Raymond Silverman

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Raymond Silverman

Professor, History of Art & Afroamerican and African Studies
Director, Museum Studies

Office Location(s): 5516 Haven Hall
Phone: 734.615.9847; 734.936.6401
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Department of Afroamerican and African Studies
  • Fields of Study
    • Visual cultures of Africa, museum studies
  • About

    Raymond Silverman is on leave during 2015-16.

    Silverman’s research and writing deal with the visual traditions of Ethiopia and Ghana, and recently with museum and heritage discourse in Africa. His work over the last twenty years has focused on the visual culture of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Book-length publications include Ethiopia: Traditions of Creativity (University of Washington Press, 1999) and Painting Ethiopia: The Life and Work of Qes Adamu Tesfaw (Fowler Museum, UCLA, 2005). He is currently working on a monograph titled Icons of Devotion/Icons of Trade: Contemporary Painting and the Orthodox Church in Ethiopia. Silverman is also now working in the field of museum and heritage studies, exploring “museum culture” in Africa, specifically how local knowledge is translated in national and community-based cultural institutions. He recently edited a collection of essays on this theme, Museum as Process: Translating Local and Global Knowledges (Routledge, 2015).

  • Education
    • PhD University of Washington
  • Selected Publications:
  • Books