Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
At the forefront of the African-American avant-garde in Los Angeles and New York in the 1960s and 1970s, Senga Nengudi was first recognized for her anthropomorphic nylon mesh sculptures, such as Inside/Outside. The bulbous stockings twist and strain under the weight of the sand they contain, calling to mind both the rhythm of a swinging pendulum and exposed internal organs. The work also conjures the image of a traditional African headdress, telling of Nengudi’s interest in African philosophy and ritual. The artist’s background as a dancer and choreographer informs her practice, and she has often utilized works such as Inside/Outside in her own performances, testing the limit of her constructions by wearing and stretching the nylons to the brink of bursting.
Nylon, mesh, rubber
approx.: 60 x 24 in. (152.4 x 61.0 cm) (show scale)
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Gift of Burt Aaron, the Council for Feminist Art, and the Alfred T. White Fund
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Senga Nengudi (American, born 1943). Inside/Outside, 1977. Nylon, mesh, rubber
, approx.: 60 x 24 in. (152.4 x 61.0 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Burt Aaron, the Council for Feminist Art, and the Alfred T. White Fund, 2011.21. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2011.21_PS4.jpg)
overall, 2011.21_PS4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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