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Senga Nengudi

Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art

At the forefront of the African American avant-garde in Los Angeles and New York in the 1970s, Senga Nengudi was first recognized for her anthropomorphic nylon mesh sculptures, such as Inside/Outside. The artist’s background as a dancer and choreographer informs her practice, and she has often made use of her sculptures in her own performances, testing the limits of her constructions by wearing and stretching the nylons to the brink of bursting.

During this period, Nengudi was involved with a multitude of spaces and collaborators, including Just Above Midtown Gallery and the dancer Blondell Cummings. Inside/Outside was included in her 1977 exhibition at Just Above Midtown, and she was also represented in Dialectics of Isolation: An Exhibition of Third World Women Artists of the United States in 1980.
MEDIUM Nylon, mesh, rubber
DATES 1977
DIMENSIONS approx.: 60 x 24 in. (152.4 x 61 cm) storage (using the fitted tray prepared by Paul Speh for loan): 8 × 55 × 24 in. (20.3 × 139.7 × 61 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Gift of Burt Aaron, the Council for Feminist Art, and the Alfred T. White Fund
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Senga Nengudi (American, born 1943). Inside/Outside, 1977. Nylon, mesh, rubber , approx.: 60 x 24 in. (152.4 x 61 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Burt Aaron, the Council for Feminist Art, and the Alfred T. White Fund, 2011.21 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2011.21_PS4.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 2011.21_PS4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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