Collection

Senga Nengudi. R.S.V.P. I. 1977/2003

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Pantyhose and sand, 10 pieces, Overall dimensions variable. Committee on Painting and Sculpture Funds, and The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art

Director, Glenn Lowry: In 1974 Senga Nengudi was fascinated by the way her body was changing and expanding during pregnancy. R.S.V.P. I was her artistic response to this transformation.

Artist, Senga Nengudi: I was equally fascinated in how resilient the body was and I really wanted to somehow duplicate that experience. I also was dealing with the idea of the female psyche, that your psyche can stretch, stretch, stretch and come back into shape.

I very much liked the idea of used panty hose because when a woman wears panty hose, she’s usually under extreme stress. I felt as though somehow they were infused with the energy of the woman that wore them.

I was excited by the fact that it, too, had the similar resilience of the body. And when placing sand in the panty hose there was a sense of sensuality, which I also wanted to express with these pieces.

Glenn Lowry: For Negundi, the piece is also about jubilance and humor.

Senga Negundi: I want the viewer to participate or respond to the piece itself. The first reaction is to giggle because you see something so common as panty hose being used in sculpture. And then again you get deeper into the piece as you stay with it.

Pantyhose and sand, 10 pieces, Overall dimensions variable. Committee on Painting and Sculpture Funds, and The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art
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