Senga Nengudi: The Performing Body will chronicle Nengudi’s work and development as a performance artist through an analysis of the main influences on her distinctive practice, including her early training as a modern dancer, her desire to create meaning through direct experience—like that pioneered by the Brazilian conceptual artist Lygia Clark, whose melding of sculpture and performance Nengudi admired—and her abiding interest in the ritualization of everyday life.

Elissa Auther directs Feminism & Co.: Art, Sex, Politics, a public program at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, designed to explore feminist issues in popular culture, social policy, and art through creative forms of pedagogy. Her book String, Felt, Thread: The Hierarchy of Art and Craft in American Art was published by University of Minnesota Press in 2010. She is an associate professor of contemporary art at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, adjunct curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, and Windgate Research Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design and the Bard Graduate Center.