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After Utopia: The Landscape of Socialist Cities

Mar 11, 2007 (All day) to Apr 27, 2007 (All day)
Open to the Public

Artist reception: March 13, 2007, 6:00 pm, Bernstein Gallery
Exhibition dates: March 11 – April 27, 2007
Gallery hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A panel discussion titled, "After Utopia: The Landscape of Socialist Cities," will be held at the Woodrow Wilson School at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall, on the Princeton University campus.

Panelists will include Princeton faculty members Christine Boyer, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Architecture and Director of the Program in Urban Studies; Hal Foster, the Townsend Martin Class of 1917 Professor of Art and Archaeology, Chair of the Department of Art and Archaeology and Director of the Gauss Seminars in Criticism; and Stephen Kotkin, Professor of History and Director of the Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies.

Christine Boyer, who joined the faculty in 1991, is an urban historian whose interests include the history of the American city, city planning, preservation planning, and computer science. Boyer was previously a professor and chair of the City and Regional Planning Program at Pratt Institute. She has written extensively about American urbanism.

Hal Foster teaches lecture and seminar courses in modernist and contemporary art and theory. He also works with the programs of Media and Modernity and European Cultural Studies as well as with the School of Architecture. Recent publications include "Art Since 1900" (2005), a textbook on 20th-century art; "Prosthetic Gods" (2004), concerning the relation between modernism and psychoanalysis; and Design and Crime (2002), on problems in contemporary art, architecture, and design. Foster writes regularly for October, Artforum, The London Review of Books, The Nation, and The New Left Review.

Professor Kotkin is currently the director of the Program in Russian Studies. He is a member of the Social Science Research Council, Committee on Russia and Eurasia (2001) and has long been an editorial board member for International Labor and Working Class History (ILWCH, 1994-2000). Kotkin is currently writing a book entitled "Lost in Siberia: Dreamworlds of Eurasia." His research interests range across Eurasia, from Japan to Britain, in the modern period, and include topics such as empire, nation building, political corruption, modernity and modernism.

This event is being held in conjunction with the art exhibit in the Bernstein Gallery entitled "After Utopia." A reception with the artist, Elidor Mehilli (Princeton University Department of History Ph.D candidate) will immediately follow the discussion. It is cosponsored with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Davis Center. It is free and open to the public.

Moderator: Gyan Prakash, Professor of History, Director, Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies.Panel Discussants: M. Christine Boyer, William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Architecture, Director, Program in Urban Studies; Stephen Kotkin, Professor of History, Director, Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies.