Professors Shelley Rice and Kenneth Silver Named to France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

7 Mar


Department of Art History professors Shelley Rice and Kenneth Silver have been awarded the rank of chevalier, or knight, in France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for their contributions to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world.

The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, awarded by France’s minister of state for cultural affairs, was established in 1957 to recognize eminent artists and writers.  Laureates include both natives of France and non-natives.  Recent American recipients include Paul Auster, Ornette Coleman, Morgan Freeman, Marilyn Horne, Richard Meier, and Meryl Streep.  The list of recipients is published in France in the “Journal Officiel” of the French government.

Professor Rice, who is also Arts Professor in the Department of Photography and Imaging at NYU’s Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & Television in the Tisch School of the Arts, is the author of Parisian Views, which was shortlisted for the United Kingdom’s Kraszna-Krausz Award; the editor of Inverted Odysseys: Claude Cahun, Maya Deren, Cindy Sherman; and the co-author of numerous books, including: Paris et le Daguerreotype; Jacques-Henri Lartigue; The Book of 101 Books; and the Nouvelle Histoire de la Photographie, for which she was the American consultant.

She has served as guest curator of several important exhibitions, including “Inverted Odysseys” at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery (1999-2000; with Lynn Gumpert), which won the International Art Critics’ Association’s award for Best Photography Exhibition in the United States.  A Guggenheim Fellow in 1992-93, Professor Rice also is the recipient of Fulbright Senior Fellowships to France (1989-90) and Turkey (1999), a Bourse d’Etude from the French Minister of Culture (1991), and a Hasselblad Grant from Sweden (1988), the PEN/Jerard Award for Non-Fiction Essay (1989), and grants from the National Endowments of the Arts and Humanities.  Her articles, essays, reviews, and columns have appeared in Art in America, Art Journal, Aperture, the New Republic, French Studies, Artforum, and other journals.  Professor Rice has taught at NYU since 1982.  Her lecture courses, “The Social History of Photography” and “The Aesthetic History of Photography,” and advanced undergraduate seminars, including “Archive, Images, Text,” are perennially popular with CAS and Tisch students alike.

Professor Silver’s published works include Esprit de Corps: The Art of the Parisian Avant-Garde and the First World War, 1914-1925, awarded the Charles Rufus Morey Prize of the College Art Association of America; Making Paradise: Art, Modernity, and the Myth of the French Riviera; and Paris Portraits: Artists, Friends, and Lovers.  He has curated several major museum exhibitions, including “The Circle of Montparnasse: Jewish Artists in Paris 1905-1945” (1985); “An Expressionist in Paris: The Paintings of Chaim Soutine” (1998; with Norman Kleeblatt); and “Sarah Bernhardt: The Art of High Drama” (2005; with Carol Ockman), which won the Victorian Society of America award for Best Exhibition and Catalogue in 2007.

Professor Silver is the recipient of the Prix du Livre, Beaux Arts, Paris, as well as grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Getty Research Institute, and the American Council of Learned Societies.  He is Adjunct Curator at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT.  His major exhibition, “Chaos and Classicism:  Art in France, Italy, and Germany, 1918-1936,” opened at New York’s Guggenheim Museum on October 1, 2010 and is now showing at the Museo Guggenheim, Bilbao.  Professor Silver has taught in the Department of Art History for over two decades and is a two-time winner of the College of Art and Science’s Golden Dozen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.  He served as Chair of the department from 2003-2007.  He also teaches graduate students through NYU’s Institute for French Studies.

(This article was written by Kathryn Smith and published in an earlier version by James Devitt in NYUNews).




2 Responses to “Professors Shelley Rice and Kenneth Silver Named to France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres”

  1. Erin Donnelly 04/15/2011 at 2:45 pm #

    Congratulations, Shelley and Professor Silver! Erin Donnelly (Class of ’94)


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