Katherine Stein Sachs CW’69 and Keith L. Sachs W’67 Professor of Art History
Kaja Silverman’s research interests include contemporary art, film theory, feminist theory, and psychoanalysis. She came to Penn from the University of California, Berkeley, and she received her Ph.D. from Brown University.
Silverman is the author of nine books: The Miracle of Analogy, or The History of Photography, Part 1; Flesh of My Flesh; James Coleman; World Spectators; Speaking About Godard (with Harun Farocki); The Threshold of the Visible World; Male Subjectivity at the Margins; The Acoustic Mirror; The Female Voice in Psychoanalysis and Cinema; and The Subject of Semiotics.
Silverman’s current writing and teaching are focused primarily on photography, time-based visual art, and painting. Her most recent book, The Miracle of Analogy, is the first installment in a three-volume reconceptualization of photography. She argues that photography is as old as human civilization, and that it is the world’s primary way of showing itself to us. The second volume, A Three-Personed Picture, is about the gradual emergence of a very different kind of image: one that is pictorial in nature. In the final volume of the triology, The Promise of Social Happiness, she addresses the form photography has recently assumed: large-format digital and analogue images, which are exhibited in museums instead of books, magazines, and private spaces.
Silverman was recently awarded a Distinguished Achievement Award by the Mellon Foundation, and has been using it to fund a series of conferences, lectures, public conversations, and artist residencies, along with a Knut Asdam exhibition that included a commissioned work.
About the Donor
Katherine Stein Sachs, CW’69, and the late Keith L. Sachs, W’67, established this professorship in 2005 to strengthen ties between the History of Art Department and the ICA.