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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
African American art -- African influences  Search this
Women performance 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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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9b1e2d273-f8a1-4561-8fd6-633b1e58d2f7
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-nengseng
Online Media:

David Hammons, Yves Klein / [texts by Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, Klaus Ottmann, Philippe Vergne, Franklin Sirmans]

Title:
Yves Klein, David Hammons
Author:
Jacobson, Heidi Zuckerman  Search this
Ottmann, Klaus  Search this
Vergne, Philippe  Search this
Sirmans, Franklin  Search this
Artist:
Klein, Yves 1928-1962  Search this
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Author:
Aspen Art Museum (Aspen, Colo.)  Search this
Subject:
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Klein, Yves 1928-1962  Search this
Physical description:
175 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2014
C2014
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1046490

David Hammons

Author:
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Jack Tilton Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
[36] p. : col. ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1990
[1990]
Call number:
N6537.H3455 A4 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_922909

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

Diaspora memory place : David Hammons, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Pamela Z / edited by Salah M. Hassan, Cheryl Finley

Author:
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Campos-Pons, Maria Magdalena 1959-  Search this
Z, Pamela 1956-  Search this
Hassan, Salah M  Search this
Finley, Cheryl  Search this
Dak'art (Exhibition) (6th : 2004 : Dakar, Senegal)  Search this
Subject:
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Z, Pamela 1956-  Search this
Campos-Pons, Maria Magdalena 1959-  Search this
Physical description:
319 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2008
C2008
21st century
Topic:
Art, African  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_906933

In the spirit of Minkisi : the art of David Hammons

Author:
Bey, Dawoud 1953-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1994
Topic:
African American art--Kongo influences  Search this
African American art--African influences  Search this
Sculpture, Kongo--Influence  Search this
Bottle trees  Search this
Call number:
NX1 .T445
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_491005

Yardbird suite, Hammons 93 / Deborah Menaker Rothschild ; with contributions by David L. Smith ... [et al.]

Author:
Rothschild, Deborah Menaker  Search this
Smith, David L. 1954-  Search this
Williams College Museum of Art  Search this
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art  Search this
Subject:
Hammons, David 1943- Yardbird suite  Search this
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
72 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Interviews
Place:
Massachusetts
Williamstown
Date:
1994
C1994
20th century
Topic:
Installations (Art)  Search this
Conceptual art  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.H2219 R8 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_459702

David Hammons : rousing the rubble / essays by Steve Cannon, Kellie Jones, and Tom Finkelpearl ; photographs by Dawoud Bey and Bruce Talamon ; with an introduction by Alanna Heiss

Author:
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
P.S. 1 Museum  Search this
University of Pennsylvania Institute of Contemporary Art  Search this
San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art  Search this
Subject:
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
95 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1991
C1991
Topic:
Conceptual art  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.H2219 P9 1991
N40.1.H2219P9 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_427678

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

Bits & pieces put together to present a semblance of a whole : Walker Art Center collections / Joan Rothfuss and Elizabeth Carpenter

Title:
Bits and pieces put together to present a semblance of a whole
Walker Art Center collections
Author:
Rothfuss, Joan  Search this
Walker Art Center  Search this
Author:
Carpenter, Elizabeth 1965-  Search this
Subject:
Armajani, Siah  Search this
Barney, Matthew 1967-  Search this
Beuys, Joseph 1921-1986  Search this
Conner, Bruce 1933-  Search this
Cornell, Joseph 1903-1972  Search this
Gober, Robert 1954-  Search this
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Hockney, David 1937-  Search this
Johns, Jasper 1930-  Search this
Levine, Sherrie 1947-  Search this
Noguchi, Isamu 1904-1988  Search this
Pettibon, Raymond 1957-  Search this
Polke, Sigmar 1941-  Search this
Prince, Richard 1949-  Search this
Taylor-Wood, Sam 1967-  Search this
Walker Art Center  Search this
Walker Art Center History  Search this
Walker Art Center Histoire  Search this
Walker Art Center  Search this
Walker Art Center History  Search this
Minneapolis (Minn.) Walker Art Center  Search this
Physical description:
616 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Type:
Catalogs
History
Katalog
Place:
Minnesota
Minneapolis
Date:
2005
Minneapolis
Topic:
Arts  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_771159

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

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

Untitled, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Medium:
Copper, wire, hair, stone, fabric, and thread
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Whitney Museum of American Art 945 Madison Avenue New York New York 10021 Accession Number: 92.128a-u
Date:
1992
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 60010092
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_444342

Looking at seeing : David Hammons and the politics of visibility / by Andrew Russeth

Author:
Russeth, Andrew  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Hammons, David 1943- Criticism and interpretations  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2015
Call number:
N1 .A782
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1043393

Untitled, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Medium:
Glass wine bottles and silicon glue
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian Institution Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Independence Avenue at 8th Street, S.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 90.23
Date:
1989
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 61570416
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_415347

David Hammons's Sheep raffle at Dak'Art 2004 : reading black art through Léopold Sédar Senghor's Négritude / Manthia Diawara

Author:
Diawara, Manthia 1953-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Hammons, David 1943- Sheep raffle  Search this
Hammons, David 1943- Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Dak'art (Exhibition) (6th : 2004 : Dakar, Senegal)  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2008
Call number:
CB235 .R43 2008
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1036248

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

Champ, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Hammons, David 1943-  Search this
Medium:
Rubber inner tube and boxing gloves
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art 700 Prospect Street La Jolla California 92037 Accession Number: 89.3
Date:
1989
Topic:
Recreation--Sport & Play--Boxing  Search this
Control number:
IAS 02660029
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_300293

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