Erin Silver

BFA, MA (Concordia), PhD (McGill)

Erin Silver is a historian of queer and feminist art, visual culture, performance, and activism. She obtained a PhD in Art History and Gender and Women’s studies from McGill University in 2013 and has taught at the University of Southern California, the University of Guelph, the University of Toronto, OCAD University, and Concordia University. She is the co-editor (with Amelia Jones) of Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories (Manchester University Press, 2015), and co-edited (with taisha paggett) the winter 2017 issue of C Magazine, “Force,” on intersectional feminisms and movement culture. She has curated exhibitions at the FOFA Gallery (Concordia University, Montreal), the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (Toronto), and the Doris McCarthy Gallery (University of Toronto Scarborough). In 2016-2017, she was the Horizon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Histories of Photography in Canada at Concordia University.

Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories

Manchester University Press
2016
Edited by Amelia Jones and Erin Silver

Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories is the first publication to address queer feminist politics, methods and theories in relation to the visual arts, including new media, installation and performance art. Despite the crucial contribution of considerations of “queer” to feminism in other disciplines of the humanities, and the strong impact of feminist art history on queer visual theory, a visible and influential queer feminist art history has remained elusive. This book fills the gap by offering a range of essays by key North American and European scholars, both emerging and renowned, who address the historiographic and political questions arising from the relationship between art history and queer theory in order to help map exclusions and to offer models of a new queer feminist art historical or curatorial approach.

Courses

Winter 2017

ARTH345 History of Photography: Archive, Spectacle, Reality Sections

History and theory of photography, from the competitive context of invention in the 1830s to contemporary uses in social media.

Winter 2017

ARTH344 Art and Photography in Canada, 1920 to the Present Sections

Art movements and art institutions from the landscape paintings of the Group of Seven to the photo-conceptualist practices of the Vancouver school.

Winter 2017

ARTH543B Studies in Canadian Art - CAN ART Sections