History of Art


Daisy Silver

PhD supervisor: Briony Fer
Working title for PhD: 'Consumed by Modernism: Design Encounters within the Axis of Mexico and California'

My doctoral research, supervised by Professor Briony Fer, examines how modernist design histories have been employed in artistic practice, primarily within Mexico and California. My project centres on works by designers and artists Clara Porset, Luis Barragán, Julius Shulman, Ruth Asawa, Iñaki Bonillas, Leonor Antunes and Damián Ortega. My PhD is funded by the UCL History of Art Departmental Bursary. I hold an MA in History of Art, also from UCL, and an MA (Hons) Fine Arts from the University of Edinburgh.


  • Review of ‘In a Cloud, in a Wall, in a Chair: Six Modernists in Mexico at Midcentury, Art Institute of Chicago, 6 September 2019 – 12 January 2020’, Object, 22 (2020)

Conference papers and presentations:

  • ‘Knots, Seams, Hinges: Discrepancias con C.P. Leonor Antunes’, Sculpture, Art, Craft or Industry, University of York, 29 January 2020


  • 2019 UCL History of Art Departmental Bursary
  • 2017 Art Collection Acquisition Award, The University of Edinburgh
  • 2016 Andrew Grant Bequest Scholarship, The University of Edinburgh