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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Dalibor Prancevic

Dalibor Prancevic

Fulbright Scholar (Spring and Summer 2018)

307 Bowne Hall

Program Affiliation(s): Art and Music Histories

Dalibor Prancevic is an assistant professor at the Art History Department of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Split, Croatia, where he teaches Contemporary Art, Art of the 20th Century – Fundamental Problems and the End of Modernity, Visual Communication, and Art through Contemporary Exhibition Practice. His research interests focus mainly on art and visual culture of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. He regularly publishes texts and articles related to the modern and contemporary art and visual culture. He is an author or editor of several monographic exhibition catalogues. He curates independent exhibitions on contemporary art and writes extensively about it.

Dalibor Prancevic has developed a particular interest for the artistic work and life of Ivan Mestrovic, one of the most famous Croatian artists of the twentieth century. Thus, he authored the book Ivan Mestrović i kultura modernizma: ekspresionizam i art deco (2017) and co-authored the book Ivan Meštrović and the Czechs: Examples of the Croatian-Czech Cultural and Political Reciprocity (2018). He is an author and curator of several exhibitions of Ivan Mestrovic’s works.

Dalibor Prancevic is currently leading the research project “Manifestations of Modern Sculpture in Croatia: Sculpture on the Crossroads between Socio-political Pragmatism, Economic Possibilities and Aesthetical Contemplation”, funded by the Croatian Science Foundation. In 2018, he was awarded a Fulbright postdoctoral grant for the project “Ivan Mestrovic and the Anglophone Cultures (Example of Cross-cutting of Various Cultural, Historic and Artistic Experiences)”.

About the Fulbright Project

The aim of the Fulbright project is to explore the relationship which Ivan Mestrovic (1883 – 1962), one of the most prominent Croatian sculptors of the 20th century, created with the American culture. The research is the continuation of the contemplating process which has at its core the sculptor's connection with the Anglophone cultures in the broadest sense. This kind of research requires a direct and straightforward emersion into the American cultural context in which Ivan Mestrovic participated in course of the last almost 20 years of his life and upon which he imprinted his considerable and noteworthy mark (both as an artist and as an university professor). It must be emphasized that his very presence at the universities where he worked contributed to the establishment and further development of sculptural studies (Syracuse University /NY/; University of Notre Dame /IN/). The particularly interesting sign of appreciation of Ivan Mestrovic’ relevance is that he obtained the US citizenship personally from Dwight D. Eisenhower, then President of the US, at the reception held at the White House in 1954. As an internationally acclaimed artist he was invited there as one among 24 famous persons to whom that honour was betokened. This fact demonstrates the undeniable regard which the American culture fostered towards the artist who relentlessly participated in the American artistic scene, primarily by conducting numerous exhibition activities but also by executing public monuments, such as the Monument to the American Indians for the City of Chicago.