Not only can you meet artist Senga Nengudi at GOCA 1420 (UCCS campus) this Wednesday, October 21 during the artist + curators talk, but you can also purchase a catalog of this internationally renowned artist’s work — the first catalog of its kind.
The $25 full-color catalog, Senga Nengudi: Improvisational Gestures, features an essay on Nengudi’s work by Amelia Jones, professor of Art and Design and Vice Dean of Critical Students at the USC Roski School of Art and Design. Trained in art history, film theory, and performance studies, and widely read in philosophy and identity theory, Jones is known for her work elaborating a queer, anti-racist, feminist history and theory of modern and contemporary Euro-American visual arts, including performance, film, video, and installation.
Also featured in the catalog are essay’s from curators Elissa Auther (Museum of Arts and Design and Bard Graduate Center) and Nora Burnett Abrams (Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver) as well as a poem from artist and contemporary of Nengudi, Gregory Pitts.
“…The taut lines and dramatic angles of these sculptures celebrate experimentation with the materials, pressing them beyond any possible conventional use. And her manipulation of materials isn’t limited to nylon. What she achieves with wire, rubber, and sand (see for example Rubber Maid (2011)) effectively anthropomorphizes these items of everyday use into various body parts. The breasts, penis, and balls of these sculptures might suggest a coarser sensuality, but they still revel in their allusion to the body while simultaneously delighting the viewer with their folds, sags, points, and angles…
…The other signal aspect of Nengudi’s R.S.V.P. works that connects them so fully to the avant-garde practices of their day is how much they animate the space where they are sited. Whether hanging on the wall, climbing a window, or colonizing a corner, the R.S.V.P. works not only ask for the viewer’s response, but they also respond to the architecture of their installation. Each presentation of these works reveals new detail and new possibility. When Nengudi’s sculpture juts into a space, especially, its power is revealed.” –Nora Burnet Abrams, essay from Improvisational Gestures
The 6pm Artist+Curators talk is free, but you must RSVP a seat online as seating is limited. Catalogs will be available for purchase in person at GOCA 1420 through December 5, 2015.