Columbia University, NY, USA. Department of Art History and Archaeology. (Master of Philosophy; Master of Arts: “abject architecture: Zarina Bhimji’s beauty of the internal”)

Barnard College, NY, USA. Art History and Africana Studies. (Bachelor of Arts, Magna cum laude: “Berni Searle and the Ambivalence of Form”)

Suffolk University, Dakar, Senegal


“John Outterbridge” in Among Others: Blackness at MoMA (eds. Darby English; Charlotte Barat). New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2019.

Strange Attractors. Berlin: Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art / KUNST-WERKE BERLIN e.V., 2018.

We don't need another hero, catalog for 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. Berlin: Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art / KUNST-WERKE BERLIN e.V., 2018.

“Curatorial Conversations”; “I’m not who you think I’m not a manifesto”; “Strange Attractors”

Artist texts for Julia Phillips, Mildred Thompson, and Okwui Okpokwasili. (Links to shortened online texts)

“Ekphrasis for a Veiled Dream” in Portia Zvavahera: I’m with You. Cape Town: Stevenson, 2017.

“Remediating Defacement” in Curtis Santiago: Constructing Return (College Art Galleries exhibition catalogue, curated by Magdalyn Asimakis). Saskatoon, SK, Canada: University of Saskatchewan, 2017. 

“Firelei Báez and the Oscillations of the Historiographic” in Fore. New York: Studio Museum in Harlem, 2012.

“Emancipation and the ‘will to power’: the productive ambiguities of set setal” in DON’T/PANIC (ed. Gabi Ngcobo). South Africa: Jacana Media, 2011.

“Augusta Savage” in Re: Collection – Selected Works from The Studio Museum in Harlem. New York, NY: Studio Museum in Harlem, 2010.


RijksakademieOPEN 2019. Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam. Coordinator with Gabi Ngcobo. (2019)

Strange Attractors Reading Room. KW Institute for Contemporary Art, on the occasion of the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany. Curator (2018)

We don’t need another hero. 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Berlin. Co-curator with Gabi Ngcobo, Yvette Mutumba, Thiago de Paula Souza, and Serubiri Moses (2016 - 2018)            

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NY, USA. Mellon Museum Research Consortium Fellow (2015 - 2016)

“The World and Africa”. Committee on Global Thought, Columbia, NY. Consultant (2010)

Harlem Biennale (postponed), NY. Consultant (2010)

“Be Black, Baby” by Simone Leigh. RECESS Art Gallery, NY. Contributing curator (2010)

The Kitchen, NY. Curatorial fellow (2007-08)

Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art. Brooklyn Museum, NY. Curatorial intern for Tumelo Mosaka (2006-07)

Exhibition: In Progress. Supreme Trading, NY. Curator (2008)

Dak’ART Biennale 2006, Dakar, Senegal. Artist liaison and assistant to director (2006)

Expanding Perspectives: West Harlem. Postcrypt Art Gallery, Columbia University, NY. Co-organized with the Student Coalition against Expansion and Gentrification - SCEG (2006)

Exhibitions & Performances

Gardening: Eleana Antonaki, Nomaduma Rosa Masilela, Sofia Mesa. ma ma gallery, Toronto, Canada. August 24 - September 17, 2018

with accompanying publication: A Complete Guide to Seeds, Gardening and Rootlessness (2018)

Lucky / Between Us, or who cares about resolution. A performance conversation. Organized by Roni Katz with Anna Zett. NGBK, Berlin, Germany. July 29, 2018

Round 46: Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter. Project Row Houses, Houston, Texas, USA. March 25 - June 4, 2017

Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter. New Museum, New York, USA. September 1, 2016


Columbia University, NY, USA. Instructor of "Masterpieces of Western Civilization"  

Columbia University, NY. Teaching Fellow of “Introduction to the History of Photography” ( with Dr. Alexander Alberro); “Contemporary Arts of Africa” (with Dr. Zoe S. Strother); and “Arts of Africa” (with Dr. Zoe S. Strother)

Columbia University, NY. Teaching Assistant to “African Art, Architecture and Ideas” (with Dr. Susan Vogel)


“Telling Time” seminar presentation for De Appel Curatorial Programme participants. De Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2019)

Presentation in “art production & art world through the lens of intersectionality / searching for alternative strategies” panel organized by Kristina Lebo as part of the "Intersectional Matter” project. Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany (2019)

“Made strange when” panel presentation at “Art - How Much is it Still an Idea for the Future?” International conference on the occasion of the Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory. Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2018)

“Meet the Curator: Nomaduma Rosa Masilela - Curating the Berlin Biennale” presentation. IWALEWAHAUS, Bayreuth, Germany (2018)

“Curatorial Strategies within the context of the next Berlin Biennale” public lecture for “Preoccupations - Conversation in a museum.” ISU - Institute of contemporary art, Miodrag Dado Duric art gallery, Cetinje, Montenegro (2017)

“I’m not who you think I’m not #2 - Who to do with anxiety? A conversation surrounding the 10th Berlin Biennale'.” 2017 FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa (2017)

Visiting art critic. NARS, New York, USA (2017)

Visiting art critic. ArtOMI, New York, USA (2017)

“Asiko, an itinerant art school” panel organizer, with invited guests Bisi Silva, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Stephanie Baptiste. MoMA, New York, USA (2016)

“African American Artists and the Museum” 2016 Museum Research Consortium Study Sessions presentation, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. MoMA, New York, USA (2016)

Presentation for "Not No Place? Images of the African City" panel organized by Bettina Malcomess and Dorothee Kreutzfeldt, 6th European Conference on African Studies (ECAS), Paris, France (2015)

Presentation for "Art and social engagement: aesthetic articulations in Africa urban spaces" panel organized by Fiona Siegenthaler and Till Förster, 5th European Conference on African Studies (ECAS), Lisbon, Portugal (2013)

SSRC Mellon Mays Summer Conference, Bryn Mawr, PA, USA (2011)

Set ci bir: Artistic agency in mediating modernity in urban Dakar” panel presentation at SSRC Mellon Mays Summer Conference, Oberlin, OH, USA (2010)

Selected News

“10th Berlin Biennale” interview by Miriam Bers. Go Art! Berlin. August 16, 2018

“10. Berlin Biennale: Nie potrzebujemy bohaterów” by Jakub Gawkowski. Przekrój. July 5, 2018

“Berlin Biennale | Festivals | Showcase” TV interview. TRTWORLD News. June 13, 2018.

“Ahead of the 10th Berlin Biennale, What you Need to Know About the Curators” by Houghton Kinsman. Frieze. June 6, 2018.

“Reflections from Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter” by Jillian Steinhauer. Hyperallergic. September 15, 2016


Columbia University

Dissertation Finishing Fellowship (2016-17)

Art History Departmental Dissertation Fellowship (2014-15)

FLAS Language Fellowship, Department of African Studies, Zulu Language (2011-12)

Art History Department Teaching Fellow (2010-11)

Graduate Faculty Fellow (2009-10)

Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellow (2013-14; 2012-13; 2009-10)

SSRC Mellon-Mays Graduate Initiatives Program, Graduate Studies Enhancement Grant (2016; 2010) 

Mortimer Hays Brandeis Traveling Fellowship, independent research in Dakar, Senegal (2008-09)

Phillips Academy Andover’s Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers, USA, Associate (2008-09)

Barnard College Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow (2006-07)


Fluent Polish and French, intermediate Spanish, elementary German and Wolof