Dr. Janne Sirén '88 | October 21, 2019
Dr. Janne Sirén '88 | October 21
Peggy Pierce Elfvin Director
Dr. Janne Sirén—a 1988 graduate of TASIS who now serves as the Peggy Pierce Elfvin Director of the renowned Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York—will open the 2019–2020 TASIS Speaker Series on Monday, October 21. He will visit seven IB and AP visual arts classes throughout Monday and Tuesday, will address the senior class in the Palmer Center at 19:00 on Monday evening, and will lead a question-and-answer session with students and faculty members in Casa Fleming following his address.
Dr. Sirén was appointed Director of the Albright-Knox in April 2013 after serving as Director of Finland’s Helsinki Art Museum—one of the largest cultural institutions in the Nordic region—where he oversaw an active exhibitions, acquisitions, and museum development program. Prior to that, he served as Director of the Tampere Art Museum in southern Finland from 2004–2007. He has also worked in the Department of Art History at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, teaching courses in modern and contemporary art, aesthetics, museology, and critical theory.
Dr. Sirén has demonstrated experience in community growth and development. He served on Helsinki’s Tourism Advancement Group as a representative of the cultural and museum field, helping to strengthen the tourism industry in Helsinki while identifying strategic principles for future development. Because of his work on that task force, he is keenly aware of the issues and challenges surrounding cultural tourism.
A passionate advocate for the active role of the museum and the arts, Dr. Sirén has a special interest in the growth of communities. Since his appointment at Albright-Knox, he has initiated several major exhibitions—including Monet and the Impressionist Revolution, 1860–1910, and Anselm Kiefer: Beyond Landscape—launched the innovative Public Art Initiative and Innovation Lab, and directed the AK360 Campus Expansion & Renovation Project.
Dr. Sirén spent all of his collegiate career in the United States, ultimately earning a Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University in 2001.
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