Resolution J270-2013

Honoring Dr. Janne Siren upon the occasion of his appointment as the Executive Director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York

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  • Jan 29, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 29, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jan 25, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Dr. Janne Siren upon the occasion of his
appointment  as  the Executive Director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
in Buffalo, New York

WHEREAS, Individuals who give of their time and energies and  serve  the
best interests of their communities are an asset beyond remuneration and
cannot be sufficiently extolled; and
  WHEREAS,  It is the sense of this Legislative Body that the quality of
life of the citizens of the State of New York is greatly enriched by its
exceptional cultural, educational and recreational institutions; and
  WHEREAS, It is also the sense of this  Legislative  Body  that  insti-
tutions and individuals that give positive definition to the profile and
disposition  of  the  communities  of  the  State of New York profoundly
strengthen our society with their commitment; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Dr.
Janne Siren upon the occasion of his appointment as the Executive Direc-
tor of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York; and
  WHEREAS, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery was founded in Buffalo in 1862;
it possesses a 150-year record of collecting, conserving, and exhibiting
the art of its time and has one of the  world's  finest  collections  of
contemporary and modern art; and
  WHEREAS,  Internationally  recognized as one of the leading museums in
the United States,  the  Albright-Knox  Art  Gallery  continues  to  add
cutting-edge  works  to  its collections and annually presents a program
comprised of exceptional exhibitions, publications, and  collaborations;
in  the  Buffalo  Niagara  region,  the  museum is a cultural beacon and
magnet for cultural tourism; and
  WHEREAS, The parent organization of the Albright-Knox Art  Gallery  is
the  Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, founded in 1862; it is one of the oldest
public arts institutions in the United States; and
  WHEREAS, In January 2013, the Board of Directors of the  Albright-Knox
Art  Gallery  in Buffalo, New York, announced its unanimous selection of
Dr. Janne Siren as the eleventh Executive Director of the Gallery; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. Janne Siren is currently director of  Finland's  Helsinki
Art  Museum,  one  of  the  largest  cultural institutions in the Nordic
region; he is the first director from the Nordic region to take the helm
of a major American art museum; and
  WHEREAS, An impressive scholar and visionary administrator who is able
to embrace and connect local, national, and global stages in a  relevant
and  viable  way,  Dr. Janne Siren brings extensive experience and know-
ledge to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in all areas of  programming  and
also a passion for the Gallery's growth and development; and
  WHEREAS,  In addition, Dr. Janne Siren is an extraordinary leader, who
shares the vision for the active role of the Albright-Knox  Art  Gallery
in  the growth and vitality of the community; he has a wealth of experi-
ence in promoting economic development and growth through cultural tour-
ism, which is a high priority for the Gallery and  the  Buffalo  Niagara
region; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. Janne Siren earned his undergraduate degree in art histo-
ry  from  the  College  of  the  Holy  Cross  in Massachusetts; he holds
master's and doctoral degrees from the Institute of  Fine  Arts  at  New
York University; and
  WHEREAS,  Believing  passionately  that the arts and the twenty-first-
century museum can be active participants in a vibrant community and its
robust growth, Dr. Janne Siren will assume  his  position  as  Executive

Director  of  the  Albright-Knox  Art  Gallery  in  late spring or early
summer; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is the sense of this Legislative Body that when an indi-
vidual of such noble aims and accomplishments is brought to  our  atten-
tion,  he  should be recognized by all the citizens of this great Empire
State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor Dr. Janne Siren upon the occasion of his appointment as the Execu-
tive Director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York; and
be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Dr. Janne Siren.

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