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Harriet F. Senie
Campus Affiliation: City College of New York
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 1981
Research Interests: Public Art and Memorials

Professor of Contemporary American Art  |

Professor Harriet Senie's chief research areas are public art, memorials, memory, and material culture. She is a Professor of Art History at City College. In Fall 2000, Prof. Senie was Visiting Distinguished Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. She previously served as Associate Director of the Princeton Art Museum and Gallery Director at SUNY, Old Westbury. In 2008, she co-founded with Professor Cher Krause Knight (Emerson University), Public Art Dialogue, an international organization that is also a CAA affiliate. The journal, Public Art Dialogue, that she co-edited with Prof. Knight, appears twice annually and is the only peer review journal devoted to public art. She has served on the Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers; the She Built NYC advisory panel; and was recently appointed to the Task Force on Monuments, Statues, Public Art and Historical Markers by the New York City Council. 


Co-editor and contributor. Museums and Public Art? Cambridge Scholars Press, 2018.

Memorials to Shattered Myths: Vietnam to 9/11. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Co-editor and contributor. Companion to Public Art. Wiley Blackwell, 2016.

Co-editor. Dangerous Precedent? The `Tilted Arc' Controversy. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2001.

Co-editor and contributor, Critical Issues in Public Art: Content, Context, and Controversy. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian, 1998.

Contemporary Public Sculpture: Tradition, Transformation, and Controversy. Oxford: Oxford, 1992.


Monumental Controversies: Mount Rushmore, Four Presidents and the Quest for National Identity – in process