Make I Contact: Portraiture & (Me)mory, a Talk by National Portrait Gallery Director Kim Sajet

 

Make I Contact: Portraiture & (Me)mory, a Talk by National Portrait Gallery Director Kim Sajet

CBIS Auditorium

February 15, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Rensselaer's Office of the President and the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) are pleased to welcome Ms. Kim Sajet, Director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery, to campus this Wednesday, February 15.  Ms. Sajet wil present a talk entitled, "Make I Contact: Portraiture & (Me)mory" starting at 1:00 pm at CBIS Auditorium. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A, and is free and open to the Rensselaer Community.

Ms. Sajet's presentation will explore how portraiture serves as "a model for talking abot politics, religion, philosophy, psychology, geography, and of course, great design. Always political in nature, an historical portrait cannot illustrate the 'truth' of someone's appearance, let alone their accomplishments. ... [rather], portraiture empowers individuals to attain a broad knowledge of the wider world as well as a healthy dose of skepticism about their surroundings."

Born in Nigeria to Dutch parents, Kim Sajet (pronounced "SAY-et") was raised and educated in Australia, where she earned a master's degree in business administration at Melbourne University Business School.  She also holds an MFA from Bryn Mawr College, and has completed arts leadership training at Harvard and at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.  Prior to joining the Smithsonian in 2013, she was president and CEO of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and senior vice president and deputy director of the Pennsylvani Academy of the Fines Arts, the oldest art museum and school in the country.

In addition to her twnety years of arts management experience, Ms. Sayet has contributed to a number of scholarly publications, curated permanent-collection and touring exhibitions, and spoken at academic symposia.

Ms. Sajet's presentation is co-sponsored by Rensselaer's Office of the President and the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. 

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