Shelly Silver was born in 1957 in Brooklyn, New York. Silver attended Cornell University, Ithaca,
New York, graduating in 1980 with a BA in Intellectual History and a BFA in
Mixed Media, and subsequently attended the Whitney Museum of American Art
Independent Study Program. Silver is
currently an associate professor in Visual Arts, School of the Arts at Columbia
University, New York, New York.
Silver is a New York based artist utilizing video,
film and photography. Her work, which spans a wide range of subject matter and
genres, explores the personal and societal relations that connect and restrict
us; the indirect routes of pleasure and desire; the stories that are told about
us and the stories we construct about ourselves.
Silver has been exhibited widely throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia
at venues such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York; the International
Center of Photography, New York, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los
Angeles, California; the Yokohama Museum, Japan; the Pompidou Center, Paris,
France; the Kyoto Museum, Kyoto, Japan; the London Institute of Contemporary
Art, London, England; and the London, Singapore, New York, Moscow, and Berlin
Silver received fellowships and grants from the John
Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, NYSCA, NYFA,
the Jerome Foundation, the Japan Foundation and Anonymous was a Woman.
Broadcasts include BBC/England, PBS/USA, Arte/Germany, France, Planete/Europe,
RTE/Ireland, SWR/Germany, Atenor/Spain.
Silver was in residency at Montalvo Arts Center’s Lucas Artists
Residency Program in 2013.