Exhibition Dates: November 4 – December 4, 2004
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm
Opening: Thursday, November 4, 2004, 6-8 PM
On Thursday, November 4, 2004, Betty Cuningham Gallery will open its first show of the paintings of Joan Snyder. The exhibition, Joan Snyder: Women Make Lists is comprised of approximately 20 paintings completed by Snyder since 2002.
Snyder, whose exhibiting career in New York spans over 35 years, is known for her deeply felt paintings. These works range from the depiction of beautiful, full fields of color broken up by abstract strokes to surfaces built-up with flowers or words, pumpkins or moons—and these expressions often work together simultaneously. Consistently, Snyder’s paintings have also been invested with a political consciousness regarding the representation of women and children; universally, and within the environment of war. This exhibition, Women Make Lists, serves to list the multiplicity of aspects within Snyder’s painting, as the vocabulary of images function alongside bearing of human conscience. The artist has said that, post 9/11, her desire has been to make beautiful paintings, however, recently her politics cut more deeply. Snyder dedicates this exhibition to the women of Iraq, stating in the accompanying catalogue:
The people of Iraq and most especially its women and children were in my thoughts constantly as I made these paintings. This show is dedicated to them. I firmly believe that we need to send powerful female energy and imagery out into the universe if our world is to survive the horrific violence being inflicted upon it.
The exhibition, Joan Snyder Women Make Lists will remain on view through December 4, 2004. It is accompanied by a catalogue with an introduction by Regina Coppola, Curator, at Art Center, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Ms Coppola is currently working on a retrospective for the artist opening at the Jewish Museum in New York City in 2005 and traveling to the University Gallery at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2006.
Snyder’s work can be seen in New York City in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Jewish Museum in New York and also is several museums throughout the country including The High Museum, the Philadelphia Museum and The Dallas Museum of Fine Arts
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