Dr. Janne Sirén
Dr. Janne Sirén, Peggy Pierce Elfvin Director of Buffalo’s Albright-Knox Art Gallery
His lecture, entitled “Visual Literacy: Learning and Innovation Beyond the Gutenberg Galaxy,” will open the college’s Academic Festival set for April 15. The annual celebration showcases academic excellence through student and faculty presentations, poster sessions, panel discussions, performances, and other activities throughout the day.
A dynamic, passionate advocate for the arts and an accomplished art historian, Sirén was named director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in 2013. At the time of his appointment in Buffalo, he was serving as director of Finland’s Helsinki Art Museum, one of the largest cultural institutions in the Nordic region.
Previously, Sirén was director of the Tampere Art Museum in southern Finland, and taught courses in modern and contemporary art, aesthetics, museology, and critical theory in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Department of Art History.
Since assuming his role as director at the Albright-Knox, Sirén has initiated several major exhibitions and launched an innovative public art program in collaboration with Erie County and the City of Buffalo. Currently, he is focusing on new educational programs and several new initiatives, including the restoration and potential growth and development of the Albright-Knox campus on Elmwood Avenue.
Sirén spent his entire collegiate career in the U.S. and earned a doctorate from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts.