Pamela Joyner

‘Activist’ collector and champion of African-American art

Joyner is, via the collection she initiated, the most prominent among a new breed of ‘activist’ collectors. That is to say that the collection, which has a main focus on African-American art from the 1940s to today, aims at achieving an end rather than displaying a personal taste. ‘The mission is to rewrite art history’, she told Sotheby’s earlier this year. To rewrite it acknowledging the heretofore underrecognised contribution of the global African diaspora. To that end Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection (Fred J. Giuffrida is her husband) opened a six-venue tour of US museums at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans this past January. Tate’s Soul of a Nation, to which Joyner made a significant contribution (in January she also began a five-year term as chair of the Tate Americas Foundation), also continued to travel the US. In her spare time Joyner is also a member of the board of the Art Institute of Chicago and of the J. Paul Getty Trust, and a setter-up of artist residencies.