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Reed College Gallery Curator Stephanie Snyder Receives Getty Research Fellowship


The highly competitive fellowship will support Snyder’s research on artist Daniel Spoerri for an upcoming exhibition at Reed’s Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery.


PORTLAND, OR (April 16, 2007) – Stephanie Snyder, who serves as the John and Anne Hauberg Curator and Director of the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery at Reed College, has been awarded a Curatorial Research Fellowship from the Getty Foundation in California to pursue scholarly research on Daniel Spoerri (né Daniel Feinstein, 1930). Spoerri is a Romanian-born Swiss artist known for his tableaux pieges, or “snare paintings,” made by fixing objects—on tables or in drawers—into permanent place exactly as the artist finds them.

Established in 2000, the Getty Curatorial Research Fellowship program supports the professional scholarly development of curators by providing them with funds to undertake short-term research or study projects that advance the understanding of art and art history. Research carried out by Fellows may be in preparation for institutional or independent projects.

Snyder, who for two years has been conducting research on Spoerri’s role in the development of non-commercial, community-based, experiential art practices of the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s, is planning an exhibition of Spoerri’s work at the Cooley Gallery. “Receiving support from the Getty will allow me to conduct collections and library research in New York City; Vienna, Austria; Cologne, Germany; and Bern, Switzerland,” said Snyder. “I will also be able to spend time with Mr. Spoerri at his home outside Lucerne. In addition to the tremendous honor of being selected, the Getty Fellowship will give me some uninterrupted time to conduct research, resulting in a more significant contribution to the field of art history.”

The Cooley exhibition will be accompanied by a scholarly publication and symposium, to be convened in collaboration with Reed’s art history and studio art departments, that will bring Mr. Spoerri and a small group of artists, curators, and art historians to Reed to examine ideas and practices from Spoerri’s remarkable oeuvre.

Snyder holds a B.A. from Reed College and an Ed.M. from Columbia University. She has been the director and curator of Reed’s Cooley Gallery since 2003 and has overseen more than ten exhibitions, including major shows on the history of the American vernacular photo album; the work of Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum; and the British, East-Indian artist Sutapa Biswas.