Israel Museum director James S. Snyder is one of the art world’s most influential people. The power list of 100 chosen people was compiled by the Journal des Arts in France.
The American-born Snyder ranked 46th on the prestigious list, alongside museum directors Glenn Lowry of The Museum of Modern Art and Neil MacGregor of the British Museum; artists Damien Hirst and Anish Kapoor; architects Frank Gehry and fellow Israeli Ron Arad; and gallerists Larry Gagosian and Arne Glimcher.
Snyder joined the Israel Museum in 1996 after serving as deputy director of The Museum of Modern Art in New York. During his tenure, the museum has strengthened its international presence with an ambitious program of important exhibitions in Jerusalem and traveling exhibitions worldwide; continued to expand its holdings across all of its collecting areas; developed its network of International Friends organizations, now operating in fourteen countries worldwide; and launched a campaign to double its endowment to $150 million.
The Israel Museum recently completed a comprehensive $100-million, three-year campus renewal project.