Born in Chicago in 1943, currently living and working in Colorado Springs, Senga Negundi is an African-American artist expressing her exploration of the human body through performance-based sculptures and installations. Her best-known work R.S.V.P. (1975), created with the aim of encouraging a response from the viewer, was an installation of sand-filled, dark-hued pantyhose knotted and stretched into all directions. Her more recent work includes performative installations incorporating ritual dance, sand painting, music and videos, involving cross-cultural references to the crafts of indigenous cultures around the world.

Senga Nengudi
Chicago, 1943

Past Exhibitions

Senga Nengudi: Wet Night Early Dawn

Institute of Contemporary Art Miami – ICA
01/12/2017 — 30/04/2018

Curated by?

Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
30/06/2016 — 16/10/2016

Solo Shows


Senga Nengudi, Dominique Lévy, New York Senga Nengudi, GOCA 1420, Colorado Springs, CO

Inner Symphony (Lecture Demonstration), Packard Hall, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO


Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris (with Melvin Edwards) Senga Nengudi: The Material Body, MCA Denver, CO

Senga Nengudi: The Performing Body, Redline Gallery, Denver, CO

Alt, Inside the White Cube, White Cube Gallery London 2013 Performances 1986 – 81, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York


Lov U Warehouse Gallery, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY


Warp Trance Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA


Asp-Rx Thomas Erben Gallery, New York


Prospect Lake Phototroph Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO (under the pseudonym Propecia Leigh)


R.S.V.P. Thomas Erben Gallery, New York

2002 Watch! Wooten Studio/Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO


Masking It Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, CO

Widefield Wildfield, CO

Group Shows


Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947 – 2016, Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, Los Angeles


Tony Conrad, Senga Nengudi, Toshiko Takaezu, Essex Street, New York


Looking Back – the Eighth White Columns Annual, White Columns, New York, NY

African American Artists and Abstraction, National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, Cuba


Blues for Smoke, Whitney Museum, New York


Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, TX (Traveled to the Grey Art Gallery, New York University, 2013; and The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014)

Now Dig This – Art & Black Los Angeles 1960-1980, MoMA PS1, New York, NY Blues for Smoke, MoCA, Los Angeles, CA

Contemporary Galleries: 1980 – Now, MoMA, New York

Alles Neu Neuer Kunstverein Aschaffenburg, Aschaffenburg, Germany


Now Dig This – Art & Black Los Angeles 1960-1980 Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA and MoMA PS1, New York, NY

Under the Big Black Sun Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Goes Live: Los Angeles Performance Art, 1970-1983 LACE galleries (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) Places of Validation, Art & Progression California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Civic Virtue: The Impact of the Municipal Art Gallery and the Watts Towers Art Center Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Dance/Draw Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA and Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY

Women Embodied Sangre de Cristo Art Center, Pueblo, CO


Threads Eli Klein Gallery, Bejing, China

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Chicago Country of birth: USA Date of birth: 1943 Lives in: Colorado Springs, USA