Janne Sirén, PhD
John Thompson History of Medicine Lecturer
Monday, October 20
11:10 – 11:30 AM
Director, Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Janne Sirén is the 11th Director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. The museum’s 150-year record of collecting, conserving and exhibiting the art of its time has resulted in one of the world’s finest collections of contemporary and modern art. Internationally recognized as one of the leading museums in the United States, the Albright-Knox continues to add cutting-edge works to its collections and annually presents a program comprised of exceptional exhibitions, publications and collaborations.
Dr. Sirén is the first director from Scandinavia to take the helm of a major American art museum. He has extensive experience as both a scholar and international administrator with enthusiasm to grow the museum’s collection strategically and globally. Previously, Dr. Sirén was director of the Helsinki Art Museum, which focuses on modern and contemporary art. He directed the Tampere Art Museum from 2004 to 2007, which is devoted primarily to Finnish art from the 19th century, and is located in the lake district of Southern Finland. Prior to that, he was an assistant art history professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He earned a PhD in 2001 at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.