Paul A. Ranogajec
I am an independent art historian with a Ph.D. from the City University of New York (2014). I write on architecture, art, and urban history from the Renaissance to the present, with special focus on the nineteenth century. My work is particularly interested in the historical and theoretical connections between architecture and rhetoric; on models and theories of artistic imitation and tradition; on the role of books and libraries in architectural design, theory, and education; and on the relation of architecture and urban design to modern citizenship. I work as Executive Associate in the President’s Office at the Open Society Foundations.
I can be found elsewhere online at LinkedIn and Academia.edu. My personal library is catalogued at LibraryThing. A small but ever-expanding collection of important essays at the intersection of architecture and the public realm is posted at Readlists.org.
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Ph.D. in Art History, City University of New York, 2014
Dissertation: “Apotheosis of the Public Realm: Civic Classicism in New York City’s Architecture.” Adviser: Kevin D. Murphy.
M.A. in Architectural History, University of Virginia, 2005
B.Arch. with minor in peace studies, University of Notre Dame, 2003
I. In progress ↓
Article: “Architecture, Individualism, and American Civic Identity from Jefferson to Croly”
Article: “Civic Classicism and Urban Scenography at New York Harbor: Scenes from the Water’s Edge.”
II. Articles & essays ↓
“Le palais de Dioclétien dans les publications américaines.” Forthcoming 2015.
Contributions to smarthistory.org: “Carrère and Hastings, The New York Public Library,” “Olmsted and Vaux, Central Park,” and “The Panthéon in Paris,” forthcoming August 2014; “Borromini, Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza in Rome,” “Boullée, Cenotaph for Newton,” and “Frank Lloyd Wright, the Robie House in Chicago,” forthcoming November 2014.
“The Houses of Hyde Park.” Lake Michigan Shore, February 2013.
“Covert Purposes” [review of “Scott Covert: ‘The Dead Supreme’” at Edelman Arts, New York]. Shore Newsletter, July 2012.
“Revaluing Victorian Art.” Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art Newsletter 16 (Spring 2009).
“The Lure of Italy Endures.” Fine Art Connoisseur 4, no. 3 (May 2007).
“George Gallo: Making Art with Brushes and Cameras.” Fine Art Connoisseur 3, no. 8 (September-October 2006).
III. Encyclopedia and catalog entries ↓
“Louise Bourgeois,” “Mary Cassatt,” and “Eva Hesse.” In Women in American History: An Encyclopedia, edited by Hasia R. Diner. New York: Facts on File, forthcoming.
“American Domestic Architecture (1900-45),” “British Colonial Cities in the Americas,” and “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Domestic Architecture.” In World History Encyclopedia, edited by Alfred J. Andrea and Carolyn Neel. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011.
“Architecture” and “Iron and Steel.” In The Encyclopedia of the Early Republic and Antebellum America, edited by Christopher Bates. Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 2010.
“William and Mary Dressing Table,” “William and Mary High Chest,” and “Federal Sideboard.” In A Jeffersonian Ideal: Selections from the Henry C. Landon III Collection of American Fine and Decorative Arts, edited by Maurie D. McInnis. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Art Museum, 2005.
IV. Book reviews ↓
Reviews for The Designer’s Review of Books:
Out of the Blue: The Essence and Ambition of Finnish Design, edited by Marko Ahtisaari and Laura Houseley (Berlin: Gestalten, 2014). Reviewed July 2014;
A Logo for London, by David Lawrence (London: Laurence King, 2013). Review forthcoming;
Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming, by Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2013). Review forthcoming.
New York Transformed: The Architecture of Cross & Cross, by Peter Pennoyer and Anne Walker (New York: Monacelli Press, 2014); and Industrial Sublime: Modernism and the Transformation of New York’s Rivers, 1900-1940, edited by Kirsten Jensen, et al. (New York: Fordham University Press, 2013). Review forthcoming.
Art and the Religious Image in El Greco’s Italy, by Andrew R. Casper (University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 2014). Reviewed in Art History Supplement 5, no. 2 (March 2015), forthcoming.
Architecture and the Historical Imagination: Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, 1814-1879, by Martin Bressani (Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2014). Reviewed in Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, forthcoming spring 2015.
Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture, by Gregory Sholette (London: Pluto Press, 2011); and 9.5 Theses on Art and Class, by Ben Davis (Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2013). Reviewed in Working USA: Journal of Labor & Society, forthcoming.
Parmigianino’s Madonna of the Long Neck: A Grace beyond the Reach of Art, by Edward J. Olszewski (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 2014); Pontormo e Rosso Fiorentino: Divergenti vie della “maniera,” edited by Carlo Falciani and Antonio Natali (Florence: Mandragora, 2014); and The Sensuous in the Counter-Reformation Church, edited by Marcia B. Hall and Tracey E. Cooper (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013). Reviewed in Journal of Art Historiography, forthcoming.
Collecting and Appreciating: Henry James and the Transformation of Aesthetics in the Age of Consumption, by Simone Francescato (Bern: Peter Lang, 2010). Reviewed in Journal of American Studies of Turkey, forthcoming.
The Cylinder: Kinematics of the Nineteenth Century, by Helmut Müller-Sievers’ (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2012). Reviewed in Bryn Mawr Review of Comparative Literature, forthcoming 2014.
The Arts and Crafts Movement in Scotland: A History, by Annette Carruthers (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2013). Reviewed in Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, forthcoming September 2014.
American Glamour and the Evolution of Modern Architecture, by Alice T. Friedman (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2010). Reviewed in Planning Perspectives 27, no. 1 (January 2012).
Great Public Squares: An Architect’s Selection, by Robert F. Gatje (New York: Norton, 2010). Reviewed in ARLIS/NA Reviews (August- September 2010).
Designing the Modern Interior: From the Victorians to Today, edited by Penny Sparke, et al. (Oxford: Berg Publishers, 2009). Reviewed in Southwest Journal of Cultures (July 2010).
The Sweet Smell of Home: The Life and Art of Leonard F. Chana, by Leonard F. Chana, Susan Lobo, and Barbara Chana (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2009). Reviewed in Indigenous Peoples Issues & Resources (December 2009).
Michelangelo, Drawing, and the Invention of Architecture, by Cammy Brothers (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2008). Reviewed in Italian Culture 27, no. 2 (September 2009).
Conferences & symposia ↓
Proposed panel session, co-chair Jason Tippeconnic Fox: “Art Historians and Their Personal Libraries.” 104th Annual Conference, College Art Association, Washington, D.C., February 2016. Under consideration.
Conference paper: “Scale and Herbert Croly’s Metropolis.” 68th Annual Conference, Society of Architectural Historians, Chicago, IL, April 2015.
Conference paper: “Antiquity from Books: Diocletian’s Palace in the American Architectural Imagination.” Diocletian’s Palace in the Works of Adam, Clérisseau and Cassas, Institute of Art History/Centar Cvito Fisković, Split, Croatia, November 2014.
Conference paper: “Beaux-Arts Urbanism and the Neo-Georgian in New York City.” Re-Appraising the Neo-Georgian 1880-1980, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London, UK, May 2011.
Conference paper: “The Public Realm and Classical Architecture in New York, 1880-1920.” Annual symposium, Association of Historians of American Art, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY, October 2010.
Conference paper: “Virtue and Style in the Public Realm: The Space of Appearance and American Beaux-Arts Architecture.” Taking Up Space: An Interdisciplinary Conference, Duke University, Durham, NC, January 2010.
Symposium Organizer: New Perspectives on Architecture in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, CUNY Graduate Center, October 2009
Symposium Co-organizer (organizer, Roberto C. Ferrari; co-organizer, Margaret R. Laster): Why Victorian Art? CUNY Graduate Center, February 2009
Conference paper: “David Ligare, Carlo Maria Mariani, and the Imago Hominis in Postmodern Classicism.” Annual meeting, Southeastern College Art Conference, New Orleans, LA, September 2008.
Conference paper: “Classicism in the Modern City: The Paternoster Square Debate.” Annual meeting, Southern Conference on British Studies, Richmond, VA, November 2007.
Conference Co-organizer: Shadows of War, Visions of Peace, Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, March 2003.
Professional service ↓
Faculty Representative: Alliance for Gender and Sexual Equality, York College, Spring 2011-Fall 2012
Instructor: Seminar in art for the New York State teacher certification exam, Department of Education, York College, Spring-Fall 2007
Contributing Editor, 2001-2003, and Contributing Editorial Board Member, 1998- 2001: Common Sense (student-faculty journal, University of Notre Dame).
“The Federal Presence: U.S. Mint Buildings across the Nation.” Exhibition produced for the U.S. Treasury Building and the Curator’s website, August 2004.
Brief, informal book reviews at LibraryThing.
Association of Historians of American Art
Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art
College Art Association
European Architectural History Network
Institute of Classical Architecture & Art
Philanthropy New York
Renaissance Society of America
Society of Architectural Historians
Victorian Society in America