Power 100

Most influential people in 2020 in the contemporary artworld


Pamela J. Joyner

Collector - ‘Activist’ collector and champion of African-American art

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Pamela J. Joyner. Photo: Nathanael Turner

No collector in the twenty-first century has done more to change the official narrative of postwar American art than Joyner. The collection, built with her husband Fred J. Giuffrida, has, through influential touring exhibitions including Solidary & Solitary (2019), proven a valuable resource to historians reshaping the canon to accommodate African-American artists. Nor is she content with rewriting recent history, as Joyner’s residency at a studio near her California home has fostered present and future stars including Firelei Báez, Jordan Casteel and Kevin Beasley. A trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago, J. Paul Getty Trust and SFMOMA, and chairperson of Tate Americas Foundation, Joyner also sits on the steering committee of the newly convened Black Trustee Alliance for Art Museums. Having helped to make Black artists more visible, this formidable activist collector has joined those seeking to reform the structures that were responsible for their historic neglect.

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