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Exit Interview: Outgoing Frye Art Museum Director Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker

by Jen Graves THE STRANGER "I only really rock with Jo-Anne," Grammy-winning hiphop artist Ishmael Butler told me this past spring, and his comment stuck, because Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, an older white Australian woman, had to earn his respect and loyalty. She did it in the way that she ran the Frye Art Museum. She handed over power to artists like Butler (of Digable Planets and Shabazz Palaces), not treating them like they were commodities to be packaged and presented but allowing them to organize their own programs.
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