Visiting Assistant Professor of Art
Contact & Office Hours
Wednesday 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Or by appointment.
Hillyer Hall 110
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., Wesleyan University
Emma R. Silverman teaches courses on transnational histories of U.S. American art and architecture. Her research examines the intersections of art, geography and community through critical theories of race and gender. Silverman is currently working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation, which examines the ways that the Watts Towers, a backyard structure made by a self-taught Italian-American immigrant, was mobilized by artists in Los Angeles. Her study elucidates not only the remarkable cultural history of the Watts Towers, but also how, in the postwar period, vanguard artists drew from practices they perceived to be “outside” of mainstream fine art in order to expand the limitations concerning who could be an artist, what could be an art object, and where art could take place. Silverman is also interested in public scholarship, in particular the ways that oral histories and digital mapping projects can support the conservation of endangered sites.
Her research has been supported by fellowships including the Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in American Art and the Chester Dale Fellowship from the Center For Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts. She has a forthcoming article in Studies in the History of Art.