Rashida Bumbray is an independent curator/choreographer living and working in New York, NY. From 2006 to 2011, Bumbray was Associate Curator at The Kitchen, where she organized several critically acclaimed projects and commissions, including solo exhibitions by Leslie Hewitt, Simone Leigh, and Adam Pendleton, and Mai Thu Perret as well as performances by Derrick Adams, Sanford Biggers, Kalup Linzy, and Mendi & Keith Obadike. Bumbray has commissioned new-music concert works at The Kitchen by such artists as Alicia Hall-Moran, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Marc Cary and Guillermo E. Brown and dance works by Kyle Abraham, Camille A. Brown and Jason Samuels Smith. Bumbray began her career as Curatorial Assistant and Exhibition Coordinator at The Studio Museum in Harlem, where she co-founded the ongoing lobby sound installation StudioSound and Hoofers’ House, a monthly jam session for tap dancers—now called Shim Sham. At the Studio Museum she coordinated major exhibitions, including Energy Experimentation: African-American Artists 1964–1980, with Kellie Jones.
Bumbray has published texts on various topic pertaining to contemporary art, Africana studies and comparative literature.
Her choreographic work, Run Mary Run, was one of The New York Times’ Best Concerts of 2012 and was most recently performed as part of Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran’s BLEED at the 2012 Whitney Biennial.
Bumbray earned her BA in African American Studies and Theater & Dance from Oberlin College and her MA in Africana Studies from New York University.