Monday 03/04/24 6:30PM-8PM
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Visionaries: dream hampton in Conversation with Rashida Bumbray and Jon Gray

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Photo: Erik Howard. Courtesy dream hampton

The New Museum is proud to present this year’s Visionaries, honoring the award-winning filmmaker, writer, and activist dream hampton. As this year’s distinguished speaker, hampton will be joined in conversation by choreographer, curator, and writer Rashida Bumbray and culinary entrepreneur Jon Gray. The Stuart Regen Visionaries Series is a flagship program at the Museum recognizing individuals who have made major contributions to art and culture and who are actively imagining a better future.



dream hampton (she/her) is an award-winning filmmaker and writer from Detroit, whose essays and cultural criticism have helped shape a generation. Her most recent works include the award-winning short film Freshwater (NYT OpDocs/PBS, 2023) and Ladies First (Netflix, 2023). Selected works include Treasure (Frameline, 2015), Finding Justice (BET, 2019), It’s A Hard Truth Ain’t It (HBO, 2019), and the Emmy-nominated Surviving R. Kelly (Netflix, 2019), which broke ratings records and earned her a Peabody Award. In 2019, hampton was named one of TIME 100’s most influential people in the world.

Rashida Bumbray (she/her) is a curator and choreographer. In 2022, she organized “Loophole of Retreat: Venice,” as part of Simone Leigh’s American Pavilion Exhibition at the 59th Venice Biennale. Bumbray was Director of Culture and Art at the Open Society Foundations (2015-2022), Guest Curator at Creative Time (2012-2014), Associate Curator at the Kitchen (2006-2012), and Curatorial Assistant and Exhibition Coordinator at the Studio Museum in Harlem (2001-2006).

Jon Gray (he/him) is the co-founder of Ghetto Gastro, a Bronx-based culinary collective that blends food, fashion, and activism. He aims to change social narratives through culinary experiences and unique storytelling. Gray has given a TED Talk, served as an Artist-in-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and was a guest curator at the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum.


Previous Visionaries honorees include playwright, actor, and philanthropist Jeremy O. Harris and video artist and cinematographer Arthur Jafa (2021); author Claudia Rankine and theorist Judith Butler (2020); author Rachel Kushner (2018, in conversation with novelist Ben Lerner); explorer Erling Kagge (2017); essayist and critic Fran Lebowitz (2016, in conversation with filmmaker Martin Scorsese); critic and author Hilton Als (2015); director, screenwriter, and producer Darren Aronofsky (2014, in conversation with novelist and critic Lynne Tillman); writer, director, and producer Matthew Weiner (2013, in conversation with writer A.M. Homes); artist and architect Maya Lin (2012); chef, author, and activist Alice Waters (2011); founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales (2010); and choreographer Bill T. Jones (2009), whose talk inaugurated this signature program.


Live CART captioning will be provided for this program by StenoCaptions.

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The Visionaries Series at the New Museum honors special individuals who have made major contributions to art and culture, and are actively imagining a better future. The series is made possible by the Stuart Regen Visionaries Fund, established by a gift from Barbara Gladstone in honor of her son Stuart Regen.

Additional support for the Visionaries Series is provided by the Charlotte and Bill Ford Artist Talks Fund.

Lead support for New Museum Public Programs is provided by the Bowery Council.

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