Since the 1960s, Senga Nengudi’s work has engaged feminist considerations of space through material experiments and performative rituals. She is best known for a body of work developed in the 1970s which animates sculptural arrangements of everyday materials with elements of dance and improvisation; her R.S.V.P. series, which employs hosiery and sand in dynamic tension, has achieved iconic status within both the Feminist and Black Arts Movements. Yet despite this recognition, Nengudi is largely understudied and underrepresented in art collections. Dia Art Foundation will present an exhibition at the Beacon space that will eschew the familiar work in favor of a focused presentation of three ambitiously-scaled projects that will introduce audiences to the complexity and depth of her practice.
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