Kris Racaniello

Kristen Racaniello

Research Interests

  • Areas of research: Romanesque and Gothic Art & Architecture
  • Minor: Islamic Architecture in Europe & the Americas, 1750 to the present
  • Ritual, Performance, Gender and Materiality in Franco-Iberian Shrine Space from the 1000s to 1400s.


  • B.A. in Art History and B.F.A. in Fine Art at Purchase College, SUNY (Summa Cum Laude, 2014)
  • M.A. in Medieval Art History at Hunter College, CUNY (2017)

Kris N. Racaniello, MPhil (2021) is a medievalist and curator. They are a PhD candidate at the Graduate Center, CUNY, with a research fellowship at the DFK Paris (2023) and the Kress Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History, Rome (2023-25).  Their Dissertation in-progress is entitled “The Power of Material Narratives: Constructing Shrines Across the Pyrenees Over the Long Twelfth Century,” and approaches shrines as consciously constructed sites that reframed and retold local histories–– in effect "marketing" the shrine sites as (re)newed cult centers–– through the efforts of a group of special, competing shrine concepteurs. Kris is involved in the ongoing European Union project “Conques in the Global World” as the head of the project’s auralization branch, producing acoustic data collection and processing the soundscape of the Abbey Church in Conques, France. Racaniello is Co-Director at Field Projects gallery and was NY Gallery Manager for Les Enluminures (2016-2022).