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Zimmerli Art Museum Opens Dancing with the Dark Joan Snyder Prints

The Zimmerli Art Museum presents Dancing with the Dark Joan Snyder Prints 1963-2010 on view now through May 29, 2011 in the Voorhees Special Exhibition Gallery.

Joan Snyder (American, born 1940), Madrigal X from 33 Madrigals, 2001. Monoprints (color lithograph, monotype, and color woodcut) Image and sheet: 85.1 x 90.1 cm (33 ½ x 35 ½ in.) Copublishers: the artist and Jungle Press Editions, New York. Printer: the artist with Andrew Mockler and Tilden Daniels, Jungle Press Editions, New York. Unique monoprint from a series of 33 variant monoprints. Collection of the artist © Joan Snyder.

Dancing with the Dark: Prints by Joan Snyder 1963-2010, the first retrospective of the artist’s prints, displays the extraordinary range of Joan Snyder’s distinctive graphic achievement. A Rutgers alumna, nationally-noted painter, and 2007 MacArthur Fellow, Snyder has developed a powerful body of work that explores aspects of nature, humanity and identity. A pioneering feminist artist who was championed early in her career, Snyder has infused her works with physical energy and vibrant color to express deeply personal experiences. For over 45 years, she has created remarkable prints full of passion and zeal, in addition to her widely acclaimed paintings; over 110 prints will be featured in this exhibition. Her adventurous, if unorthodox, approach to printmaking challenges traditional uses of graphic media. Snyder restlessly combines different print techniques, then varies them with painterly applications of color ranging from melancholy darks to sensuous hues to shocking accents. The visual eloquence and vigorously applied techniques in the resulting prints, which are full of confessional and memorializing iconography, invite engagement with their raw emotional power.

This major exhibition presents rare uneditioned prints, unique hand-colored monoprints, and outstanding examples of editioned prints with selected variant impressions or working proofs. The exhibition ranges from Snyder’s earliest woodcut portraits, executed during her student years, to “hot off the press” prints. Many of the images and variant proof impressions are borrowed from the artist; other works are from the Zimmerli Art Museum’s collection or from other museums and private holdings.

This exhibition will be accompanied by the first illustrated monograph documenting Joan Snyder’s prints, with essays by Faye Hirsch, the noted contemporary arts writer and senior editor at Art in America, and Marilyn Symmes, the exhibition’s organizing curator and the Zimmerli’s Director of the Morse Research Center for Graphic Arts and Curator of Prints and Drawings.

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