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July 19, 2017 /
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Nengudi is one of the most important American artists of the past 50 years, yet
she is still under-recognized,” said Julie Rodrigues Widholm, director and
chief curator of the DePaul Art Museum. “Her work continues to be relevant as
we think about the body, identity and ways art can be innovative and connect
installed, Nengudi’s sculptures mimic the female form but are stretched, pulled
and twisted into distended proportions. Nengudi was inspired by her experience
of motherhood and depicts the elasticity, fragility and strength of the body,
Irons in 1943, the artist spent her early childhood in Chicago. She was raised
and educated in Los Angeles and Pasadena,
California, then spent an influential year in Tokyo where she studied noh and buto theatre performance
styles. The ritual of theatre and the everyday routine of putting on pantyhose merge
in her sculptures. “There is a hybrid,
intercultural dialog in the work about inclusiveness and bringing people
together,” said Widholm.
The work is
also connected to Nengudi’s perspective as a black woman artist in the 1970s. As
part of a radical black avant-garde that included contemporary artists David
Hammons and Maren Hassinger, Nengudi lived in New York City and had a solo
exhibition in 1977 at the pioneering Just Above Midtown Gallery in Harlem.
The museum is located at 935 W. Fullerton Ave. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 11 a.m. to 5 pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission is free. Additional information at http://museums.depaul.edu or 773-325-7506.
Correction note: Updated Aug. 30, 2017 to reflect DePaul Art Museum's new hours.
Julie Rodrigues Widholm
Kristin Claes Mathews