History of Art


Daisy Silver

PhD supervisor: Briony Fer
Working title for PhD: 'Consumed by Modernism: Art and Design Encounters within Mexico and California, 1945-1968'

My doctoral research, supervised by Professor Briony Fer, looks at a network of artists and designers who were working between Mexico and California between 1945 and 1968. It examines how these creatives cultivated a new vision of modernism through collaborative, interdisciplinary practices which spanned international borders. The thesis also looks at the legacy of this moment as it has been revitalised by contemporary curatorial and artistic practices. My PhD is funded by the UCL History of Art Department. I hold an MA in History of Art, also from UCL, and an MA (Hons) Fine Arts from the University of Edinburgh.

Conference papers and presentations:

  • ‘Designed to be Constructive: Ruth Asawa & Clara Porset’ presented at ‘Ruth Asawa Symposium’, Modern Art Oxford, 07 June 2022
  • ‘Knots, Seams, Hinges: Discrepancias con C.P. Leonor Antunes’, presented at ‘Sculpture, Art, Craft or Industry’, University of York, 29 January 2020


  • 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)


  • 2023: Course Tutor, ‘Public Art, Graffiti and the Right to the City’, UCL
  • 2023: Course Tutor, ‘Architecture in London’, UCL
  • 2022: TA to Dr Jacob Paskins, ‘First Year Survey Course’, UCL


  • 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