The proposed collection of essays, Classical New York: Greece and Rome in New York City’s Art & Architecture, 1830-1940, will fill a notable gap among the many books on New York’s art and architecture. As the quintessentially modern metropolis, New York City is often defined by the skyscrapers that dominate its skyline, a camera-ready subject for myriad trade books. Easily overlooked—and virtually ignored by scholars —is the formative influence of Greco-Roman art and architecture on the buildings and public monuments of New York from the height of the Greek revival style in the 1830s into the 1930s, when, for example, the sculptural program at Rockefeller Center recast classical myth in a notably modern form. During the century or so covered by the volume, New Yorkers repeatedly looked to the classical past for knowledge and inspiration in seeking out new ways to cultivate a civic identity, to design their buildings and monuments, and to structure their public and private spaces. The essays collected here will address discrete aspects of the influence of Greece and Rome on the development of New York City over the course of the nineteenth and into the twentieth century.
At present, the proposed volume will include the following papers:
- “The Custom House of 1833-1842: Portrait of a Wall Street Temple” - Francis Morrone, New York University
- “The Imperial Metropolis: Ancient Rome and New York City circa 1900” – Margaret Malamud, New Mexico State University
- “The Expression of Civic Life: Civic Centers and the City Beautiful in New York City” – Jon Ritter, New York University
- “The Classical World at the College of Staten Island: The Casts of the Parthenon Frieze
- (west III-XII)” – Sandra Gambetti, The College of Staten Island, The City University of New York
- “The Gould Library and Hall of Fame: Reinterpreting the Pantheon in the Bronx” – Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York
- “The Titans of Rockefeller Center: Atlas and Prometheus” - Jared Simard, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York
Papers have a word limit of 8,000 words per paper with 8-10 images. The contributions are due to the editors by February 1, 2016.
The volume is under contract with Fordham University Press.
Please submit an abstract of no more than 400 words for a proposed contribution with a CV to volume’s editors, Drs. Matthew McGowan (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis (email@example.com), by May 22th at 5 pm for consideration.
All questions can be directed to the editors.