Pamela J. Joyner

‘Activist’ collector and champion of African-American art

‘She has set her sights on nothing less than a reordering of the canon,’ SFMOMA’s director Neal Benezra has said of the collector who uses her considerable wealth (made in finance) to support African-American artists. Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection, a survey of the collection built with her husband Fred J. Giuffrida, has been travelling since 2016. It visited the Smart Museum of Art in Chicago in January before moving to the Baltimore Museum of Art, vastly expanded and with the new title Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art. That stop was marked by Joyner’s donation of seven works to the institution. She also chairs the Tate Americas Foundation, sits on the boards of the Art Institute of Chicago, the J. Paul Getty Trust and, most recently, SFMOMA, and hosts artists at her home in California. Guests are advised to smarten up: Joyner was this year named on Vanity Fair’s Best-Dressed List.