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15 Minutes of Frame

Karen Quinlan and Kim Sajet, 18th November 2020

Karen Quinlan and Kim Sajet
Video: 33 minutes

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.”

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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.

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