Thelma Golden

Director of the Studio Museum in Harlem

Last year, Golden, director and chief curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem, unveiled plans for the museum’s new David Adjaye-designed home, to open in 2021, announcing 70 percent of the $175m project’s funds already promised. Still a fair bit of cash to bring in, then, but it’s a mark of the influence and goodwill that Golden enjoys among successive generations of artists that a fundraising auction in New York (including works donated by Mark Bradford, Julie Mehrutu and Glenn Ligon) could raise a further $20m in just two days in May. And it’s indicative of the faith in Golden’s commitment to the history and present of the work of artists of African descent that, in October, the museum was bequeathed 400 works from the collection of arts patron and civil rights activist Peggy Cooper Cafritz – a substantial addition to the museum’s collection of 2,200 works