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Albany Institute of History & Art

(518) 463-4478
125 Washington Avenue
Albany , NY 122102296

Founded in 1791, the Albany Institute of History & Art is a museum dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting and promoting interest in the history, art and culture of Albany and the upper Hudson Valley region.

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When: Today until Sun, Sep 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: Albany Institute of History and Art
Cost: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Students $8 (must present ID), Children (6-12) $6, Children (under 6) Free, Members Free
Small and Seductive includes several sculptural works by artists Dennis Byng, Benignia Chilla, Larry Kagan, and Paul Mauren. Though small in size, their jewel-like color, pattern, and intricate detail captivate. Compelling contemporary art need not always be of sizable dimensions as this exhibition proves that small can be seductive!
When: Today at 5:30 PM
Where: Albany Institute of History & Art
Cost: Free
AUTHOR: Susanah Shaw Romney, Assistant Professor of History, University of Arkansas, Little Rock Don't miss this fascinating talk about the real women and men, soldiers, sailors, settlers, Native Americans, and enslaved Africans who drew on kin and social relationships to build new lives in the Dutch colony of New Netherland. Sharing vivid stories from her recently published, award-winning book, Professor Romney will introduce us to some of the little known people who built these intimate networks as they struggled to survive, resist, or profit from the new connections linking the New World to the Old.
When: Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM
Where: Albany Institute of History & Art
Cost: Free with museum admission
AUTHOR: Russell Shorto...Join award winning author Russell Shorto for an engaging exploration of the history of Holland's capital city, including the little known artists, crusaders, explorers, eccentrics, and visionaries who helped Amsterdam grow into a world class city with far reaching global impact including, of course, the founding of colony of New Netherland and the spread of cherished ideals of freedom, equality and commerce in the new world.
When: Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Albany Institute of History & Art
Cost: Free, but please RSVP to Andrew at 463-4478 ext 412
Mingle with artists and enjoy refreshments at the opening reception and award ceremony of the 2014 Exhibition of Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region. RSVP to Andrew Alliger at 463-4478, ext. 412.
When: Sat, Sep 27, 2014 until Mon, Jan 19, 2015 at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: Albany Institute of History & Art
Cost: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Students (with ID) $8, Children (6-12) $6, Children (under 6) Free, Members Free
The Albany Institute of History & Art is pleased to present the 78th Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region. Established in 1936, this annual, juried exhibition pays tribute to the many talented artists working within a 100-mile radius of the Capital District and Glens Falls. As one of the longest-running regional art exhibitions in the country, it occupies a significant role in documenting contemporary art activity in the Upper Hudson Valley. This year's juror, Stephen Westfall, is an internationally-known painter, writer, and professor. He was born in Schenectady, New York and is currently an Associate Professor and Graduate Director at The Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, and Painting Co-Chair at The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. Artist selections and prize winners will be announced at the Opening Reception on Friday, September 26, from 5PM-8PM. A complete listing of pieces and prize winners will be available in an exhibition catalogue.
When: Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 5:30 PM
Where: Albany Institute of History & Art
Cost: Free
Please join Albany Institute of History & Art Executive Director Tammis Groft for an informal discussion about the future of the museum. Share your ideas for future exhibitions, lectures, family programs, art-making activities, special events, and museum amenities.
When: Fri, Oct 3, 2014 at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Albany Institute of History & Art
Cost: Free
The museum and the museum shop will be open for extended hours as part of 1st Friday Albany.
When: Sun, Oct 5, 2014 at 2:00 PM
Where: Albany Institute of History & Art
Cost: Free with museum admission
Join Albany historian and writer Giacomo Calabria (pen name, Jacopo della Quercia) for a lively talk about his recently published historical novel that is part sci-fi, part action adventure, and part comedy embedded in a narrative based on meticulous research. The result is an outlandish secret history that aligns perfectly with national as well as the city of Albany historical record. Calabria is an educator and history writer whose work has been featured on the comedy website Cracked.com, BBC America, CNN Money, and the Huffington Post.
When: Sat, Oct 11, 2014 until Sun, Mar 8, 2015 at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: Albany Institute of History & Art
Cost: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Students (with ID) $8, Children (6-12) $6, Children (under 6) Free, Members Free
In the private space of the bedroom, the world takes center stage. There, on the elevated platform of the bed, matters of politics, international trade, social events, religion, and cultural affairs come alive in the elaborate designs and patterns displayed on American quilts, coverlets, and bed furnishings. Bed covers of all types are the perfect canvas for displaying ideas about the world beyond the bedroom door. They make connections to foreign lands and fabricate realms of fantasy and childhood whimsy. This exhibition investigates the designs and patterns that decorate American bedcovers of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. More than thirty bed covers and complementary objects reveal a variety of imagery used by American women and men to decorate their bed covers. Due to the light-sensitive nature of these textiles, these pieces are rarely on view and many have not been on public display for over thirty years. We are pleased to present them in this exhibition.
When: Sun, Oct 12, 2014 at 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Where: Albany Institute of History & Art
Cost: Free with museum admission
Come be inspired by the artwork of the Mohawk-Hudson Regional exhibition and create your own masterpieces. Artists from the show will be on hand for multiple presentations throughout the day. We'll discover the mediums and techniques they use in their work and create some artwork of our own.
When: Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: Albany Institute of History & Art
Cost: Free
This Columbus Day explore the galleries of the Albany Institute of History & Art for free! The whole family will enjoy drop-in art making activities based on the current exhibitions. Sponsored by M&T Bank. There will be Drop-in Art Marking from 10AM-4:30PM and Gallery Talks at 1PM and 3:30PM.
When: Sun, Oct 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM
Where: Albany Institute of History & Art
Cost: Free with museum admission
AUTHOR: Louise Copeland Marks...Set in Albany in the early nineteenth century, To Elevate & Adorn the Mind, is a thoroughly researched historical novel about Betsey Colt Foot and her radical quest to establish the Albany Academy for Girls, one of the country's oldest independent schools for the education of young women. Louise Copeland Marks, is an academy alumna and Associate Professor Emerita of Sociology, Psychology, and Mental Health at SUNY's North Country Community College.
When: Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Where: Albany Institute of History & Art
Cost: Free
Booth, Lincoln, Houdini, and more . . . join SUNY Albany criminal justice professor and award winning mystery writer Frankie Bailey as she reveals how she draws on Albany's vibrant history in crafting her police procedural series set in a near-future version of the city. Bailey is a Macavity Award winning mystery writer who has been nominated for numerous Edgar, Anthony, and Agatha awards. She is also the author of Wicked Albany and numerous non-fiction books that explore the intersections of crime, history, and popular culture.
When: Sun, Nov 2, 2014 at 2:00 PM
Where: Albany Institute of History & Art
Cost: Free with museum admission
Paul Schweizer, Director Emeritus of Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute's Museum of Art, will discuss how Cole took the old master idiom of the history painting and put it into the form of American landscape painting to create his most iconic series, Voyage of Life. He will also be available to sign copies of his new book Thomas Cole's Voyage of Life which we will have available for purchase. This event is part of the "Making it American" lecture series which takes a broad look at what art, artifacts, objects, manuscripts, and other primary source materials can teach us about the development of American history, culture, the arts, and our national identity. It is sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities.
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