Photograph by Carrie Schneider

Friday, April 17, 2020 - 1:00pm to 6:30pm

College Hall, Room 200


Kaja Silverman has decided to retire after this academic year, an opportune moment to honor her many achievements and contributions to the field and to celebrate the numerous relationships she has nurtured with colleagues, friends, and students over the course of her illustrious career. The symposium will feature talks by T. J. Clark, Anne M. Wagner, and Kaja herself, and introductions by Elise Archias, Thom Collins, Huey Copeland, Kathy Sachs, and others.



Welcome by Michael Leja, Department Chair, James and Nan Wagner Farquhar Professor of History of Art, University of Pennsylvania
Introduction by André Dombrowski, Associate Professor of History of Art, University of Pennsylvania; David L. Eng, Richard L. Fisher Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania; and Homay King, Chair and Professor of History of Art and the Eugenia Chase Guild Chair in the Humanities, Bryn Mawr College

"It Must Give Pleasure: Matisse's Garden at Ivry, 1917,” T. J. Clark, George C. and Helen N. Pardee Chair Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley
Introduction by Elise Archias, Associate Professor of Art History, The University of Illinois at Chicago
Coffee Break
“The Soul of Sculpture,” Anne M. Wagner, Class of 1936 Professor Emerita, University of California, Berkeley
Introduction by Huey Copeland, Arthur Andersen Teaching and Research Professor, Interim Director of the Black Arts Initiative, Associate Professor of Art History, Northwestern University
Coffee Break
“The One and Only,” Kaja Silverman, Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Professor of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania
Welcome by Katherine Sachs CW’69, Trustee Emerita, University of Pennsylvania
Introduction by Thom Collins, Neubauer Family Executive Director and President, Barnes Foundation
Reception—open and free for all; in the Fisher Fine Arts Library atrium


This event is sponsored by the Departments of the History of Art, English, and Fine Arts/Stuart Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania; the University of Pennsylvania’s Keith L. and Kathy Sachs Program in Contemporary Art; and Kaja Silverman’s Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award. This event is organized by André Dombrowski, David Eng, and Homay King.