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Senga Nengudi papers

Creator:
Nengudi, Senga, 1943-  Search this
Names:
Banks, Cheryl  Search this
Hammons, David, 1943-  Search this
Hassinger, Maren  Search this
McCullough, Barbara  Search this
Extent:
12.8 Linear feet
11.24 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Scrapbooks
Diaries
Drawings
Sketchbooks
Date:
1947
circa 1962-2017
Summary:
The papers of African American conceptual and performance artist Senga Nengudi measure 12.8 linear feet and 11.24 gigabytes and date from circa 1962 to 2017, with a folder of printed material dating from 1947. The collection contains biographical material including education and family records, the kimono Nengudi wore during her wedding to Ellioutt Fittz, certificates, interview transcripts, and address books; calendars and journals chronicling Nengudi's appointments, thoughts, and artistic practice; and correspondence with friends and other artists including Maren Hassinger, Cheryl Banks, and David Hammons. Also included is family correspondence, including letters between Senga Nengudi (then Sue Irons) and her mother when Nengudi was living in Japan. The collection also contains writings by Senga Nengudi and others; material related to professional activities including teaching files, gallery files, and files related to exhibitions, projects, and performances; printed material including exhibition and event announcements and catalogs, clippings, magazines, and other published material; a scrapbook primarily containing photographs and printed material; photographic material depicting Senga Nengudi, works of art, and other individuals; artwork by Nengudi and others, including Maren Hassinger; and audio and video recordings, including recordings of performances.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of African American conceptual and performance artist Senga Nengudi measure 12.8 linear feet and 11.24 gigabytes and date from circa 1962 to 2017, with a folder of printed material dating from 1947. The collection contains biographical material, including education and family records, the kimono Nengudi wore during her wedding to Ellioutt Fittz, certificates, interview transcripts, and address books; calendars and journals chronicling Nengudi's appointments, thoughts, and artistic practice; and correspondence with friends and other artists including Maren Hassinger, Cheryl Banks, and David Hammons. Also included is family correspondence, including letters between Senga Nengudi (then Sue Irons) and her mother when Nengudi was living in Japan. The collection also contains writings by Senga Nengudi and others; material related to professional activities including teaching files, gallery files, and files related to exhibitions, projects, and performances; printed material including exhibition and event announcements and catalogs, clippings, magazines, and other published material; a scrapbook primarily containing photographs and printed material; photographic material depicting Senga Nengudi, works of art, and other individuals; artwork by Nengudi and others, including Maren Hassinger and Barbara McCullough; and audio and video recordings, including recordings of performances.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as ten series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1962-2006, 2017 (Box 1, Box 14; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 2: Calendars and Journals, 1967-2016 (Boxes 1-6; Box 15; 5.7 linear feet)

Series 3: Correspondence, 1966-2017 (Boxes 6-8; 1.7 linear feet)

Series 4: Writings, 1964-2010 (Box 8; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 5: Professional Activities, 1966-2017 (Boxes 8-10, Box 15; 1.9 linear feet, ER01-ER06; 11.10 GB)

Series 6: Printed Material, 1947, 1963-2017 (Boxes 10-12, Box 15; 1.4 linear feet, ER07; 0.143 GB)

Series 7: Scrapbook, 1974-1976 (Box 15; 1 folder)

Series 8: Photographic Material, circa 1962-2007 (Box 12, Box 15; 0.1 linear feet)

Series 9: Artwork, circa 1960s-2004, 2014, undated (Box 12, Box 15; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 10: Audio and Video Recordings, circa 1974-1998 (Boxes 12-13; 0.4 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Senga Nengudi (1943- ) is an African American conceptual and performance artist in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Born Sue Irons in Chicago, Illinois, she earned a bachelor's degree in art with a minor in dance from California State University, Los Angeles. From 1966 to 1967 she studied Japanese culture at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. This study deeply influenced her artistic practice. Upon her return from Japan in 1967, she pursued her master's degree in sculpture at California State University, which she received in 1971.

After receiving her master's degree, she moved to New York to continue her career as an artist, showing at Just Above Midtown Gallery and teaching at the Children's Art Carnival in Harlem. Throughout her career, Nengudi has collaborated and shown with Maren Hassinger, David Hammons, Barbara McCullough, Suzanne Jackson, John Outterbridge, and Bettye Saar. Nengudi is best known for "stationary performance objects," particularly her RSVP series, objects composed of nylon mesh and sand that refer to the flexibility of the female figure. The series debuted in the 1970s and Nengudi returned to it, adding on A.C.Q. to exhibit it at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017. Also in 2017, Senga Nengudi: Improvisational Gestures opened at the DePaul Art Museum. This was the first solo museum survey for the artist and featured work from the 1970s to 2017.
Related Materials:
The Amistad Research Center also holds 4.5 linear feet of the Senga Nengudi papers, 1966-2017.
Provenance:
The Senga Nengudi papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2018 and 2019 by Senga Nengudi.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.

Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Conceptual artists -- Colorado -- Colorado Springs  Search this
Performance artists -- Colorado -- Colorado Springs  Search this
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Scrapbooks
Diaries
Drawings
Sketchbooks
Citation:
Senga Nengudi papers, 1947, circa 1962-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.nengseng
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Senga Nengudi papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-nengseng
Online Media:

Feedback : between American art and African art history / Tobias Wofford

Author:
Wofford, Tobias  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Conwill, Houston 1947-2016 Influences  Search this
Hammons, David 1943- Influences  Search this
Stout, Renée Influences  Search this
Saar, Alison Influences  Search this
Pope.L, William 1955- Influences  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2017
20th century
Topic:
African American art--African influences--History and criticism  Search this
African American art--Appreciation  Search this
African American art--Themes, motives  Search this
Art, African--Influence  Search this
Art, Kongo--Influence  Search this
Call number:
NX1 .N737
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1088609

Re-writing history : David Hammons, Alfredo Jaar, Sarkis, Francesc Torres : exhibition tour

Author:
Kettle's Yard Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
47 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1990
Topic:
History in art  Search this
Call number:
N6490 .R494 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_652292

David Hammons is on our mind / [editor: Anthony Huberman]

Artist:
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Editor:
Huberman, Anthony  Search this
Author:
Hammons, David 1943- Works Selections  Search this
Host institution:
CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts  Search this
Subject:
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
Type:
Congresses
Conference papers and proceedings
Date:
2018
20th century
21st century
Topic:
Conceptual art  Search this
Sculpture, American  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1105514

David Hammons : Hauser & Wirth / Rachel Wetzler

Author:
Wetzler, Rachel  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Type:
Articles
Exhibitions
Date:
2019
Call number:
N1 .A78
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1113093

David Hammons : Hauser & Wirth / Catherine Taft

Author:
Taft, Catherine  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Type:
Articles
Exhibitions
Date:
2019
Call number:
N1 .A7864
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1113099

David Hammons : Bliz-aard Ball Sale / Elena Filipovic

Title:
Bliz-aard Ball Sale
Blizaard Ball Sale
Author:
Filipovic, Elena  Search this
Subject:
Hammons, David 1943- Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
157 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Date:
2017
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1107322

Five decades

Artist:
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Writer of supplementary textual content:
Storr, Robert  Search this
Heiss, Alanna  Search this
Jones, Kellie  Search this
Publisher:
Mnuchin Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
132 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 32 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2016
Call number:
N6537.H3455 A4 2016b
N40.1.H2219 M68 2016
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1060154

Basketball Drawing, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Medium:
Harlem earth on paper and found suitcase
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Albright-Knox Art Gallery 1285 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo New York 14222
Date:
2001
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 33660186
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_467295

In the thick of it : David Hammons and hair culture in the 1970s

Author:
Jones, Kellie 1959-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
United States
Date:
1998
Topic:
Hair in art  Search this
Hairwork  Search this
Hairdressing of Blacks--Symbolic aspects  Search this
Call number:
NX1 .T445
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_832474

Wreaking havoc on the signified : the art of David Hammons

Author:
Fusco, Coco  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Hammons, David 1943- Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2001
Call number:
NX180.P67 F87 2001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_756656

An elective affinity : David Hammons's Hidden from view and Made in the People's Republic of Harlem

Author:
Tancons, Claire  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Hammons, David 1943- Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2005
Call number:
NX1 .T445
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_764095

David Hammons : Selected works / with an essay by Franklin Sirmans

Author:
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Sirmans, Franklin  Search this
Zwirner & Wirth  Search this
Subject:
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
[43] p., 16 col. plates : ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2006
Topic:
African Americans in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_787714

Trialogo : Giuseppe Gallo, Antony Gormley, David Hammons / a cura di Martha Boyden

Author:
Gallo, Giuseppe 1954-  Search this
Gormley, Antony  Search this
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Boyden, Martha  Search this
Palazzo delle esposizioni (Rome, Italy)  Search this
Subject:
Gallo, Giuseppe 1954-  Search this
Gormley, Antony  Search this
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
[144] p. : ill. ; 19 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2000
[2000]
20th century
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Call number:
N6488.I8 R78 2000
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_616764

Three graphic artists: Charles White, David Hammons, Timothy Washington

Author:
Young, Joseph E  Search this
Los Angeles County Museum of Art  Search this
Santa Barbara Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
White, Charles 1918-1979  Search this
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Washington, Timothy 1946-  Search this
Physical description:
14 p. illus. 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1971
1971?]
Topic:
African American art  Search this
Call number:
NE539.3.N5 Y6
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_645827

David Hammons, been there and back

Author:
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Eiblmayr, Silvia  Search this
Bey, Dawoud 1953-  Search this
Salzburger Kunstverein  Search this
Subject:
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
47 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1995
C1995
Topic:
Conceptual art  Search this
Call number:
N6537.H3455 A4 1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_646626

Will/power : new works by Papo Colo, Jimmie Durham, David Hammons, Hachivi Edgar Heap of Birds, Adrian Piper, Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson / Sarah J. Rogers, exhibition curator

Title:
Will power
Author:
Rogers-Lafferty, Sarah  Search this
Wexner Center for the Visual Arts  Search this
Subject:
Colo 1946- Exhibitions  Search this
Durham, Jimmie  Search this
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Heap of Birds, Edgar  Search this
Piper, Adrian 1948-  Search this
Robinson, Aminah Brenda Lynn Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
94 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Ohio
Columbus
Date:
1993
Topic:
Art  Search this
Call number:
N6512.5.I56 W5 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_650812

David Hammons in the hood / Robert Sill ; edited by Susan Snodgrass ; foreword by Kent Smith ; with contributions by Calvin Reid and Ralph Rugoff

Author:
Sill, Robert  Search this
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Snodgrass, Susan  Search this
Reid, Calvin  Search this
Rugoff, Ralph 1957-  Search this
Illinois State Museum  Search this
Subject:
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
63 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Place:
Illinois
Springfield
Date:
1994
C1994
Topic:
Conceptual art--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
N6537.H3455 A4 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_650999

Thoughts on black art and stereotypes : visualizing racism / B. Stephen Carpenter, II

Author:
Carpenter, Booker Stephen  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Ligon, Glenn 1960-  Search this
Piper, Adrian 1948-  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1999
Topic:
Racism in art  Search this
African American artists--Race identity  Search this
Stereotypes (Social psychology) in art  Search this
Call number:
N7428.5 .J865
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_678458

Quiet as it's kept : Ed Clark, Denyse Thomasos, Stanley Whitney : pictoribus atque poetis, quidlibet audendi semper fuit aequa potestas / kuratiert von David Hammons

Author:
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Jacques, Geoffrey  Search this
Galerie Christine König  Search this
Subject:
Clark, Edward 1926-  Search this
Thomasos, Denyse 1964-  Search this
Whitney, Stanley 1946-  Search this
Physical description:
75 p. : col. ill. ; 20 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Biography
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
2002
C2002
Topic:
Art and literature  Search this
Artists  Search this
Call number:
ND237.C563 A4 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_683054

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