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.
Now, an extensive exhibition drawn from the collection has been announced. It will tour to at least five prominent museums throughout the United States, beginning this fall at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and making stops at the Baltimore Museum of Art and the museums of Duke and Notre Dame universities. Current plans call for the tour to end at the UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive in August 2019, though additional venues are under discussion.
This kind of attention would please any committed art collector. The Joyner Giuffrida Collection, however, has a particular distinction: It comprises some 300 works by leading African American artists, and artists of the African diaspora. And it has a mission. Joyner, by phone, said that is “to try to be a catalyst to reframe art history around artists of African descent who have been overlooked by the full arc of the canon.”
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