BreakfastTable with Jennifer Duncan
This BreakfastTable featured Jennifer Duncan, the Director of the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE), who has worked at the non-profit for 24 years. When the organization was first started it emphasized the preservation of art, but has since expanded into collecting and displaying art with the advent of their original print collection launched in 1989. Even with the mission of supporting arts programs, the non-profit is a no-cost program to the government; Jennifer attributes their success in this to the artists. Art is gifted to the organization, which represents 220 American artists throughout 140 countries. Ambassadors curate which works they want from the FAPE collection, and FAPE handles the installation process and cost. FAPE also commissions site-specific one-of-a-kind pieces, often for new American embassies around the world. FAPE has works from acclaimed American artists such as Sol Lewitt, Frank Stella, and Roy Lichtenstein.
Jennifer describes the project as a helpful tool for international relations, as great art is a sign of respect for our country. The nature of embassies is now more closed due to security concerns, so there is a push to make art as visible to the public as possible, whether that is including windows or placing pieces outside.