Talking Back: Dance Response Project

October 7, 2017

Slought Foundation

Organized in conjunction with Carrie Schneider's exhibitionTalking Back featured Kyle Abraham, Carrie Schneider, and Kaja Silverman in conversation about choreography, film, and the politics of intimacy. It highlighted Abraham and Schneider's most recent collaboration, Dance Response Project (2013–2014), a series of seven short improvised dance videos featuring Abraham performing solo and, at times, with collaborators.

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More Than Private: The Work of Carrie Schneider

October 7-December 13, 2017

Slought Foundation

More Than Private was an exhibition of the photographic and video work of New York–based artist Carrie Schneider, curated by Kaja Silverman. This is the first time Schneider’s work has been exhibited in Philadelphia, and her largest solo show to-date on the East Coast. Works on view span the last decade, and include Las Bebidas, Recession, Derelict Self, Reading Women, the Summer Drawings, three of Schneider’s videos, and five of the Dance Response videos, on which Schneider collaborated with choreographer/dancer Kyle Abraham. 

More than Private opened on October 7, with a conversation between Schneider, Abraham, and Silverman about the Dance Response Project, and a riveting performance by Abraham.

Silverman also conducted a second conversation with Schneider on November 30, that focused on Schneider's solo work and the notion of mutuality. 


Identification, Desire, Mutuality

November 30, 2017

Slought Foundation

A conversation between Carrie Schneider and Kaja Silverman exploring relations and figures in photographic space. The conversation focused on Schneider’s solo works, including Las Bebidas, Recession, Derelict Self, Reading Women, Summer Drawings, as well as Silverman’s formulation of analogy as a way for us to relate to each other. It was linked to More than Private, an exhibition of Schneider’s work, curated by Silverman, that closed on December 13, 2017.

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Patrick Anderson reads from Autobiography of a Disease, and talks with Kaja Silverman about "ultimate things"

September 11, 2017

Slought Foundation

Patrick Anderson introduced and read from his most recent book, Autobiography of a Disease, and then talked with Kaja Silverman about how we make sense of the indelibly vulnerable experience of being ill, and what to we “do” with that experience afterward.

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Exhibition of Student Works Made in Art Now and Essays in Images and Words

May 5-10, 2017

Seraphin Gallery

This is an exhibition of the works made by the MFA students in Kaja Silverman’s "Art Now" lecture course, which she teaches at Penn every spring, and the undergraduate and MFA students in "Essays in Images and Words," the Speigel-Wilks Seminar that she and Sam Mapp taught at the ICA this past semester.


Rebecca Tennenbaum       James Allister Sprang

 Henryk Tomassini       Monika Uchiyama

  Konhee Chang       Gwen Comings

 Zoya Siddiqui       Christina Qiu

 Jeremy Jirsa        Julian Feng

      Yaochi Jin       Yasmin Gee

    Linda Lin       Connie Yu

   Eric Yue

Still/Moving: Kaja Silverman + Carrie Schneider + Kathleen Kelly In Conversation

April 27, 2017


The conversation drew from Schneider’s recent lens-based work as well as Silverman and Kelley's recent scholarship, investigating the psychological and media-specific qualities inherent to still and moving image media, and the implications of shooting a body of work in both.

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alexander streitberger, "See It In All Ways: The Virtual Panorama In Contemporary Art And Visual Culture"

February 16, 2017

University of Pennsylvania

In his book Virtual Art: From Illusion to Immersion, Oliver Grau presents the panorama as a forerunner of digitally produced, 360-degree immersive imagery. Introduced in the late 19th century by Irish painter Robert Barker, the panorama, a monumental 360-degree painting fixed on the inner walls of a circular building, offers a static, cylindrical image that immerses the spectator in an environment which he is only able to apprehend when moving around on the platform situated in the center of the rotunda. Consequently, the panorama can be described as a fixed, immobile image navigated by a body in motion.

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Kaja Silverman: CAA Distinguished Scholar Session

February 16, 2017

Kaja Silverman, art historian and critical theorist, and Katherine and Keith L. Sachs Professor of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania, is recognized as the Distinguished Scholar in this special session.

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james welling + Kaja Silverman + Alex Klein in conversation

November 1, 2016

Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

Renowned American photographer James Welling discussed his work with Kaja Silverman, and Alex Klein, Dorothy and Stephen Weber Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art. The conversation will focus primarily on Welling’s recent work, particularly The Glass House, Meridian, Andrew Wyeth, Choreograph, and Chemical Photographs. 

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victor Burgin / Then and Now

September 13-November 6, 2016

Slought Foundation

The exhibition, curated by Kaja Silverman and Homay King, included a photographic series, US 77 (1977), and three digital projection works, Prairie (2015), A Place to Read (2010), and The Little House (2005).

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The computational image: a seminar with victor burgin, kaja silverman, and homay king

September 14, 2016

Slought Foundation

This seminar focused on Burgin's experience of working in computational image space.


A Seminar With Victor Burgin, Kaja Silverman, And Homay King

September 13, 2016

University of Pennsylvania

This seminar addressed a broad range of Burgin's work, both as an artist and writer. 

Walid Raad + Kaja Silverman (Part II): A Conversation about Art, Museums, and the Middle East

April 5, 2016

Slought Foundation

Walid Raad is a Lebanese artist who makes videos, installations, photographs and sculptures, and whose work frequently has a performance component. From 1989-2004, Raad produced fictionalized photographs, videotapes, notebooks, and lectures that related to real events and involved authentic research in audio, film, and photographic archives in Lebanon, under the rubric of The Atlas Group, an imaginary collective.

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Elise Archias, “Our Narrowness: Holding Onto Modernism Circa 1960”

March 31, 2016

Slought Foundation

This talk considered Joan Mitchell’s paintings from the late 1950s as part of a larger project on the global persistence of abstract approaches to artistic form circa 1960. 

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Stopping with Astonishment before Gustave le Gray’s Sea and Sky

March 18, 2016

A Conversation with joanna scott

November 15, 2015

Penn Museum

Joanna Scott read from her book and discussed the life of De Potter, the Penn Museum, and the early days of collecting with Penn professors Kaja Silverman and Robert Ousterhout. 

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Walid Raad + Kaja Silverman (Part I): A Conversation

November 3, 2015

University of Pennsylvania

This seminar focused on the works of Kaja Silverman, and more particularly her recent book The Miracle of Analogy or The History of Photography, Part 1.

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The Miracle of Analogy, or The History of Photography (Part I)

February 27—April 16, 2015  

The Miracle of Analogy is the first volume in a two-volume reconceptualization of photography. It argues that photography originates in what is seen, rather than in the human eye or the camera lens, and that it is the world’s primary way of revealing itself to us. It was published by Stanford University Press in February 2015.

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Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

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Slought Foundation

The exhibition, organized by Charlotte Ickes and Iggy Cortez, examined how artists have engaged with ideas of homeland and belonging that fail to cohere to a unitary sense of time or place. Through film, photography and performance, the artists in this exhibition explore the contours of belonging across different contexts.

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October 13, 2014

Slought Foundation

The evening began with a talk by Clark about consumerism and its image-world. His talk was then followed by further conversation with Kaja Silverman about art and capitalism after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the relation of visual depiction to what he has referred to elsewhere as the "sales-pitch-world."

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September 15—October 24, 2014

Slought Foundation

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On Collecting: Kaja Silverman In Conversation With Keith And Kathy Sachs

September 26, 2014

Jaffe, University of Pennsylvania

The conversation was centered around collecting works of art as an intellectual activity. It is part of the University of Pennsylvania's History of Art Department 2104-2015 Colloquium Series and in anticipation of the Philadelphia Museum of Art's forthcoming (2016) exhibition of the Sachs Contemporary Art Collection.