Public Programs

The Albany Institute presents a broad range of public programs related to our collections, exhibitions, and special projects.

Museum Day

Saturday, September 22 • 10:00am - 5:00pm

Museum Day in an annual nationwide event hosted by Smithsonian Magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors for free to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day downloaded ticket provides free admission for two.

Visit their website to download the ticket.

Art Connects Fall 2018

Adult: Tuesday, September 25 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm Adult: Tuesday, October 23 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm Adult: Tuesday, November 13 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

This program is designed for people affected with early to mid-stage Alzheimer's and other cognitive deficits and their care givers. Visits to the museum to look at paintings, sculptures, and artifacts may rekindle memories and emotions and are special social occasions for men and women who live with this disease.

We will use our collections to renew and build social connections in which all can participate and enjoy. Art Connects does not require a background in art, nor does it rely on memory.

Program Dates:
September 25- Registration for this session is full
October 23
November 13- Registration for this session is full
 
Times:
2:00 PM-3:00 PM

There is no fee for this tour program, but registration is required. To register, call Patrick Stenshorn at (518) 463-4478 ext 405 or by email stenshornp@albanyinstitute.org

 

IMAGE: Holding Back the Dark, Willie Marlowe, 1985, acrylic and mixed media on paper, 22 H x 30 W, Albany Institute of History & Art Purchase via the Contemporary Art Collections Fund, 1992.38.2

LECTURE: Pets in America: The History of Our Four-Footed Family Members

General: Sunday, September 30 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Dr. Katherine Grier, Professor of History, University of Delaware and author of Pets in America: A History

Pet keeping occurs all over the world, in large and small societies, and has been practiced throughout history. European colonists brought animals to the New World as pets and soon made some local wild animals into pets. By the 1820s, pet keeping was regarded as an important part of happy family life and a way for children to learn “habits of kindness” to everyone. Letters, photographs, print media and artifacts all tell the story of the evolving American love affair with pets, including its growing importance to children. Today, over 65 percent of American households (about 85 million families) include pets.

Included with museum admission

*We have limited space for our lectures and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees will receive a wristband at the admission desk the day of the lecture.

Lego Building Challenge Fall 2018

General: Sunday, October 7 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm General: Monday, October 8 • 11:00am - 1:00pm General: Monday, October 8 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Lego® Building Challenge Columbus Day Weekend 2018 Theme: Animals

October 7-8

Building Session Dates and Times:

10/7 Sunday Afternoon Challenge Session 1:00-3:00 PM

10/8 Monday Morning Challenge Session 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

10/8 Monday Afternoon Challenge Session 2:00-4:00 PM

Registration Fee: $5 per person (includes museum admission, registrations are non-refundable)

Online Registration is not available on the date of the event.  Walk in registration may be available; please call during business hours.

Team registration: each team may include one to four people.

Time: 1 ½ hours for construction, ½ hour for judging and awards

Size Limit: 10” x 10” base

Bring friends, family, and colleagues to work together to create beautiful LEGO® structures. This year’s theme is animals. Let your imagination run wild, share your vision, and win awards with teams from across the capital region. Basic building blocks will be supplied; however, contestants may also bring in their own.

Challenge Specifics:

  • Models must be built using only LEGO® bricks and elements. You may bring in your own pieces or we will provide you with basic bricks in a variety of sizes and a 10” x 10” base.
  • Entries must be original designs based on the theme. Commercially sold kits or published designs are not permitted.
  • Project entries must be completely assembled within the one and a half hour time limit. All assembly must be completed on site during the challenge; no pre-built parts will be permitted.
  • Your team may choose to practice building your model prior to the day of the building challenge.
  • Feel free to bring sketches, drawings, and photographs to use as reference.
  • Judging will occur during the assembly time as well as after final assembly. Participants will have the opportunity to describe their structure as part of the judging process.
  • During the competition, children under 12 must be supervised by the adults who brought them; they cannot be left alone.

Please note that space is limited, and pre-registration is required.

For more information contact Sarah Clowe at 518-463-4478- ext 435 or e-mail to clowes@albanyinstitute.org

If using a mobile device to register please switch your viewing options to full desktop view in order to complete the registration.

Participation in the event assumes consent for photographs to be used for museum purposes unless participants otherwise notify The Albany Institute of History & Art.

LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO® Group of Companies which does not sponsor, authorize, or endorse this event.

FILM SCREENING Brought to Light: Unearthing the History of an African-American Cemetery in Kinderhook, NY

General: Thursday, October 11 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Join us for a screening of the new documentary Brought to Light: Unearthing the History of an African-American Cemetery in Kinderhook, NY. This one-hour film tells the story of how a cleanup effort of stone markers in an overgrown field lead to the rediscovery of a forgotten, “slaves’ cemetery” where hundreds of African Americans were buried during the 1800s.

Free admission but seating is first come, first served

LECTURE: The Hudson River School and Our National Parks

General: Sunday, October 14 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Rebecca Bedell, Associate Professor of Art, Wellesley College

We tend to think of our national parks as places of untouched natural beauty. Yet they have been carefully, consciously, artfully shaped to accommodate visitors and orchestrate their experiences.

This lecture will focus on the role that the artists of the Hudson River School played in determining and defining both the locations of our parks and the ways we still experience and respond to their beauties today.

Included with museum admission

*We have limited space for our lectures and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees will receive a wristband at the admission desk the day of the lecture.

LECTURE: From the Hudson to the Nile: New York Archaeologists in Egypt

General: Saturday, October 20 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Dr. Peter Lacovara, Director, The Ancient Egyptian Heritage and Archaeology Fund

For well over a century some of the most important Americans to work in Egypt and the Sudan have come from the Empire State. This lecture will trace the history of some of the most colorful characters from adventurers to scholars and reveal their most spectacular discoveries. These individuals played a role in shaping our understanding of the ancient past and their stories range from scandals to secret tombs.

Presented in partnership with the Ancient Egyptian Heritage and Archaeology Fund

Included with museum admission

*We have limited space for our lectures and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees will receive a wristband at the admission desk the day of the lecture.

ILLUSTRATED TALK Fashion and Feathers

General: Sunday, October 21 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Diane Shewchuk, Curator at the Albany Institute and Jeremy Kirchman, Ph.D., Curator of Orinthology at the New York State Museum

Enjoy a lively show and tell and see feather-trimmed Victorian hats, folding fans, and fashion from the Albany Institute's collection. Jeremy will identify the feathers and explore the history of plume hunters who decimated many species of birds to the point of near extinction.

Included with museum admission

*We have limited space for our lectures and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees will receive a wristband at the admission desk the day of the lecture.

GALLERY TALK A Menagerie of Whimsey: The Art of William B. Schade

General: Sunday, November 4 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

This talk will explore the charming and whimsical animals created by Albany-born artist William B. Schade. Thomas Branchick, Schade’s partner of 36 years, will discuss the works from the soft sculptures fabricated at the Cranbrook Academy of Art where they met to the artist’s final drawings.

  • Included with museum admission

POP UP EXHIBIT The "Great War" it was terrible

General: Sunday, November 11 • 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Join us for this special pop up exhibit honoring Veteran's Day and the 100th anniversary of WWI's end.

100 years ago Americans were at war in what was then called “The War to End All Wars.”  Four million Americans served in the military during the conflict, including 500,000 from New York.  They would play an important part in the outcome of the War.  The conflict affected Americans at home as well, influencing nearly every aspect of civilian life.  World War I would set the stage for the 20th Century.  We are still living with the consequences.

“The ‘Great War’ it was terrible” is a pop up exhibit of World War I weapons, equipment and documents.  It includes artifacts from the US, the Allies and the Central Powers.  It also includes hands on activities.  Visitors can try on helmets, peruse period stereo views, and even sound a gas alarm.

Stuart W. Lehman will portray a WWI soldier serving Stateside with the New York Guard.  Mr. Lehman works with the Office of General Services as an Assistant Curator for the New York State Capitol.  Previously he worked with the New York State Bureau of Historic Sites at Senate House, Herkimer Home, and Schuyler Mansion. On weekends, he participates in historical Revolutionary War, Civil War and WWI re-enactments. He lives in Guilderland.