Carol Herselle Krinsky

Professor of Art History, Department of Art History, and the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU

Ph.D. 1965, M.A. 1960, the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University; B.A. 1957, Smith College (all: art and architectural history).

Areas of Interest

20th century architecture and planning; 15th century painting.

External Affiliations

Society of Architectural Historians, (President, 1984-86); College Art Association; Int'l Center of Medieval Art; Cooperative Preservation of Architectural Records, (President, 1975-80); World Monuments Fund-Jewish Heritage Council 1995-99; MacDowell Colony (Board Member, 1989-); Urban History Association; International Survey of Jewish Monuments (Vice-President, 1985-95)

Fellowships and Honors

Phi Beta Kappa; American Council of Learned Societies, 1981; Meiss Publication Award, College Art Association, 1985; National Jewish Book Award, 1986; Merit of Distinction, International Center for Holocaust Studies, 1987; Golden Dozen Teaching Award, NYU, 1990; Brunner Research Award, American Institute of Architects, NYC chapter, 1990; National Endowment for the Arts, 1993; Senior Fulbright Scholar; (2005-10), Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award/College Art Association, 2004


Di Lucio Vitruvio Pollione ‘De architectura.’ Libri dece traduti de latino in Vulgar Affigurati: Com[m]entati: & con mirando ordine insigniti: Nachdruck der kommentierten   ersten italienischen Ausgabe von Cesare Cesariano, Como, 1521, Munich, Wilhelm Fink Verlag, l969. Essay, index.

Rockefeller Center, New York, Oxford University Press, 1978.  Parts reprinted in Johanna Gibson, ed., Case Studies in Academic Writing, Addison-Wesley-Longman, 2002

Synagogues of Europe: Architecture, History, Meaning. New York/ Cambridge MA Architectural History Foundation/ MIT Press, l985, rev. ed. New York, Dover Publications, l996

Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore Owings & Merrill, New York/Cambridge MA, Architectural History Foundation/MIT Press, 1988

Europas Synagogen: Architektur, Geschichte, Bedeutung, Stuttgart, Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, l988

 Contemporary Native American Architecture: Cultural Regeneration and Creativity, New York, Oxford University Press, l996

Co-editor (with Kathryn A. Smith) Studies in Manuscript Illumination: A Tribute to Lucy Freeman Sandler, London/Turnhout, Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2008

Chapters in Books

“St. Petersburg-on-the-Hudson: The Albany Mall,” Art the Ape of Nature (Essays in Honor of H.W. Janson), ed. L.F. Sandler and M. Barasch, New York,  Abrams/Prentice-Hall, l98l, pp. 771 -787

“Chicago and New York: Plans and Parallels,” Centennial Lectures. The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Contemporary Books,  l983, pp. 219-235.  Translated and published in Boletin del Posgrado de Historia, Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires,  vol. 8, May, 2016

“Sister Cities: Architecture and Planning in the  Twentieth Century,” Chicago and New York: Architectural Interactions ed. J. Zukowsky, Chicago, l984, pp. 50-76

“Rockefeller Center,” Artistic Strategy and the Rhetoric of Power, ed. D. Castriota, Carbondale/Edwardsville, l986, pp. l45-156

“Architecture,”New York, l940-l965, ed. L. Wallock, Fribourg/New York, Rizzoli/Office du Livre,  l988, pp. 88-121

“Ethnicity and Architecture: Native Americans’ and Others’,” Icon to Cartoon: ATribute to Sixten Ringbom, ed. M. Terttu Knapas and A. Ringbom (Studies in Art History, 16), Helsinki, Taidehistorian Seura, 1995, pp. 109-124.. 

“Between Europe and the New World: Britain’s Place in Synagogue aArchitecture," Building Jerusalem: Jewish Architecture in Britain,  ed. Sharman  Kadish, London/Portland OR, Vallentine/Mitchell, 1996, pp. 18-33

“Inventing Ethnic Architecture: American Indians and Others,” Architectural Studies in Honor of Richard Krautheimer, ed. C. L. Striker, Mainz, Ph. von Zabern, l996, pp. 87-90.

“Boltanski at Hellerau: Alltage. So it Goes,” in BauKunst/KunstBau. Festschrift zum 65 Geburtstag von Professor Jurgen Paul,  ed., Gilbert Lupfer, Konstanze Rudert, Paul Sigel,  Dresden, Hellerau-Verlag, 2000, pp. 162-169

“Solving Problems in Three Dimensions,” Kohn Pedersen Fox:Architecture andUrbanism, New York, Rizzoli, 2002, pp. 18-23 

“German Influence on Architecture in New York City between the World Wars,” Dauer und Wechsel (Festschrift fur Harold Hammer-Schenk zum 60 Geburtstag), Ed. Xenia Riemann, Christiane Salge, et al., Berlin, Lukas, 2004, pp.201-213                                              

“The Skyscraper Ensemble in its Urban Context: Rockefeller Center,” The American Skyscraper: Cultural Histories, ed. Roberta Moudry, New York, Cambridge University Press, 2005, pp. 201-213

“New York City: How Its Port Shaped Its Architecture,” Port Cities: Dynamic Land-Scapes and Global Networks, ed Carola Hein, London, Routledge, 2011, pp.198-213 

“Is There a Jewish Architecture?” Jewish Architecture in Europe, ed. A. Cohen-Mushlin, H. Thies, B. Narkiss,  Petersberg, Imhof, 2010 (Proceedings of the International Conference in Braunschweig, 8-11 October 2007), pp. 353-364

“New York City: How its Port Shaped its Streets and Building Locations,” Port Cities:Dynamic Landscapes and Global Networks, ed. Carola Hein, London, Routledge, 2011

“New York,” Typology—Hong Kong, Rome, New York, Buenos Aires (Review 11), ed. Emanuel Christ and Christoph Gantenheim,Zurich, Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule and Park Books,   2012

“The Office Building Architecture of the Early 20th Century in New York,’” Stadtent-wicklung zur Moderne,  ed. Frank Pieter Hesse, Hamburg, ICOMOS, 2012 also posted on ICOMOS Website 2012 as “New York’s Skyscrapers 1880-1940”

“Religious Architecture and Art in New York City, ca. 1965-85,” Religion and Art in the Heart of Modern Manhattan: St. Peter’s Church and the Louise Nevelson Chapel,Ed. Aaron Rosen, London/Burlington,  Ashgate (now Informa), 2015 pp.43-71

Selected Articles

“Romanesque Architecture and Some Eighteenth Century Critics,” Gesta l964 #1-2, pp. 20-21

“Seventy-Eight Vitruvius Manuscripts,” Journal of the Warburg and CourtauldInstitutes 30, l967, pp. 36-70

“A View of the Palazzo Medici,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians28, l969, pp. 133-135

“Representations of the Temple of Jerusalem before 1500,” Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 33, l970, pp. 1-19

“Cesariano and the Renaissance without Rome,” Arte Lombarda 16, 1971, pp. 211-218

“Rockefeller Center,” Antiques l07, July-August, l979, pp. 478-486

“The Chrysler Preserved,” Art in America 67, July-August l979, pp. 80-87.

“The Movement to Preserve Architectural Records,” Journal of the American Institute of Architects 68, March, l9979, pp l40+

“Hector Guimard’s Art Nouveau Synagogue in Paris,” Journal of Jewish Art 6, l979, pp. l05-111

“American Architectural Records: Creating Order and Organization,” Restorator 4,1980, pp. 115-ff/. (with Catha G. Rambusch)

 “l50 Years of NYU Buildings,” New York University Education Quarterly 12 #3, l98l, pp. l8-28

“The Fred F. French Building: Mesopotamia in Manhattan,” Antiques 121 #1, l982, pp. 284-291.

“Preservation of Jewish Monuments,” Jewish Ethnology and Folklore Newsletter 6 #1-4, l983-84, pp. ll-12

 “The Gates of the Grove Synagogue,” Easthampton Star 12/17/87 reprinted in Faith and Form l990 and excerpted in Kunst und Kirche Jan., l99l, pp. 20-23

“Cultural Identity in Modern Native American Architecture: A Case Study, “ Journal of Architectural Education, 49 #4, May, 1996, pp. 237-245. (with Tony Atkin)

“The Sculpture at Rockefeller Center,” Sculpture Review.  XLVIII #l, l999, pp. 8-15

“Karl May’s Western Novels and Aspects of their Continuing Influence, “American Indian Culture and Research Journal XXIII 2, August, l999, pp.53-72

 “Native Americans: Contemporary Architecture,” Encyclopedia of the Great Plains, ed. David Wishart,  Lincoln, University of Nebraska Press, 2004

“…And Architecture of Washington’s Newest Museum,” Wall Street Journal, Dec. 6, 2004 (about the National Museum of the American Indian)

“State of the Field: Studies of Identity in Modern Architecture,” Anales deinvestigaciones estéticas,  26, #85, 2004, pp. 31-45

“The Synagogues of Poznan,” Polin: East European Jewish Affairs 20, 2007, pp. 431-445

“Synagogue Architecture,” YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe 2008

“19th Century Synagogues” Cambridge Dictionary of the Jewish Religion, ed., Judith Baskin, Cambridge University Press, 2008

“How Wallace Harrison and Gordon Bunshaft Became Famous,” DoCoMoM Conference Proceedings, VIII International Conference, 2004,   2008

“Art Deco Aboard Normandie,” Seaport 45 #2, 2010, pp.  28-35

“Stieglitz and the New Architecture,” Seaport 45 #4, 2010, pp. 16-19

“Religious Architecture in Modern Times: Against the Art Historical Mainstream,” La Imagen sagrada y sagralizada II (XXVIII Coloquio internacional de Historia del Arte II), ed. Peter Krieger, Mexico City, Universida Nacional Autonoma, Instituto de Investigaciones Esteticas, 2011, pp. 385-403

“Windows for Abstract and Representational Devotion: Glass in Religious Buildings of The United States ca 1945-1980,” Kunstlicht, 2014, pp.  

“The Turin-Milan Hours: Revised Dating and Attribution,” in Journal of the Historians of Netherlandish Art, 2014 #2 (online, unpaged)

“Why Hand G of the Turin-Milan Hours was not Jan van Eyck,”    Artibus et Historiae #71, 2015, pp. 31-60

“Reception of the Baroque in US university textbooks in art history,”Journal of Art Historiography,” 15, Dec. 2016 10 pages, l5/  CHK1             

“The Empire State Plaza, Revisited,” MŌD, 2, 2017