FAU Professor Serves as Guest Curator for MoMA Exhibit

Vladimir Kulić, Ph.D.

Vladimir Kulić, Ph.D.

By brittany sylvestri | 7/10/2018

Vladimir Kulić, Ph.D., associate professor in Florida Atlantic University’s School of Architecture within the College for Design and Social Inquiry, is a guest curator for an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York titled, “Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980.” Organized by Kulić, as well as Martino Stierli, the Philip Johnson chief curator of architecture and design at The Museum of Modern Art; and Anna Kats, curatorial assistant in the Department of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art, the exhibit will be on view from July 15 through Jan. 13, 2019.

The exhibition is pivotal in two ways,” said Kulić.“First, it intervenes in the canonical history of modern architecture by demonstrating that highly innovative achievements were not limited to the Western world. In that sense, the exhibition exposes the U.S. audience to a little known alternative modernity with its own architectural masterpieces."

“Second, the show also draws attention to architecture’s social responsibility and its potential to shape public space and collective memory – questions that are highly relevant in today’s political climate.”

It is the first major U.S. exhibition to study the remarkable body of work that sparked international interest during the 45 years of the country’s existence. “Toward a Concrete Utopia” will include more than 400 drawings, models, photographs, and film reels culled from an array of municipal archives, family-held collections, and museums across the region, introducing the exceptional built work of socialist Yugoslavia’s leading architects to an international audience for the first time.

“Dr. Kulic’s participation as co-curator of this important MoMA exhibition is a great honor for FAU,” said Wesley Hawkins, Ph.D., dean of the College for Design and Social Inquiry at FAU. “His curatorial contributions around the world continue to raise the bar of professional and scholarly achievement, which adds immense value in the classroom and among fellow faculty.”

Kulić joined FAU in 2008 and teaches courses in architectural history, theory and design. He specializes in architecture after World War II, modernism in Central and Eastern Europe, the global exchanges of architectural culture, and contemporary criticism.

For more information about the exhibition, click here. For more information on the School of Architecture, visit cdsi.fau.edu/soa/.