Shelly Silver

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 currently teaches at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Sciences and in the MFA Department of Photography and Related Media, School of Visual Arts.

Artist Code: 351


in complete world

2008, 53:00 minutes, colour, English

What I'm Looking For

2004, 15:00 minutes, colour, English


2003, 70:00 minutes, colour, english


2001, 03:12 minutes, colour

small lies, Big Truth

1999, 18:48 minutes, colour, English, Japanese subtitles

37 Stories About Leaving Home

1996, 52:00 minutes, colour, English/Japanese


1995, 10:00 minutes, colour, English & French

April 2nd

1994, 10:00 minutes, colour

Former East / Former West

1994, 63:00 minutes, colour, German with Eng.St

The Houses That Are Left

1991, 51:00 minutes, Colour/B&W, English


1990, 04:00 minutes, B&W, English

getting in.

1989, 03:00 minutes, colour, English

Things I Forget To Tell Myself

1989, 01:52 minutes, colour, English

Meet The People

1986, 16:42 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

Little Orphan Videos: New York Video Festival
by Ernest Larsen. The Independent, Jan. 1995.
It's Evening in America: Video Drive In
by Carole Ann Klonarides. Encontros Luso-Americanos De Arte Contemporanea / Portuguese-American Meetings on Contemporary Art, 1989. Lisboa: Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian - Fundacao Luso-Americana Para O Desenvolvimento, 1989.