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Macaroni Kid: “Young Audiences of Louisiana Expands Free Baby Artsplay!™ Program”

Young Audiences of Louisiana (YALA) in partnership with The Helis Foundation announced plans to expand their successful early learning program, Baby Artsplay!™, to eight cultural institutions across the city of New Orleans. Beginning this Spring, Baby Artsplay!TM will be offered as a series of six free 30-minute workshops held weekly to engage young children ages 12-24 months and their caregivers in research-based performing arts experiences that support their cognitive, physical, and social development. The Louisiana Wolf Trap Baby Artsplay!™ teaching method taps into children’s innate desire for active, multi-sensory learning through purposeful singing, dancing, and movement…

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Artnet: “Landmark Exhibition of African American Art to Tour the US”

A major exhibition of work created by African-American artists since 1940 will go on tour fall of this year, starting at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. Titled “Solidary and Solitary: The Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida Collection,” it’s being touted as the “first large-scale public exhibition to bring together a vital lineage of visionary black artists.”

The traveling exhibition will focus on the power of abstract art, not merely as a stylistic mode, but as a political choice for generations of African-American artists…

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ARTnews: “Traveling Exhibition and Brooklyn Museum Fete to Honor Joyner/Giuffrida Collection of African-Diasporan Art”

Spanning several decades’ worth of epochal African-American and African-diasporan art, including work by Norman Lewis, Jack Whitten, Sam Gilliam, Melvin Edwards, Theaster Gates, Lorna Simpson, Julie Mehretu, Kevin Beasley, and more, the collection of Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida will be the subject of a traveling exhibition starting in September 2017 and running into early 2020. The five locations on the itinerary thus far are the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, in New Orleans; the Nasher Museum of Art, at Duke University in North Carolina; the Snite Museum of Art, at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana; the Baltimore Museum of Art; and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, in California…

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SFGate: “SF art collector Pamela Joyner reframing art history”

San Francisco art collector and philanthropist Pamela Joyner is rapidly becoming an influential figure around the world. A trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago and a member of support committees at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Britain’s Tate museums, Joyner was elected last month to the 14-member Board of Trustees of the J. Paul Getty Trust. At that time, Getty Trust President James Cuno called her “an art collector of distinction,” and praised her commitment to education and her “deep understanding of the value of a research library.”

A scholarly catalog of the works she and her husband, Fred Giuffrida, have amassed, “Four Generations: The Joyner Giuffrida Collection of Abstract Art,” was published in September to strong reviews…

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Art in America: “Up Close 2016: Around Houston”

Houston’s art mavens have to pay close attention. New venues and artist-run spaces pop up and disband at a rapid rate. Meanwhile, three highly anticipated additions at big institutions are still months or years away. The Menil Drawing Institute, a freestanding exhibition and storage space at the Menil, is set to open next year, as are some of Stephen Holl’s new plazas and buildings for the Museum of Fine Arts and the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University…

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Cultured: “Pamela Joyner’s Singular Vision”

Pamela Joyner is “the Diana Ross of the art world,” says artist Isaac Julien. “She is glamorous but also smart and genuine. She is helping to give a voice to artists of African descent through her collecting.” Joyner, a Harvard M.B.A. and former investment manager with a flamboyant fashion sense, is on President Obama’s Committee of the Arts and Humanities. She is also a trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Tate Americas Foundation, as well as a significant patron of museums elsewhere…

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