Robert B Silberman

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Robert Silberman teaches courses in film history, the history of photography and modern and contemporary art history. He writes regularly for The Burlington Magazine, Ceramics: Art and Perception and other publications. He was the guest curator for World Views: Maps and Art, an exhibition that ran from September 1999 to January 2000 at the Weisman Art Museum. He and Vicki Goldberg were the Senior Consultants for American Photography: A Century of Images, a 3-part series for KTCA/PBS which was broadcast nationally in Fall 1999. They also wrote the companion volume published by Chronicle Books. Professor Silberman's collaboration with photographer Wayne Gudmundson on the Garrison Diversion Project in North Dakota resulted in a 2002 touring exhibition and book, both titled The Promise of Water. He has served as guest curator and catalogue author for five exhibitions at Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis: From the Garden: Forms, Images and Ideas, in 2004; Architecture and Ceramics: Material, Structure, Vision in 2008; Elemental in 2013; True North: Contemporary Canadian Ceramics in 2014; and Out of the Labyrinth: Contemporary Mexican Ceramics in 2015.

Educational Background & Specialties


  • film studies
  • history of photography
  • contemporary art
Courses Taught
  • ArtH 1921 - Introduction to Film Study
  • Art H 3921 - Art of the Film
  • ArtH 3/5940 - Film Noir
  • ArtH 3/5940 - The Cinema of Alfred Hitchcock
  • ArtH 3929 - Cinema Now
  • ArtH 5925 - The History of Photography
Research & Professional Activities


  • Board Member: Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul,
  • Domesticity and Beyond: Irve Dell, Christie Hawkins and the Place of Craft. Silberman, Robert, Dec.1998/Jan. 1999.
  • American Photography: A Century of Images. Silberman, Robert, Vicki Goldberg, Chronicle Books.
  • World Views: Maps and Art (exhibition catalogue). Silberman, Robert, Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota Press.
  • The Gateway. Silberman, Robert, Judith Martin, Jerome Foundation/Minnesota Center for Book Arts.
  • Morgan Park: Continuity and Change in a Company Town. Silberman, Robert, Anedith Nash, Tweed Museum of Art, St. Louis County Historical Society.
  • The Promise of Water. Silberman, Robert, Wayne Gudmundson, Institute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Author.
  • David and Reva Logan Competition, First Place Award
  • Vanessa Lynn Prize Essay, 1996