March 1, 2011 - 12:45 PM by Jessica
Mazal tov, James Snyder! The director of the Israel Museum was recently included in a pretty prestigious list of the 100 most influential people in the art world, as compiled annually by the Journal des Artes, the French sister-edition of The Art Newspaper. Snyder was 46 on the list which includes collectors such as Leonard Lauder, colleagues Glenn Lowry, director of The Museum of Modern Art (James’ previous place of employment); artists Damien Hirst and Anish Kapoor (whose sculpture current graces the redesigned museum); architects Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid; designers Ron Arad and Philippe Starck, who have their own Israel connections (Arad designed the well-regarded Holon Design Museum and Starck did the Yoo Tel Aviv, a prestigious set of high-rise apartments).
Snyder has been the director of the museum since 1997, which recently completed a massive, $100 million renovation, the most comprehensive since its 1965 establishment.
Hard to say how much longer he’ll be here, but it’s been good to have him here.