Shelly Silver (United States)

Shelly 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.

She has been exhibited widely throughout the US, Europe and Asia at venues such as MoMA, the ICP, MoCA, The Yokohama Museum, The Pompidou Center, The Kyoto Museum, the London ICA, The London, Singapore, New York, Moscow and Berlin Film Festivals. Silver has received numerous fellowships and grants from organizations such as the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, 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 attended Cornell University, graduating in 1980 with a B.A. in Intellectual History, and a B.F.A. in Mixed Media and subsequently attended the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program.

She is an associate professor in Visual Arts, School of the Arts, Columbia University.

Filmography

  • Meet the People
    1986
  • Things I Forget to Tell Myself
    1989
  • getting in.
    1989
  • We
    1990
  • The Houses That Are Left
    1991
  • April 2
    1994
  • Fragments
    1994
  • Former East / Former West
    1994
  • 37 Stories About Leaving Home
    1997
  • Small Lies, Big Truth
    1999
  • Suicide
    2003
  • What I'm Looking For
    2005
  • In Complete World
    2008
  • 5 Lessons and 9 Questions About Chinatown
    2009
  • Chinatown Film Project
    2009
  • Touch
    2013
  • Frog Spider Hand Horse House
    2013
  • The Lamps
    2015

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