Erik Gustafson

Erik Gustafson

Adjunct Faculty

Art History: Medieval & Renaissance Art & Architecture

Erik Gustafson is an architectural historian of medieval and renaissance Europe and the Mediterranean, broadly interested in the engagement of historical viewers with architectural space.  His work investigates the ways in which the visual culture of architecture incorporates diachronic architectural traditions with the synchronic experience of viewers within architectural spaces.  He is particularly interested in the phenomenology of historical religious experience, and in how the constant dialogue between traditions of the past and the needs of the present produced architectural culture.

Selected Publications

Refereed Articles:

“Medieval Franciscan Architecture as Charismatic Space,” in The Faces of Charisma, edited by Martha Rust & Brigitte Bedos-Rezak, Brill, 2017 (accepted, volume in production).

“The Palimpsest-ing of a Crusader Portal on a Cairene Madrasa,” in The Monument as Palimpsests: Buildings, Sites, Time, edited by Nadja Aksamija, Clark Maines & Philip Wagoner, Brepols, 2017 (accepted, volume in production).

“Roman versus Gothic in Trecento Architecture,” in conference proceedings for the 2016 Andrew Ladis Trecento Symposium, edited by Holly Flora & Sarah Wilkins, Brepols, 2018 (accepted, volume in preparation).

2017    “How Urban was Urban for the Mendicants in Medieval Tuscany?” in Medieval Urban Planning: The Monastery and Beyond, edited by Mickey Abel, 148-173 (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2017).

2007    “Architecture and the Image of Architecture: Documenting, Teaching and Photographing the Built Environment.” Visual Resources Association Bulletin 34, no. 2 (2007): 34-50.

2006    “Documents and Images: Animating the Institute of Fine Arts’ Lantern Slide Collection.” Visual Resources Association Bulletin 32, no. 3 (2006): 23-25; 35-36; 40-55.

Courses Taught

ARTH 200 (Spring 2017)


Ph.D.   2012    Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

M.A.   2004    Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

B.A.    2001    Wesleyan University, Department of Art & Art History, with High Honors