The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild introduces the Byrdcliffe Forum, a series of free virtual talks beginning in July 2020. The talks will take place approximately every two weeks on Thursday at 6:00 pm on Zoom.

Woodstock Masters: Joan Snyder
Byrdcliffe Forum artist talk with Joan Snyder interviewed by Franklin Parrasch
Thursday, April 8, 6:00 pm ET

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Rose & Vine, 2018, oil, acrylic, cloth, burlap, herbs, rosebuds, paper, ink, pastel on linen, 32 x 128 inches, Photo by Dawn Blackman

Photo of Joan Snyder in her Woodstock Studio, Photo by Maggie Cammer

Joan Snyder will be interviewed by gallerist Franklin Parrasch on Zoom. A brief Q&A with the audience will conclude the approximately 50-minute talk. The event will continue the Woodstock Masters series of artist interviews that, along with author talks and panel discussions, fall under the collective title Byrdcliffe Forum.

Born April 16, 1940, in Highland Park, NJ, Joan Snyder received her A.B. from Douglass College in 1962, and M.F.A. Rutgers University in 1966. Snyder is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1974, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in 1983, and a MacArthur Fellowship in 2007.

Joan Snyder first gained public attention in the early 1970s with her gestural and elegant “stroke paintings”, which used the grid to deconstruct and retell the story of abstract painting. By the late 70s Snyder, abandoning the formality of the grid, began to more explicitly incorporate symbols and text, as the paintings took on a more complex materiality. Often referred to as an autobiographical or confessional artist, her paintings are narratives of personal and communal experiences. Through a fiercely individual approach and persistent experimentation with technique and materials, Snyder has extended the expressive potential of abstract painting and inspired generations of emerging artists.

Recent shows: The Summer Becomes a Room, 2020, CANADA Gallery, NYC; Rosebuds & Rivers, 2019, Blain/Southern, London; Epic Abstraction, ongoing, Metropolitan Museum, NYC.

Public collections: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, The Jewish Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, High Museum of Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Art Institute of Chicago, The Phillips Collection, Harvard Museums and Tate Modern, London recently acquired her seminal work Dark Strokes Hope from 1971.

Snyder currently lives and works in Brooklyn and Woodstock, NY


Art dealer and gallerist Franklin Parrasch founded his eponymous gallery, now located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, in 1986 in Washington D.C. He has curated and hosted many solo and thematic exhibitions over the 35 year history of the gallery including an award-winning exhibition of Lynda Benglis’ work in 2002; critically acclaimed shows of works by Ken Price and Kathy Butterly; and numerous group exhibitions examining works by artists associated with the West Coast “Finish Fetish” and “Light and Space” movements, amongst others.

Parrasch and his gallery have worked with Joan Snyder, the preeminent abstract, Feminist painter with whom he will be speaking today, since 2012, hosting solo exhibition Sub Rosa in 2013 (catalogue), and group exhibitions Forrest Bess | Joan Snyder in 2017 and Mulberry & Canal: Joan Snyder, Keith Sonnier, and Jackie Winsor in 2019.

In 2016, with partner Christopher Heijnen, Franklin founded Parrasch Heijnen gallery in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles; Parrasch Heijnen hosted Snyder’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles later that year. In 2019, along with fellow New York City-based art dealer Nicelle Beauchene, Franklin founded Parts & Labor Beacon.

Photo of Joan Snyder and Franklin Parrasch