Las Vegas Ikebana: Maren Hassinger and Senga Nengudi

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Reed College, Cooley Gallery Southeast Portland (Portland)
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Las Vegas Ikebana centers the cross-genre practices of Maren Hassinger and Senga Nengudi, whose artistic paths have been entwined since the pair met in 1977. They've developed an extensive body of time-based performance works informed by choreography, sculpture, and "conceptual correspondences" amid institutional neglect. In other words, they are perhaps the coolest best friends ever. The exhibition's absurdist title is pulled from "Hassinger’s experience working in a flower shop in Los Angeles and Nengudi’s exploration of Japanese aesthetic forms," and speaks to the duo's interest in improvisation, pop culture, humor, and the natural world. Programming for Las Vegas Ikebana includes “Don’t be Scared”: A Talk on the Art of Collaboration by Maren Hassinger and Senga Nengudi, with thoughts from exhibition curator Allie Tepper, Dr. Leslie King Hammond, and Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims, and See-See Riders, a performance choreographed by Nengudi and danced by sidony o'neal and keyon gaskin.

by Lindsay Costello
See-See Riders (2024), a new performance choreographed by Senga Nengudi and danced by sidony o'neal and keyon gaskin, presented in the exhibition
        Friday, February 16, 3:00 pm
        Saturday, February 17, noon
        Saturday, March 23, noon
*Limited seating, to attend please email

“Don’t be Scared”: A Talk on the Art of Collaboration by Maren Hassinger and Senga Nengudi, with opening remarks by exhibition curator Allie Tepper, and closing commentaries by Dr. Leslie King Hammond and Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims—presented as part of the Stephen E. Ostrow Distinguished Visitors in the Visual Arts program, Reed College.
         Saturday, February 17, 2:00 pm, Performing Arts Building Atrium,
         followed by a reception at the Cooley
—all events free and open to the public

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Reed College, Cooley Gallery

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