Born Buenos Aires, Argentina: based in New York City, USA.



Silvia Kolbowski: A Few Howls Again, Gallery 44, Toronto. Curated by Magdalyn Asimakis, Jared Quinton, and Alexandra Sutcliff. (Delayed due to Covid-19)
an inadequate history of conceptual art, Galerie Colbert, Paris, INHA.
A Few Howls Again? Broadcast on Vision Siete Internacional, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2009After Hiroshima Mon Amour, curated by Ian White, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London.
After Hiroshima Mon Amour, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia. 
Silvia Kolbowski: Nothing and Everything, curated by Michèle Thériault. Galerie Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal.
2008After Hiroshima Mon Amour, curated by Christopher Bedford. La><art, Los Angeles.
2007Silvia Kolbowski: an inadequate history of conceptual art, Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw. Curated by Pawel Polit.
2004inadequate...Like...Power, Secession, Vienna.
2003Unposed,  Y8, Hamburg, curated by Benita-Immanuel Grosser.
2002Like Looking Away, American Fine Arts, New York.
2001Seven x 7, Seven, New York.
2000an inadequate history of conceptual art, Western Front, Vancouver.
1999an inadequate history of conceptual art, American Fine Arts, New York.
1997Closed Circuit, Postmasters Gallery, New York.
1995These goods are available at...,  an exhibition in six commercial sites in London, and at Galerie Roger Pailhas, Paris, sponsored by Desiring Practices.
1992Once more, with feeling, and "Already," Postmasters Gallery, New York.
Once more, with feeling, Galerie Roger Pailhas, Paris.
1990An example of recent work may be found in the windows of Harry Winston, Inc., from approximately 5:17 to 5:34 pm, New York (with Postmasters Gallery, New York).
1989Enlarged from the Catalogue: USA, Postmasters Gallery, New York.
1988Postmasters Gallery, New York
Interim Art, London.
1986Nature Morte Gallery, New York. "Here and There"
1985Nature Morte Gallery, New York.
1982CEPA Gallery, Buffalo.
1980Artists' Space, New York.


Courtauld Institute, London; Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw; Cooper Union, New York; San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco; Centro Hospitalar Psiquiátrico, Lisbon; Muthesius Hochschule, Kiel; Bard College, NY; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; Parsons/New School, Department of Fine Arts, NY; Princeton University, NJ; Vision Siete Internacional, Buenos Aires; Brandeis University, Massachussets; University of Pennsylvania; Carnegie Mellon Institute. 2nd Annual Babson Filmmaker lecture, Institute for Contemporary Art, London, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Washington University in St Louis; Yale Union, Portland, Emily Harvey Foundation, New York


2020 Kyffhäuserstraße 31, Ginerva Gambino, Cologne. Curated by Dennis Brzek and Simone Curaj
2019 The Intolerable Straight Line, Galerie Art & Essai, Universite Rennes II, Rennes.            Curated by Maud Jacquin and Sebastien Pluot. 
Terror, Urban Art Center, Gorzow, Poland. Curated by Leszek Golec. 
Una presentación sobre la insuficiencia de las imágenes, La Cueva, Mexico City. Curated by Jared Quinton.
2018 The Conditions of Being Art: Pat Hearn Gallery and American Fine Arts, Co., 1983-2004, Hessel Art
 Museum. Curated by Jeanine Tang, Ann Butler, Lia Gangitano.  
Drive-in Theater, FLAX @ Tin Flats. Curated by Maud Jacquin.         
2017 "Tension and Conflict," MAAT, Lisbon, curated by Pedro Gadanho.   
"Missing Asher," Mackey Garage, MAK Center, Los Angeles, curated by 
Simon Leung and Sebastien Pluot.
"Frame by Frame," Callicoon Fine Arts, New York
"That I am reading backwards and into for a purpose, to go on," The Kitchen, New York. 
Curated by Magdalyn Asimakis, Jared Quinton, Alexandra Symons Sutcliffe.
"Narrative Art," Mammo, Geneva, curated by Paul Bernard, Lionel Bovier, Julien Fronsacq.
"In Vitro," Bodega Gallery, New York, curated by Josephine Graf. 
2016 "In place of," Curated by Leah Pires, Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York. 
2014 "A WAR E: Mona Hatoum, Adela Jusic, Silvia Kolbowski, Paky Vlassopoulou," Curated by Kostas Stasinopoulos, Syros International Film Festival, Greece.
"Take it or Leave it: Institution, Image, Ideology," The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, curated by Johanna Burton and Anne Ellegood.
"Breaking News from the Ether: A letter always arrives at its destination," curated by Sebastien Pluot,Centre de Culture Contemporaine, Montpellier
2013"what was the right answer," and "A few howls again?"Sammlung-Hoffmann, Berlin.               
"Art by telephone ... recalled," Emily Harvey Foundation, New York, and several international locations, curated by Sebastien Pluot and Fabien Vallos. 
2012"A few howls again," A-Space, Toronto. Curated by Pablo de Ocampo for the Images Festival, Off-Screen.
 "This will have been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s," curated by Helen Molesworth, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
"Art and Fashion/Clothing," curated by Susanne Neuburger, Museum Moderner Kunst Siftung Ludwig, Vienna.
2011"The Deconstructive Impulse: Women Artists Reconfigure the Signs of Power, 1973-1992," curated by Helaine Posner and Nancy Princenthal. The Neuberger Museum; travel to Nasher Museum.
2010Taipei Biennial, curated by Hongjohn Lin, Tirdad Zolghadr. Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei.
"Film Matters," Centre for Contemporary Art, Athens. Curated by Barbara Piwowarska.
"Double Bind: Stop Trying to Understand Me!" Villa Arson, Nice, curated by Sebastien Pluot and Dean Inkster.
"Dissociation," Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart, curated by Axel Wieder, Tobias Kaspar, Egija Inzule.
2009"A Few Frames: Photography and the Contact Sheet," Whitney Museum of Art, New York.
"The Third International Center of Photography Triennial of Photography and Video," ICP, NYC.
"Our Time," Smallbox, Hospital Julio de Matos, Lisbon (Traveling to various venues.)
2006"The Look of Law, " University Art Gallery, University of Irvine.        
"Points d'Impact," Piano Nobile, Geneva.         
"Artist's Books, revisited," Art Metropole, Toronto, and Printed Matter, New York.
2004  The last Picture Show," Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (Exhibition traveled to many venues.)        
"Rapture," Barbican Art Gallery, London.
"Architourism," Arthur Ross Gallery, Columbia University.
2001PHAG, Inc., New York.
"Aussendienst," Kunstverein Hamburg, Hamburg (final stage unrealized). 
2000"The Whitney Biennial," The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
"Black Box," Oliver Art Center, Oakland.
1996"Something for Nothing," in "Present and Futures: Architecture in Cities," Centre de Cultura Contemporania, Barcelona.
"100 Pictures," American Fine Arts Gallery, New York.
"Making Pictures: Photographs by Women, 1975-Present," Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York.
Collaboration with Eisenman Architects, Design for a Viennese Memorial to the Jewish Victims of the National Socialists, Vienna (invited competition).
1995"Like the Difference between Autumn/Winter '94/'95 and Spring/Summer '95," in "Architectures of Display," Comme des Garcons, New York. Installation in collaboration with Peter Eisenman, Eisenman Architects, sponsored by the Architectural League and Minetta Brook, New York.
1994"L'Homelette" in "House Rules," The Wexner Center, Columbus. Project in collaboration with Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects.
1993"Commodity Image," International Center of Photography Midtown, New York.
"DisContinuous Spaces," The Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, and School of Architecture Gallery, Princeton University, Princeton. Project in collaboration with Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects.
Design consultant to Eisenman Architects, design for an Art Center, Tours, France (invited competition).
1991Postmasters Gallery, New York.
1990"Marginal Practices," Gracie Mansion Gallery, New York.
"New Directions," S. Bitter-Larkin Gallery, New York.
"Charade of Mastery," The Whitney Museum of American Art, Downtown at Federal Reserve Plaza, New York.
"Word as Image," Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee.
"The Desire of the Museum," The Whitney Museum of American Art, Downtown at Federal Reserve Plaza, New York. 
"Jet Lag," Turon Travel Agency, New York.
"Sculpture Show," THE Gallery, New York.
1990"Image World: Art and Media Culture,"  Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC.
1988"Fabrications," Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, Harvard University, Boston.
"Material Ethics," Milford Gallery, New York.
"Signs of the Times," Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris.        
"The Politics of Gender," Queensborough Community College Gallery, New York.        
"A Drawing Show," Cable Gallery, New York.
"Female Reproduction," White Columns, New York.        
"The Selling of Ourselves," 10 on 8, New York.          
"Modes of Address: Language in Art Since 1960," The Whitney Museum of American Art, Downtown at Federal Reserve Plaza, New York.
1987"The Castle," by Group Material, Documenta 8, Kassel, West Germany.
"Romance," Knight Gallery, North Carolina.
"This is not a Photograph," Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota.
"Aspects of Voyeurism," Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York.
"Perverted by Language," Hilwood Art Gallery, Long Island University.
"Art Against Aids," Nature Morte Gallery, New York.
"Three Artists from New York," Binghamton University Art Center, Binghamton.
1986"Picture This," Hallwalls, Buffalo.
"The Fairy Tale: Politics, Desire, and Everyday Life," Artist's Space, New York.
"The Public Art Show," Nexus Gallery, Atlanta.
1985"Transitional Objects," Galerie Philip Nelson, Lyons.
"Thought Objects," Cash/Newhouse Gallery, New York.
"Photo-Object," Postmasters Gallery, New York.
"Fact, Fiction, and Fantasy," Center Gallery, Bucknell University.
"Engendering Gender," University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
"Talking Back to the Media," Aorta Gallery, Amsterdam.
"Seduction: Working Pictures," White Columns, New York.
1984"Difference: On Representation and Sexuality," New Museum of Contemporary Art.
"Re-placements," Hallwalls, Buffalo.
1983"Fashion Fictions," White Columns, New York.
"The Stolen Image and its Uses," Light Work Gallery, Syracuse.
"Extended Photography," Wiener Secession, Vienna.
"Working Process," Organization for Independent Artists at the New York Cultural Center, New York.
1980"An/other History," P.S. One. Installation in collaboration with Laurie Hawkinson.
"AEIOU and sometimes why," Organization for Independent Artists at the New York Municipal Court Building, New York.


The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Berkeley Museum of Art, Berkeley, CA
Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin
Various private collections


(Unless symposium/panel title is noted, all locations indicate individual lecture.) "Small Changes," The Berlage Institute and the Zagreb City Planning Department; "Contemporary  Returns to Conceptual Art," New York University and Art Journal; "The Sex ofArchitecture," The  Architectural League; Harvard Graduate School of Design; Boston Museum School;  Massachusetts Institute ofTechnology; The School of Visual Arts; "ANYway" conference,  Barcelona; University of Kentucky; University of Ohio; "Practices: The Problem of Divisions of  Cultural Labor," The New Museum and Acme magazine; University of Rochester; Rhode Island  School of Design; Pasadena Art Center; Oberlin University; New York University; Whitney   Museum of American Art; Worcester Art Museum; California Institute of the Arts; UCLA;  Rensellaer Polytechnic Institute; "SOM Foundation Conference on Architectural Theory," Chicago; "Artists Talk on Art"; "Picturemakers," International Center of Photography; SUNY at  Binghamton; A Space; Renaissance Society; "Legacies of Critical Practice," DIA Art Foundation;  The Buell Center, Columbia University; The Berlage Institute; The Architectural Association; "La  Cultura de la Metropolis," Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona; Yale University;  Hochschule der Kunste, Emily Carr Institute, "Theory in Architectural Education, " Columbia  University, "The Artist as Public Intellectual?" The Secession and the Akademie der Biildenden  Kunste, Vienna, "Architecture and Perception," Departamento de Arquitectura, Universidad  Iberoamericana, Mexico City, The Getty Museum Research Center, "The Look of Law," UCI,  Irvine; CampariTalks, Artist's Space; Pratt Institute; Courtauld Institute of Art, London;  LAB cinema, Centrum Sztuki Wspolczesnej, Warsaw; Contemporary Art Strategies, Museum of Art, Lodzi; "The Next Step, International Conference of Museums of Modern and Contemporary Art, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana; Muthesius Hochschule, Kiel.; "Spheres of Interest," San Francisco Art Institute;CCS, Bard College; Fairfield College, CT; Princeton University, NJ (conversation with Emily Apter); "Feminism after the Waves," The Clark Institute and MoMA; Harvard University; Carnegie Mellon School of the Arts; Washington University in Saint Louis.


2018 Terra Foundation for American Art, Giverny, France
2017 Senior Loeb Fellow, Harvard University
2014 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Artswriters grant (blog)
1989 National Endowment for the Arts
1986 New York Foundation for the Arts


2000-presentAdvisory Board, October
1993-2000Co-editor, October
2007-presentAdvisory Board, Fillip
2001-2006Editor, Scapes
2004-2006Advisory Board, Michael Kalil Foundation, New York
1980-83Fellow, The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, New York


1974Franconia College, Franconia N.H. A.A. dipl.
1974-1980Hunter College, CUNY, N.Y., B.S., Magna cum Laude



Visiting Artist, Graduate School of Architecture, Design in the Public Realm Prog., Cambridge
Faculty, Haute Ecole dArt et de Design, CCC Program, Geneva
(Art studios; theory seminars)
2002, 2005,2007
Visiting Faculty, Art Department, The Cooper Union, New York  (Sculpture Studios; theory seminars)
1988-1996Faculty, The Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York
(Art studios/theory seminars)
1999-2008Faculty, Parsons School of Design/Department of Architecture, NYC
(Architecture studios; art/architecture theory seminars; Director of Public Programs)
1999Visiting Artist, Art Department, Muthesius Hochschule, Kiel
1998Visiting Artist, The Berlage Institute, Amsterdam
1997Visiting Lecturer, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Cambridge
Visiting Lecturer, Columbia University, GSAPP
Visiting Lecturer, Yale University, School of Architecture
1996Visiting Artist, Yale University, School of Art
1995Visiting Artist, California Institute for the Arts
Visiting Artist, New York University, Department of Art
Visiting Lecturer, The Berlage Institute
1994Visiting Artist, Boston Museum School
Visiting Artist, California Institute for the Arts
1988Visiting Artist, Claremont Graduate School
1985Visiting Artist, New York University, Department of Art
1984Visiting Artist, Banff Center for the Arts
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