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15 minutes of frame

International portrait galleries

Wednesday 18 November 2020
Karen Quinlan AM and Kim Sajet
Karen Quinlan AM and Kim Sajet

Delve into the lives, loves and labour of the world’s most prominent portrait galleries in this new international conversation series. From curatorial decisions to art handling, exhibition design to major events, favourite portraits to the creative copy they command – this is your chance to go behind the scenes for insights into gallery goings-on. (Not to mention an opportunity to hear about the parallels, contrasts and challenges across national collections.)

The first event in this international edition of 15 Minutes of Frame will focus on leadership in the time of Covid-19 and how to guide communities toward conversation. It features Karen Quinlan AM, Director of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, in conversation with Kim Sajet, Director of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. Together these directors will explore the changes they have made internally to make ‘the pivot’ following the arrival of Covid-19, the hybrid models their institutions are using to engage new audiences, how they continue to diversify their collections, and what’s next as their institutions move into the next chapter of our “new normal.”

Australian audiences: November 18, 2020 9:00 – 9:40am (AEDT)
International audiences: November 17, 5:00 – 5:40pm (EST)

Join the Zoom webinar session by following this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83569517044

Or put the following details into your Zoom app/account - Webinar ID: 835 6951 7044

Karen Quinlan AM has been the director of the National Portrait Gallery since December 2018. Karen commenced her curatorial career in 1994 at the National Gallery of Victoria before becoming curator of the Bendigo Art Gallery in 1996. She went on to serve as the director of the Bendigo Art Gallery from 2000 until 2018 and was instrumental in working with international cultural institutions, attracting high profile exhibitions to regional Victoria. This initiative enabled Bendigo and the surrounding region to benefit socially, culturally and economically throughout her tenure. Before moving to the ACT, Karen was a professor of practice and director of the La Trobe Art Institute, La Trobe University; a former trustee of the State Library of Victoria; and board member and former chair of the Public Galleries Association of Victoria. Karen has also previously been a board member of the Victorian Foundation of Living Australian Artists, the National Gallery of Victoria, and the Melbourne Fashion Festival. Karen was recently invited to be patron of the Capital Arts Patrons’ Organisation, based in Canberra.

Kim Sajet (pronounced Say-et) has been director of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington since April 2013. Before her current appointment, Kim was the president and CEO of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the vice president and deputy director of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the director of corporate relations at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Before arriving in the United States with her family in 1997, she served first as curator and then as director of two Australian art museums from 1989 until 1995. Born in Nigeria, raised in Australia and a citizen of the Netherlands, Kim brings a global perspective to the position. She earned a master’s degree in art history from Bryn Mawr College, a master’s degree in business administration from Melbourne University Business School in Australia, a bachelor’s degree in art history from Melbourne University and a graduate diploma in Museum studies from Deakin University in Australia. She has completed arts leadership training at the Harvard Business School, the Getty Institute and National Arts Strategies. In addition to twenty years of arts management experience, Kim has written a number of scholarly publications, curated exhibitions and spoken at academic symposia around the world. Her current interests include the June 2019 study of identity politics, role-playing in online virtual worlds and the significance of celebrity in American history. She is also the host of the Portrait Gallery’s podcast series, “PORTRAITS”, exploring themes of art, history and biography.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.