The American Institute of Architects, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Jaroslav Frágner Gallery Prague, present the opening of the exhibition Prague Functionalism: Tradition and Contemporary Echoes on May 4, 2017, at 6 pm. The exhibition presents Prague’s functionalist buildings, projects, and drawings. Functionalist projects from the 1920s and 1930s, and contemporary projects influenced by Czech Functionalist tradition will be displayed.
Program:6:00 pm - Opening of the exhibition
6:45 pm - Guided tour on the exhibition
7:15 pm - Lecture: Prague Modern Architecture 1900-1950: From Art Nouveau and Cubism to Avant Garde by Zdeněk Lukeš, art historian
Location:The American Institute of Architects421 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004
Curators: Zdeněk Lukeš and Dan Merta Graphic Design: Tomáš Brichcín (Studio Novák & Balihar) Exhibition Architect: Jiří PříhodaAbout the lecturer: Zdeněk Lukeš is an architect, historian, and professor of architecture at the New York University in Prague. He is the author and co-author of about 50 books on modern architecture as well as hundreds of articles in Czech newspapers and magazines. He has contributed to the Czech Public TV series, Ten Centuries of Architecture, as well as to Czech Public Radio and BBC. Lukeš graduated from the Czech Technical University in Prague. He was actively involved in the Velvet Revolution in 1989, and was part of the Civic Forum movement founded by Václav Havel. After the Revolution, Zdenek worked in the Presidential Office during Václav Havel's presidency, helping to revitalize the Prague Castle. In 2014, he was awarded the Medal of Merit by the President of Slovenia. About the Embassy: The mission of the Embassy of the Czech Republic’s Public Diplomacy Department is to bring the vibrancy and richness of Czech culture and heritage to Washington, DC and the international community. Through collaborations with artists, professors, innovators, and leaders, the Embassy strives to build lasting and fruitful collaborations between the Czech Republic and the United States. For more information about the Embassy’s programming, please visit: www.mzv.cz/washington/en/culture_events/culture/index.html
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A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United" (http://johnbrownnotesandessays.blogspot.com/2017/03/notes-and-references-for-discussion-e.html). Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."