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2017 the self-portrait sessions, Studio 10, Bushwick, New York
2016 the self-portrait sessions, CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles
2015 Wildbillboard, Miami, Florida (I-195 2000 ft. E/O I-95 facing East, Wynwood)
2014 Studio 10, Bushwick, New York
  momenta art, Bushwick, New York (two person exhibition with Joy Episalla)
2013 CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles
2011 CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles
2009 Hebrew Union College Museum, New York City
2005 The Koffler Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1999 Art Resources Transfer, New York City
  Chatham College, Pittsburgh Global Focus
1998 "Sestave" Ljubljana, Slovenia
  Villa Katarina, Ljubljana, Slovenia
1997 Arts Resources Transfer, New York City
1996 On site installation, Brooklyn Waterfront
  Postmasters, New York City (The Hole)
1993 Jose Freire Fine Art, New York City
1992 fiction/nonfiction, New York City
1991 Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco
  Galerie Antoine Candau, Paris
1990 fiction/nonfiction, New York City

2019 Every Woman Biennial, curated by Finley, New York City, May 2019  
  Portray, curated by Alison Wong at Wasserman Projects, Detroit, Michigan, January 2019  
2018 Out of Body: Sculpture Post-Photography co-curated by Claudia Hart and Susan Silas at Bitforms Gallery, New York. November 2018  
  IN THE CUT - The Male Body in Feminist Art curated by Andrea Jahn at Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken, Germany, May 2018.  
2017 Radiator Arts, Long Island City, video screening of TORSOS, 2017 (curated by Nadja Marcin).  
  Social Photography V ,Carriage Trade, New York (curated by Adam Simon).  
2016 Frame and Frequency,Liberia Gallery, Bogotá, Columbia.  
  VIDEO SHOP, Kunstraum at NADA Art Fair, New York (curated by Nadja Marcin) and traveling to Mucho in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.  
  The Conference of Birds, Shirley Fiterman Art Center, New York (curated by Brenda Zlamay).  
  Nargifsus, Transfer Gallery, New York (a screening of animated self-portraits by 60 international artists curated by Carla Gannis and Tina Sauerländer).  
2015 AntropoScene: Art and Nature in a Manufactured Era,University of Miami CAS Gallery, Miami, Florida.  
  Flight, Aloft in the Everglades,Museum of Art and Culture, Avon Park, Florida.  
2014 Common Ground, Florida Atlantic University, Miami, Florida.  
  Flight, ArtCenter, Miami, Florida.  
  What We've Lost: Recalling the Passenger Pigeon, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York.
  Moving Targets, Brushwood Center, Deerfield, Illinois.
  The Last Brucennial, New York (presented by Vito Scnabel & The Bruce High Quality Foundation).
2013 Clouds, Lesley Heller Gallery, New York (curated by Adam Simon).
  MDC Homestead, Florida (selections from the Everglades National Park collection, curated by Deborah Mitchell).
2012 Waldsee, 1944, 2B Galéria, Budapest, Hungary
2011 Sex Drive, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA. (curated by Stuart Horodner)
  Continuity, Center for Contemporary Arts, Celje, Slovenia (curated by Irena Cercnik)
  A Live Animal, Root Division, San Francisco, California (curated by Christopher Reiger and Selene Foster)
2010 Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna Austria Bless my homeland forever - I, too, will try to forget.
Kunstverein Grafschaft Bentheim, Neuenhaus, Germany Helmbrechts walk, 1998-2003
2009 Winkleman Gallery, New York, Things Fall Apart, (curated by Joy Garnett)
2008 Delicate Situations,, curated by Joe Schneider
Px3 Prix De La Photographie La Condition Humane
2007 Gallery Alfred, Tel Aviv, Israel
2003 New York Public Library, New York, New York The September 11 Photo Project (organized by Michael Feldschuh)
Gotthelf Gallery, Center for Jewish Culture, La Jolla, California Being and Belonging: Reflections on Jewish Space (curated by Stephanie Snyder and Karen Levitov)
2001 Cooley Memorial Gallery, Portland, Oregon Performing Judaism, (curated by Stephanie Snyder) catalogue
Here is New York - Images from the Frontline of History: A Democracy of Photographs 116 Greene Street, New York City
2000 University Art Gallery, Staller Center at StonyBrook, Jewishness at the Crossroads, (curated by Nicholas Mirzoeff) -forthcoming with catalogue
Contemporary Museum, Baltimore Snapshot, curated by Gary Sangster
1996 Soho Arts Festival, Silas Poster copyright 1996 The Four Seasons: Fall (in situ - Soho) Jose Freire Fine Art, New York City, Deschenes, Dominick, Silas
1994-5 Washington Project For the Arts, Washington, D.C., Burnt Whole (curated by Karen Holtzman, catalogue and traveling to the Institute of Contemporary Art,
The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, Bad Girls (catalogue)
Spaces, Cleveland, Ohio, Ladies Night
1992-4 The Jewish Museum, Bridges and Boundaries (curated by Gretchen Sullivan Sorin/catalogue/and traveling exhibition)

2019 The Understudied History of Enslaved Women in Colonial Cape Town, Hyperallergic, 29 August 2019
  love in the ruins; sex over 50, Pornceptual, July 2019
  Inspired by Photos Taken by His Murdered Father, an Artist Offers an Eloquent View of Memory and Trauma, Hyperallergic, 26 June 2019
  Walid Raad Uses Fact and Fiction to Tell a Powerful History of Beruit, Hyperallergic, 13 May 2019
  Remembering Barbara Hammer, Who Envisioned Spaces for Women to Be Themselves, Hyperallergic, 3 March 2019
  Re-storying the Female Body—Contested Site: The Female Body in Contemporary Art, session at the annual CAA conference, New York City, 14 February 2019
2018 Martha Wilson Tries on Prescribed Female Roles, from Housewife to First Lady, Hyperallergic, 8 October 2018
  Remembering Robert F. Kennedy's Funeral Train, 50 Years Later, Hyperallergic, 18 September 2018
  Childbirth and Menstruation in Defiant Art by Latin American Women, Hyperallergic, 11 July 2018
  Ralph Eugene Meatyard: The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater at DC Moore Gallery, Photograph, Jan/Feb 2018
  Barbara Hammer Refuses the Male Gaze in 1970s Photographs, Hyperallergic, 17 January, 2018
2017 With a Wall of Photos, Bernadette Mayer Evokes a Landscape of Memories, Hyperallergic, 5 October, 2017
  Cows Going Home: Revisiting Sylvia Placy's photo essay,Theo Westenberger Estate, (tumblr site), 31 May 2017
  Botticelli's Venueses and Our Enduring Need for Beauty, Hyperallergic, 19 May, 2017
  Incorporating Photography into Art History, Starting with August Sander, Hyperallergic, 29 March 2017
  Meditative Light Art with Dark Undertones, Hyperallergic,15 February 2017
2016 A Forgotten 20th-Century Photographer Who Folded Her Work into the Fabric of Life, Hyperallergic, 23 November 2016
  Framing Cindy Sherman Against a Hollywood Backdrop, Hyperallergic, 20 September 2016
  Conjuring a Piece of the Earth by Its Outline, Hyperallergic, 15 August 2016
  The Virtual is Liminal: An Interview with Claudia Hart, Hyperallergic, 24 May 2016
Using Cameras to Commune with Nature, Hyperallergic, 28 March 2016
  Altarpieces for the Digital Age, Hyperallergic, 9 March 2016
  Linn Underhill: Analogue Body Extraordinaire, Theo Westenberger Estate, (tumblr site), February 2016
  A show of Over 100 Women Artists Offers Redress but No Resolution, Hyperallergic,18 January 2016
2015 The Larger-Than-Life Projections of a Modern-Day Artist Adventurer, Hyperallergic,7 December 2015
  Nona Faustine: White Shoes, Theo Westenberger Estate, (tumblr site), 30 November 2015
  A Woman Artist Who Turns Pornography into Painting, Hyperallergic, 12 November 2015
  The Radicality of IntimacyTheo Westenberger Estate, (tumblr site), 30 September 2015
  On Sexual Paintings and Shifting Images: An Interview with Joan Semmel, Hyperallergic, 6 May 2015
  Conjuring the Anxiety of Domestic Spaces During War, Hyperallergic, 18 March 2015
2014 BFA Fine Arts Presents Susan Silas, YouTube, School of Visual Arts, New York City 11 November 2014
  Artifice, Authorship, and the History of Photography, Hyperallergic, 9 September 2014
  Thoughts on the Life and Art of Barbara DeGenevieve, Hyperallergic, 14 August 2014
  A Painter Finds Depth in Flatness, Hyperallergic, 8 August 2014
  Art Before Images, Hyperallergic, 10 April 2014
  TO SELVES: Joy Episalla and Susan Silas, 2 WORKS PRESS, March 2014 (116 page color momograph),
2013 A Look Inside Miami's New Art Museum, Hyperallergic, 19 December 2013
  The Twilight Performance of an Aging Queen, Hyperallergic, 10 December 2013
  A Bag Lady By Any Other Name, Hyperallergic, 28 October 2013
  INSIDE STORIES: BEHIND THE SCENES. IN FRONT OF THE MIC. (Live storytelling) at Drom in the East village, 30 September 2013
  TO SELVES: Joy Episalla and Susan Silas, artcore journal, 21 July 2013
  The Kaleidoscopic Visions of Leslie Thornton, Hyperallergic, 22 May 2013
Finding Empathy in the Confines of Our Own Skin, Hyperallergic, 8 April 2013
2012 Sympathy for the Devil, Hyperallergic, 17 December 2012
Founded by Twin Artists, a Residency and Foundation Brightens Vietnam's Art Scene, Hyperallergic, 29 November 2012
Female Artists, Female Bodies, Hyperallergic, 23 July 2012
A Building Portends the Future of Bushwick, Hyperallergic, 4 June 2012
  Les Goddesses; an essay occasioned by Moyra Davey’s exhibition: "Spleen. Indolence. Torpor. Ill-humor." at Murray Guy Gallery, MOMMY, April, 2012
Helmbrechts walk, 1998-2003 Presentation at the 32nd Annual Conference on the Holocaust & Genocide: The Holocaust and Genocide in Art & Film at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. April 2012.
2011 EYES WIDE SHUT, Horned Screamer Press, (64 page monograph) 2011
Recumulations by Claudia Hart, New York Magazine, 8 November 2011
Interview with Susan Silas, MOMTRA, 21 November 2011
2010 Sex on the Run? No, We Parked, The New York Times, Modern Love 10 October 2010
2009 I Paid for Woodstock, Exquisite Corpse, October 2009
  I Paid for Woodstock, REEL 13, August 2009
  Jewish Museum Munich (photographed Washington Heights for the exhibition design of Places of Exile: Munich and Washington Heights)
  For David Foster Wallace with Love and Squalus, Exqusite Corpse (the online literary magazine published by Andrei Codrescu in New Orleans)
2008 Larry Mantello, Neuberger Museum of Art, New York. Frog, Numéro 7, September 2008 (French translation by Patrick Hersant)
  Pigeon Study, Exquisite Corpse, (edited by Andrei Codrescu)
2007 Found Bird, Podium (an online literary magazine of the Unterberg Poetry Center at New York's 92nd Street Y)
2003 Helmbrechts walk 1998-2003, 48 plate unbound limited edition artist book
2002 The September 11 Photo Project, Harper Collins (full page color reproduction - World Trade Center North Tower collapsing)
2001 (image number 1500 and 1501 - fireman’s funeral Queens, New York)
  A Love Letter to Oleg Kulik - A Prince Among Men, A Man Among Dogs, Oleg Kulik Art Animal Ikon Gallery exhibition catalogue
2000 Remnants of Song; Trauma and the Experience of Modernity, Stanford University Press, Written by Ulrich Baer (3 b&w photographic illustrations of Buchenwald and Treblinka)
1997 A Love Letter to Oleg Kulik - A Prince Among Men, A Man Among Dogs, ARTNET,
1996 dennis adams at the queens museum, ARTNET, hhtp://
1995 TIME CAPSULE, A Concise Encyclopedia By Women Artists, Edited by Robin Kahn, Introductions by Kathy Acker and Avital Ronell
1994 How Many “Bad” Feminists Does It Take to Change a Lightbulb?, text by Laura Cottingham, copyright Sixty Percent Solution
1993 Promotional Copy, Editor, Robin Kahn
1987 New Observations, The Construction and Maintenance of Our Enemies, Co-ed. Stephen Prina and Christopher Williams

2019 Edited by Andrea Jahn, IN THE CUT: The Male Body in Feminist Art, Kerber, 2019 (exhibition catalogue)
2018 Marcin, Nadja Verena 150 Phalluses in Feminist Art Today, Hypergallergic, August 22, 2018
  Takac, Balasz What About the Male Body in Feminist Art? An Exhibition Examines, Widewalls, May 23, 2018
2016 McDonald, Rachael 'Susan Silas: the self-portrait sessions' Investigates the Projected Self, Entertainment Voice, July 14, 2016
  Cap, Max King CB1 Gallery: Susan Silas Artillery, June 30, 2016
  Mizota, Sharon Susan Silas' naked look at self-image at CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles Times, June 25, 2016
  Davis, Genie Continuing and Recommended, ArtScene, Summer, 2016
  Davis, Genie Susan Silas:the self-portrait sessions, Diversions L.A., June 2016
2015 Vartanian, Hrag Required Reading, Hyperallergic, December 6, 2015
  D'Agostino, Paul Sexed & Gendered & Not: Four NYC Artists, The L Magazine, February 11, 2015
2014 Sendyka, Roma, A Journey, the Pain of Others, and Historical Experience: Susan Silas (English version) RIHA Journal Special Issue: Contemporary Art and Memory, December, 31, 2014
  Michelli, Thomas, The Pursuit of Art, 2014, Hyperallergic, December 27, 2014  
  Lockemann, Bettina, The Power of Place: Photographing the Holocaust Today, Helsinki Photomedia 2014  
  Tschida, Anne, Art in the Everglades, Biscayne Times, July 7, 2014
  Somogyi, Zsófia, Susan Silas: Helmbrechts walk (In Hungarian) YouTube, 2014
  Thiessen-Schneider, Gudrun, 20 Jahre, Kunstverein Grafschaft Bentheim, 2014
  Edmiston, J.Harry ed. Susan Silas, Heist. Photography-Collective, April, 2014
  Schwendener, Martha, A Critic's Picks in Brooklyn, an Embattled Utopia, the New York Times, April 3, 2014
Micchelli, Thomas, Everlasting Love: Susan Silas's Intimate Photographs, Hyperallergic, March 15, 2014
2013 Petry, Michael ed., Nature Morte: Contemporary Artists Reinvigorate the Still Life Tradition, Thames and Hudson, 2013
  Wagley, Catherine, THE RAVENS, LA Weekly, October 3, 2013
  Blazekovic, Norelkys ed., Airie, IRREVERSIBLE ART BASEL MIAMI WEEK, 2013
Wagley, Catherine, Susan Silas: In The Studio, ArtVoices, Summer Issue, 2013
Borș, Sabin ed. Susan Silas: the self-portrait sessions, Anti-Utopias, Summer, 2013
2012 Steinhauer, Jillian, The Women of Miami Project, Hyperallergic, December 8, 2012.
  Quintais, Ana Pires, Tracing an Absent Memory: Jonathan Safran Foer's Everything is Illuminated and Susan Silas's Helmbrechts walk, 1998-2003, International Graduate Conference: "Discources that Matter," Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal, November 22, 2012.
2011 Zsofia, Somogyi, A halál elótt és után, Fotómúvészet, December 2011.
Feaster, Felicia Atlanta Contemporary Art Center has strong Sex Drive, Creative Loafing Atlanta, Nov. '11
  Tauches, Karen Art, Sex, and Politics in an Age of Conservative Heteronormativity, Burnaway, Oct. 2011
  Wood, Eve Susan Silas; CB1 Gallery, Artillery; Killer Text on Art, July 2011
  Harnish, Tracey Susan Silas, LA ART DIARY, April 27, 2011
  Denson, G. Roger Holocaust and Redemption in the Photography of Susan Silas, Huffington Post, April 5, 2011
  Clothier, Peter Art Notes, The Buddha Diaries, April 9, 2011
2010 Kaplan, Brett Ashley Landscapes of Holocaust Postmemory (chapter 5) Routledge 2011 Bless my homeland forever - I, too, will try to forget… Susanne Jäger 9/25/2010
  Reiger, Christopher Susan Silas' Heroic Living Hungry Hyaena, May 2010 (
2009 Finch, Charlie I Love Susan Silas ArtNet Magazine, August 2009
  Hanas, Erin "We're All Witnesses": Susan Silas: "Helmbrechts walk" (paper presented at the University of Iowa) Montage, 2009
2008 Kaplan, Brett Exposing Violence, Amnesia, and the Fascist Forest through Susan Silas and Collier Schorr's Holocaust Art. Images, vol 2, number 1, 2008. Brill publishing
2007 Kaplan, Brett On "Helmbrechts walk" Camera Austria International vol. 98/2007 (feature article wtih 8 pages of illustrations), editor Christine Frisinghelli
Kaplan, Brett Ashley Unwanted Beauty; Aesthetic Pleasure in Holocaust Representation. University of Illinois Press (with illustrations)
2005 Feinstein, Stephen (editor) Absence/Presence; Critical Essays on the Artistic Memory of the Holocaust Syracuse University Press (with illustrations)
Kaplan, Brett Ashely Helmbrechts walk 1998 - 2003, Exhibition brochure, The Koffler Gallery, Nov 2005
2002 Apel, Dora Memory Effects: The Holocaust and the Art of Secondary Witnessing, Rutgers University Press
2000 Braff, Phyllis Intersecting Identities; Jewishness at the Crossroads, The New York Times, 10 December 2000
Block, Julie Intersecting Identities; Jewishness at the Crossroads, The Stony Brook Statesman, 11 December 2000
1998 Susan Silas Sestava na Metelkovi Nedeljski Kazipot, 3 March 1998
1996 Catalogue for the exhibition Scratch Thread Waxing Space 2 May 1996
1995 McWilliams, Martha, Order out of Chaos: Burnt Whole: Contemporary Artists Reflect on the Holocaust, The New Art Examiner, April, pp. 12-17.
Kuspit, Donald, Kuspit Responds to Silas, Forward, February 17, p.__.
Silas, Susan, On Art About Art About the Holocaust, Forward, February 3, pp.9
Cottingham, Laura, If It’s Just A Symbol Then The Hell With It: Feminist Politics and Art, Atlantica, No.9, Winter, pp.84-91, 171-176 (with illustration)
Kuspit, Donald, Reducing the Holocaust to Artistic One-Liners, Forward, February 3, pp.9-10 (with illustration)
1994 Broude, Norma and Mary D. Garrard ed., The Power of Feminist Art, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, New York City (with illustrations).
1993 Levin, Kim, Voice Choices: Susan Silas at Jose Freire, The Village Voice, November 30, p.__.
Adelman, Robert, Review of ‘Playing House’, Art Press, September, p.__.
1992 Curtis, Cathy, Women’s Work Rich, Shocking, The Los Angeles Times, October 16, p. Dubin, Zan, Painting Themselves Out of A Corner, The Los Angeles Times, October 10,p.__.
Bonetti, David, Taking their battles to the galleries, The San Francisco Examiner, August 14, p.C-2.
Higuchi, Shoichiro, Two Sides of Susan Silas’ Imagination, Idea/Tokyo, May pp. 112-113 (with illustrations).
Musoeah, Rahel, Blacks and Jews Together, Hadassah, May pp.46-50.
1991 Bonetti, David, Review of Wirtz Exhibition, The San Francisco Examiner, November 22, p.__.
Anime, Patrick, Review of Candau Exhibition, Art Press, (Paris), No. 157, April, p.__.
Greddon, Humphrey, Feelin’Goofy, Spy, March, pp. 68-9.
Spring, Justin, Review, ARTFORUM International, January, p.124 (with illustration).
Hanson, Alan J., Review, Contemporanea, January, p. 98 (with illustration).
Blair, Dike, Review, ARTnews, January, pp.156-7 (with illustration).
Mahoney, Robert, Review, Arts Magazine, Janaury, P.105 (with illustration).
1990 Chico, Beith, Projections in Public: A Storefront Window Exhibition, Dialogue, November/December.
Schwartzman, Alan, Choices, The New Yorker, November 12, p.22.
Levin, Kim, Choices, The Village Voice, November 13, p.108.
Hess, Elizabeth, Balls to Picasso, The Village Voice, November 6, p.111 (with illustration)
2019 Why Woodstock Still Matters, BBC Sounds, interviewed by Des Shaw.
2015 Susan Silas, “MsRepresent: Behind the Face, a Fierce Woman,” at Rabble magazine, interviewed by Charlene Sayo
  Susan Silas, Museum of Non Visible Art, Yale University Radio, interview by Brainard Carey
  Globo TV (with Barbara Yoshida and Maura Reilly on the occasion of 100 Portraits: Woman Artists by Barbara Yoshida).
2014 ADULT — Interview: Susan Silas, interviewed by Julieta Cárdenas.
  Digital Dying — The Distance Between Art and Death - An Interview with Visual Artist Susan Silas, interviewed by Justin Nobel.
2009 Art on — Air International Radio, interviewed by Will Corwin.
2002 BBC Three Miles An Hour, interviewed by Caroline Barbour.
2012 MOMMY —An interview format appreciation of women artists working for over twenty years. Co-founded and co-edited with artist Chrysanne Stathacos at: MOMMY.

2013 National Parks Service at Everglades National Park (residential fellowship)
2012 New Space Arts Foundation, Hue, Vietnam (residential fellowship)
2011 MacDowell Colony (residential fellowship)
Marian O. Naumburg Fellow, 2011-2012
  Yaddo (residential fellowship)
2010 VCCA (residential fellowship)
2009 Ucross Foundation (residential fellowship)
2000 Memorial Foundation For Jewish Culture
1998 Memorial Foundation For Jewish Culture
Change, Inc.
The Lee and Lawrence J. Ramer Foundation
The Puffin Foundation, Ltd.
1997 The André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation
1992 Art Matters, Inc.
1988 Art Matters, Inc.

1992-02 New York University, Adjunct Faculty, Sculpture Department
1993 Cooper Union, Visiting Artist, Department of Fine Art

MFA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia
BA, Reed College, Portland, Oregon