In advance of her first retrospective outside the US, avant-garde artist Senga Nengudi discusses her emergence onto an international stage after a long career.
Dialectics of Entanglement: Do We Exist Together? revisits A.I.R.’s 1980 exhibition Dialectics of Isolation, important for its promotion of women artists of color at a time when the New York art world was painfully exclusive and discriminatory.
Opening this Saturday at Landing Gallery, Signifying Form features sculpture by African American women artists working in Los Angeles between 1935 and 2016.
The artist Senga Nengudi was recently honored with dual retrospectives of her work at Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art and RedLine Gallery. The MCA featured the black and brown pantyhose of her long-running R.S.V.P. series, which was stretched, contorted, and knotted into abstract echoes of everything from hair and genitalia to masks and musical notation.
On first glance, some may wonder why MoMA PS1, a New York contemporary art museum, has just opened a historical exhibition of art from Los Angeles. But as MoMA PS1 curator Peter Eleey explained at the press preview last week, the show in question, Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960–1980, actually has a connection to the New York institution.