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Dr. Eric M. Wolf

Head Librarian and Adjunct Faculty MA, New York

PhD, Harvard University
MA, Harvard University
MSLIS, Pratt Institute
BA, University of California, Santa Cruz

Eric is a librarian, art historian, lecturer and scholar. His research interests range from Italian Renaissance art and architecture, to large post-war site-specific installations, to the history and theory of museums. He has worked at museums including the Frick Collection in New York and the Menil Collection in Houston.  His publications include the 2010 monograph American Art Museum Architecture: Documents and Design (New York: W.W. Norton and Company), the 2014 essay “Four Alternatives to Civilization” in the catalog of the exhibition Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence, held at the Menil Collection, Houston and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum in Geneva, Switzerland (2014-15); he is also a contributor to Grove’s Dictionary of Art.  He has taught courses on museum ethics at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston.

Dr. Eric M. Wolf
  • Professional Affiliations

    Professional Affiliations

    ARLIS/NA (Art Libraries Society of North America)
    ARLIS/NA Liaison to the College Art Association (2020-2021)
    Secretary, ARLIS/NA Executive Board (2013-2015)
    Chair, Documentation Committee (2015-2017)
    Member, Conference Planning Committee (2014-2015)
    Member, 2010-2015 ARLIS/NA Strategic Planning Taskforce (2009-2011)
    Committee Member, Nominating Committee (2008-2009; 2010-2011, 2016-2017)
    New York Chapter, Board Member-at-Large for Membership (2006-2007)
    Texas-Mexico Chapter, Vice President (2017), President (2018)

    NYTSL (New York Technical Services Librarians)
    Past President (2007-2008)
    President (2006-2007)
    Vice President/President Elect (2005-2006)

    CAA (College Art Association)
    Co-chair, Member, Committee on Research & Scholarship (2020-2023)

    AAM (American Alliance of Museums)

    Holocaust Museum Houston
    Member, Friends of the Boniuk Library Steering Committee (2017-2018)

    Oxford University Press
    Editorial Board Member, Grove’s Dictionary of Art, Oxford Art Online (2018- )
  • Publications



    American Art Museum Architecture: Documents and Design, New York: W.W. Norton &Company, 2010.

    Making an Entrance: Design Philosophy and the Entry in Western Architecture, Catalog and Exhibition held at the New York School of Interior Design, Sept. 20-Dec. 21, 2007.

    Articles and Book Chapters

    "Specific Legacies." in Battista, Kathy, and Bryan Faller. Creative Legacies: Critical Issues for Artists' Estates. London: Lund Humphries. 2020.

    “The Small Easy: Budget Neutral Digital Projects at Smaller Libraries” (with Lauren Gottlieb-Miller), in Art Documentation, Vol 36, No. 2, fall 2017.

    “Four Alternatives to Civilization: Gandhi’s Ashrams, Their Sources and Principles”, in Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence, The Menil Collection and Yale University Press, 2014.

    “Reevaluating Francesco di Giorgio on the Form and Nomenclature of Columns”, Reconstructing Francesco di Giorgio Architect, Peter Lang Verlag, 2011.


    Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin and ‘Form into Spirit: Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin’”, exhibition review in, April 2018.

    “The Architecture of Art Museums: A Decade of Design, 2000-2010”, book review in ARRIS: The Journal of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, 2014, volume 25, p. 69-70.
  • Conferences/Lectures


    “The Kingdom of God is Abstraction: Modernism and Sacred Space”, public lecture presented by the Department of Art and Music History, College of the Arts and Sciences, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, November 12, 2018.

    “The Rothko Chapel: The Evolution of a Sanctuary for All”, paper presented for Artful Thursday Lecture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in conjunction with the exhibition “Mark Rothko: Retrospective”, Houston, Texas, October 1, 2015.

    “Museum as Metaphor: The Building History of the Museum of Modern Art”, paper presented at the 1st  Annual Museum Studies Symposium, The Blanton Museum of Art,The University of Texas at Austin, March 29, 2014.