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Katherine Stein Sachs and Keith L. Sachs Professor of Art History: Kaja Silverman

February 8, 2011, Volume 57, No. 21

Silverman, Kaja

Kaja Silverman has been named the Katherine Stein Sachs CW’69 and Keith L. Sachs W’67 Professor of Art History in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Silverman is an art historian and theorist of film, photography and time-based art who came to Penn from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was the Class of 1940 Professor of Rhetoric, Film and Art History. Since the 1970s, she has been one of the most prominent US feminist thinkers in areas such as psychoanalysis, phenomenology, and film and visual studies, and over the last decade she has written about and collaborated with many contemporary artists.  She is the author of numerous articles and eight critically-acclaimed books. Her latest book, Flesh of My Flesh, was published in 2009 by Stanford University Press.

Dr. Silverman received her doctorate in English from Brown University and has received numerous awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008.

Katherine Stein Sachs, CW’69, and Keith L. Sachs, W’67, established this professorship in contemporary art to strengthen ties between the history of art department and the ICA (Almanac November 8, 2005). They also established a fund for contemporary art programming, including seminars, conferences, lectures, performances and other events to raise the profile of contemporary art on campus and also further position Penn as an arts center.

Mrs. Sachs is a current term member of the University Board of Trustees and a member of the Board of Overseers for the ICA. Mr. Sachs serves as chair of the Board of Overseers for Penn’s School of Design.


Almanac - February 8, 2011, Volume 57, No. 21