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Kenneth Silver

Professor of Art History

Ph.D. 1981 (History of Art), M.A. 1975, Yale; B.A. 1972 (Fine Arts and French), New York University.

Areas of Research/Interest: 

Modern and Contemporary art, design, and culture

Affiliated with other departments or programs:

Institute of French Studies

External Affiliations:

Contributing Editor, Art in America; Editorial Board, French Politics, Culture, and Society; Lecturer, Christie's New York Art Program; Member, College Art Association.


National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship; Getty Research Institute Fellow; Mellon-Getty Scholar; American Council of Learned Societies Grant; Prix du Livre, Beaux Arts, Paris; Charles Rufus Morey Prize, CAA; Henry Allen Moe Prize, New York State Historical Association; Golden Dozen Teaching Award, N.Y.U.; Presidential Fellowship for Junior Faculty, N.Y.U.; Whiting Fellow, Yale; Georges Lurcy Fellow-in-France, Yale; Samuel H. Kress Foundation Travel Grant; Phillip L. Goodwin Fellow in Art, Yale


Sarah Bernhardt: The Art of High Drama (co-author, with Carol Ockman), Yale University Press for the Jewish Museum, New York 2005.     

J.F.K. and Art. Bruce Museum of Arts and Science. Greenwich, Connecticut and the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, 2003.

Making Paradise: Art, Modernity, and the Myth of the French Riviera. Cambridge MIT Press. 2001.

An Expressionist in Paris: The Paintings of Chaim Soutine, with Norman L. Kleeblatt. Munich and New York: Prestel Publishers and the Jewish Museum. 1998.

David Hockney. New York: Rizzoli. 1994.

Esprit de Corps: the Art of the Parisian Avant-Garde and the First World War, 1914-1925. Princeton University Press and Thames and Hudson. 1989.

The Circle of Montparnasse: Jewish Artists in Paris 1905-1945. New York: Universe Books and the Jewish Museum. 1985.

Updated on 12/03/2015