Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art performances: Maren Hassinger, Senga Nengudi and Tameka Norris

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Join for performances in conjunction with Radical Presence by artists Maren Hassinger, Senga Nengudi and Tameka Norris.

Senga Nengudi, RSVP, 1976-77
Maren Hassinger will activate Senga Nengudi's well-known work RSVP from 1976-77. Nengudi will create an installation out of common nylon stockings that are stretched into a poetic sculptural form. In activating the work, Hassinger will move through the piece, pulling, stretching and knotting the nylon, and in so doing, will create odd, flesh-toned bulges that become uncanny evocations of the body.

Maren Hassinger, Women's Work, 2006
Hassinger first performed Women's Work in 2006 at the Foundation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain, Paris. Newspaper in hand, Hassinger and her performers present to the audience a repetitive action that alludes to sewing, knitting and other craft-based activities that are traditionally labeled as "women's work." These gestures are then amplified using microphones and speakers transforming the simple actions into a cacophonous sound work.

Tameka Norris, Untitled, 2012
Norris' performance tests not only the artist's ability to tolerate pain but also the audience's ability to bear witness to this pain. In Untitled, Norris literally bleeds for art as she first cuts herself and then marks the walls in an action that gives new meaning to gesture painting.



Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
5216 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006


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