Negarra A. Kudumu is an essayist and independent curator, and to-date counts amongst her accomplishments four publications, numerous articles, and six exhibitions. Her writing has been featured in exhibition catalogs for the Heard Museum (Phoenix, AZ), Surrey Art Gallery (Surrey, BC, Canada), and The Walther Collection (Neu-Ulm, DE & New York, NY); she has written several articles on African and South Asian contemporary art for the Hong Kong-based Art Radar Journal, and she is regularly invited to give lectures, deliver conference papers, and participate in panel discussions in the United States, Canada, and internationally.
Ms. Kudumu holds the title of Yayi Nkisi Malongo (priestess) in the Brama Con Brama lineage of Palo Mayombe, is a non-initiated lay practitioner in the Lukumi Pimienta lineage, and an Espiritista. She is also a level II Reiki practitioner and herbalist. She holds degrees from Leiden University (Leiden, NL) and Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH). She lives and works in Seattle where she is also Manager of Public Programs at the Frye Art Museum.
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Negarra A. Kudumu is supported by an advisory group of elders with over 40 years of combined aesthetic, academic, business, spiritual, and organizational acumen They are: Royal Alley-Barnes, MAT; Sabrina Davis-Parham; Luis Marín; and Teisha Shaw.