PRESS & PRAISE

“Palo, A Liberatory Technology”, an interview for A Little Juju Podcast, October, 16,2019

Interview for WYBCx Yale Radio, April 9, 2019

Mike Wagner: From Fool to World, The Stranger, May 2018

Art + Healing, The Love No Limit Show (podcast), May 18, 2018

The Visual Influence of the Black Panther PartyCity Arts Magazine, April 23, 2018

Celebrating the Visual Legacy of the Black Panther Party in Seattle, The Cut, April 17, 2018

The Best Photo Books of 2017, by Teju Cole, New York Times, December 30, 2017

 

I’ve had the honor and pleasure of collaborating with Negarra A. Kudumu on several independent and institutional projects, including talks, panels, and events; but also very closely in partnership when she was in residence for three months as a curator and writer at my gallery, Bridge Productions. Negarra’s scholarship and intellectual curiosity are unmatched, and fortified by her international scope. She is a clear, concise communicator who strives for solutions, and offers great feedback. Her ability to integrate public programming, guests, and topics with curatorial programming is nuanced and skillful. As a collaborator, she is a person with a reservoir of great ideas, and a joy to work alongside. With a formidable combination of rigor and love for the subjects in which she engages, she is truly the kind of leader in the arts we need.
— S. Arnold, 2019
I know Negarra from the Seattle art scene, most recently from the 2018 Seattle Art Fair. The things that strike me most about her are her intellect and drive for clarity, in a field that is often deliberately opaque. I find this refreshing in a town like Seattle, where many choose to be vague about where they stand in order to avoid potential conflict.
Negarra is also clear-eyed about how African Americans and others in the diaspora negotiate the art world. It’s rare to converse on a deep level about both ideals and realities for artists of color. Negarra recognizes both.
— L. Meyers Bulmash, 2018
Thinking a lot this week about collaborations with Negarra A. Kudumu, given the prominence of the exhibition in NYC that evolved from the book we co-edited, All Power: Visual Legacies of the Black Panther Party. Negarra is a smart, clear collaborator with insight and direct feedback, a joy to work with and a person who understands depth as well as deadlines. In addition to this book I have participated in panels she has organised and on her interview for Nicholas Galanin’s book, where once again she was swift and incisive. A powerful combo.
— M. Dunn Marsh, 2018
It’s rare to across someone who is as equally talented at writing and curating like Negarra Kudumu. I had the pleasure of collaborating with Negara on the 5th installment of Curatorial Lab, an online visual arts exhibition experience.

I was impressed by her intellectual approach exhibition production as well as her ability to solve problems on the fly. Negarra was instrumental in helping me to understand how to create a beautiful exhibition experience in the somewhat unfamiliar online space.

In addition to being a highly skilled professional, Negarra is a joy with, she brings a fresh perspective and thoughtful nature to her practice. Any artist, curator or arts organization would be lucky to work with her.
— J. Agbro, 2018
Had a tarot card reading with the Aquarian deck and was gently surprised although mostly affirmed about the mysterious time to come in the very near future. All feelings of uncertainty were eased substantially with confidence to go forward knowing things will be fine. Negarra is super enthusiastic about the tarot AND your life when she reads your spread and articulate, even artistic in the way she reads and weaves the different positions together for you.
— R. Perera, 2018
My session with Negarra was amazing. She gave me the insight I needed. I finally have clarity and understanding of what I have been going through and what lies ahead for me. You can not go wrong with her! Her spirit is calming and beautiful.
— J. Becton, 2018
I had the most amazing and relaxing reiki experience ever!!!! I walked away feeling refreshed and in alignment with my body. I know I was snoring lol!!!! But seriously Negarra is the BEST!!!! Thank you so much for positive energy and helping me get back to feeling centered. I’ll be seeing you again soon!
— A. Alley-Barnes, 2017
As a diviner, priest, and spiritualist in my own right, it inevitably becomes necessary for us to check in with a colleague to gain outside perspective in order to receive clarity about one’s own life and affairs. I was impressed by the reading I received, and the clearly understood, honest, and objective advice. I am more than pleased.
— A. Fossett, 2017
I learned a lot from my session with Negarra. I tend to think a lot about my position in life in the context of those that came before me and those that will come after me. Negarra’s insights and knowledge really support this generative view of time and community. I felt a sense of confirmation for many notions and perspectives that I hold and clear on where I’d like to steer my intentions moving forward.
— M. Tweedy, 2017
My reading with Negarra was a very positive experience. I left this session feeling truly cared for with a better perspective of my current situation. Negarra is insightful and very thorough. All of my questions and concerns were addressed. I am more motivated and feel like I now have tools become more focused and connected with my higher self. Extremely grateful <3.
— D. Butler, 2017
My experience working with essayist and curator Negarra A. Kudumu was a memorable one and I continue to enjoy one of the more productive and positive artist curator relationships with her. Through her Curatorial Lab, a critical online space dedicated to showing the works of emerging and contemporary artists like myself, she has provided a wealth of guidance, both aesthetic and theoretical, for my ongoing art project N’CHI, an art game, live action role playing and nation simulation experience. Her Curatorial Lab allows artists to revisit the more academic mode of the formal critique while simultaneously engaging the newest and most relevant social media outlets to reach new audiences and the art press with their current works. Additionally it is a platform that I have not yet seen in my 12 years as a professional artist and has the potential to become an enduring model for emerging curators and artists alike.
— J. Dwight, 2017
I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with Negarra for almost two years at the Frye Art Museum. She is a cultural strategist with a clear trajectory to major greatness.
— Renate Raymond Deputy Director, Development - Frye Art Museum, 2017
I had an Oracular Divination session with Negarra and was left with so many things to ponder as well as tools to deeper examine my life and history in order to take the steps towards living my full potential.

Negarra’s intellect is astounding but even more her ability to offer spiritual advice and allow me time to process provided comfort at a time that could easily have left me feeling vulnerable and overwhelmed. She ensured me that if I had questions later I could reach out to her; I am grateful.

I truly feel that it’s Negarra’s desire for me to live my best life. I’m excited to take the steps and to schedule with her again when I’m ready for my next elevation of learning.
— A. Caldwell, 2017
Negarra has been an enthusiastic member of the Postcolonialist team since the launch of the publication. Beyond her eagle eyed approach to editing, she brings with her a broad network of scholars across multiple disciplines, writers, and artists whom she cultivates and enlists as peer reviewers and writers. Her multi-lingual, transcultural approach makes her adept at understanding nuance and cultural context. Through activating her personal and professional networks, Negarra has assisted the publication in increasing its visibility in Brazil and among Native American communities in the United States and Canada. Additionally, Negarra has contributed three articles pertaining to film and contemporary arts, providing our readers with a view into the evolving Seattle arts and culture scene.
— L. Dotson-Renta, 2015

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