Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2013-14

(Brooklyn, NY)Matthew Silver

Project Description

Matthew Silver is a street performance artist with the focused intention of making people laugh.  He has been performing on Brooklyn and Manhattan streets for seven years as a Court Jester.  His intention is to make the entire world laugh at nothing, as an act of peace.  He will continue to perform on the street until he has achieved his desired outcome. His work is documented and has already received major press from the Brooklyn Paper, Gothamist, Paper Mag, Village Voice and Time Out NY.


Matthew Silver is a Performance Artist and clown, mostly known for his work on the street, Astor Cube, Washington Square Park, Union Square and the L-Line Subway, currently performing in Brooklyn, NY under the Myrtle/Broadway JMZ stop. On stage and in art galleries he's performed locally in Brooklyn and Manhattan at Goodbye Blue Monday, Grace Exhibition Space, Panoply Lab, Gowanus Ballroom, CPR, Sidewalk Cafe, The Outlet, NUTUREart and Spattered Columns in Soho. When he performs outside it’s for smiles and laughter, and getting others to act silly too. When he performs inside his motivation is also to make people feel confused, scared and awkward.