask making, dance. rites and rituals

Senga Nengudi, Masked Taping, 1978/79. Contact sheet, silver gelatin prints. 3 panel: 41x34 in. Edition 3/5 + 1 AP. Collection of the Denver Art Museum, purchased with funds from Contemporary Alliance © Senga Nengudi. Photography by Adam Avila. Courtesy of Sprüth Magers, Thomas Erben Gallery, and Lévy Gorvy.

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Senga Nengudi: Topologies is organized by the Lenbachhaus Munich, in cooperation with the DAM. Concept and idea by Stephanie Weber, Lenbachhaus. Funding is provided by the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the residents who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine and CBS4.