A renowned expert of American Visual culture

This book is by Karen Zukowski, a well-known independent historian of late19th-century American visual culture, with a special interest in interiors. She holds a PhD from the City University of New York.

She was the curator of Olana State Historic Site, one of the finest surviving Aesthetic movement houses in America, built by Frederic Edwin Church, the Hudson River School painter.  Karen has also collaborated with many well-known institutions like the Brooklyn Museum, the Jordan-Volpe Gallery, the Cincinnati Art Museum, The New-York Historical Society and the National Trust for Historic Preservation…Just to name a few.

She is in much demand as a speaker and professor at institutions like the Cooper Hewitt/Parsons MA program in the History of Decorative Arts and Design, the Corcoran College of Art + Design, and the Victorian Society in America. She is an active member of several professional organizations for historic houses such as the American Association of Museums or the American Association for State and Local History.

Dr. Zukowski has published widely, in both academic and poplar publications.  Her 40+ publications include: “The Artistic Hearth: The Fireplace in the American Aesthetic Movement” in The Magazine Antiques, “Sparkle and Glow: Light in the Aesthetic Movement Interior,” in Old House Journal, “Creating and Recreating Old World Atmosphere – The Dining Room at Olana” for the College Art Association.  Her PhD thesis was on the aesthetic and sociological reasons that late 19th-century American artists created elaborately-furnished studios.