Joan Snyder: Talks About Her Work
Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 5pm
$10 ($5 WAAM members, seniors and students)
“My lecture will be about my work. It’s a variation of a lecture that I recently gave at the NY Studio School. I decided to
put together a power point talk about work that I don’t always show, work that’s a little off the beaten track, just not all the usual suspects. For people who have been at previous lectures, hopefully there will be new things to see. It’s a retrospective talk, looking at very early work up to the present, about 70 images.”
Born April 16, 1940, in Highland Park, NJ, Joan Snyder received her A.B. from Douglass College, New Brunswick, NJ, in 1962 and her M.F.A. from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, in 1966. Joan Snyder was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1974, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in 1983. In 2007, Snyder received a MacArthur Fellowship. She currently lives in Brooklyn and Woodstock, NY.
Joan Snyder first gained public attention in the 1970’s with her elegant, abstract “stroke paintings”. These paintings were included in the Whitney 1973 Biennial and the Corcoran 1975 Biennial, and were the basis of her first solo shows in New York City and San Francisco. Often called an autobiographical or confessional artist her subjects range from the landscape to love, death, motherhood, sex and politics. Her paintings, with their exquisite use of color, frequently contain text as well as materials, including herbs, mud, silk, straw, flowers, and seeds.
Snyder’s work is in many public collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, The New York City Jewish Museum, The Guggenheim, The High Museum of Art and The Phillips Collections. In 2005, The Jewish Museum in New York City presented a 35-year survey of her work which then traveled to the Danforth Museum in Framingham, Massachusetts. Abrams Books published a monograph, Joan Snyder, in conjunction with the exhibition with an introduction by Norman Kleeblatt and essays by Hayden Herrera and Jenni Sorkin. In 2011, “Dancing With The Dark: Joan Snyder Prints 1963-2010”, a traveling retrospective of Snyder’s prints, will open at the Zimmerli Art Museum in New Jersey and will be accompanied by a catalogue with essays by Faye Hirsch and Marilyn Symmes, co-published by DelMonico Books/Prestel and Zimmerli Art Museum.