Lectures

Below you will find upcoming lectures and events from the Albany Institute of History and Art

LECTURE Under the Dress

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

Diane Shewchuk, Curator

Interested in seeing examples of Victorian under garments from the museum's collection or learning what it took to dress the mannequins in the exhibition Well-Dressed in Victorian Albany: 19th Century Fashion from the Albany Institute Collection? Join curator Diane Shewchuk for a lively show and tell.

Included with museum admission

Robert and Anna Pruyn’s Camp Santanoni

General: Sunday, March 11 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Steven Engelhart, director of Adirondack Architectural Heritage, will talk about Camp Santanoni, the Pruyn family of Albany, and the influence of Japanese architecture on the camp.

The talk will be a prelude to a summer bus trip to the Camp in Newcomb, NY in the Adirondacks.

  • Included with Museum Admission

Telling a Story with a Picture: An Afternoon with Dahl Taylor

General: Sunday, March 18 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

One of the primary aims of illustration is to help and enhance the written word. In a “How it’s done” talk, the artist will describe the process of building an image to tell as much of a story’s narrative, mood and detail as possible. Join Albany artist Dahl Taylor, illustrator of Addy, An American Girl who will discuss the ways that a project comes to an illustrator and the various stages of the direction and approval process will also be covered.

  • Included with Museum Admission

LECTURE Pleasing the Powerful Goddess: Amenhotep III’s Statues of Sekhmet

General: Sunday, April 8 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Dr. Lawrence Berman, Norma Jean Calderwood Senior Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts

In the fifteenth century BC, pharaoh Amenhotep III commissioned over seven hundred over-lifesized statues of the lioness-headed goddess Sekhmet, “the Powerful One,” in hard granodiorite, as part of one of the largest sculptural programs ever undertaken.

Today, these statues are scattered in museums all over the world, Albany included; numbers of them still turn up in excavations in Egypt. Learn about these statues, their meaning, and the ongoing story of their discovery.

Included with museum admission

Racing for Freedom: the Real Stories of the Underground Railroad

General: Sunday, April 15 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Kate Clifford Larson will discuss the Underground Railroad, using Harriet Tubman as a base point, and explore a more broad focus upon Central New York.  Larson will discuss the myths and how we know what we know now to be true, why we need to know the truth, and why we should be celebrating these stories (given the current climate and controversy over Confederate statues) to honor these American heroes and make them legends!

  • Included with Museum Admission

American Landscape Painting and “the Newly Invented Stigma.” Rethinking the Hudson River School

General: Sunday, April 29 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

The “Hudson River School” has come to suggest a much-loved and respected group of American artists; but the history of the term offers some surprises. Art Historian Timothy Barringer explores the strange history of the term “Hudson River School,” which was used to criticize art that was considered old-fashioned and provincial. So why do we still use it? This lecture considers the possibility of describing American landscape painting in other ways that might do justice to the panoramic richness and ambition, as represented in the collections of the Albany Institute.

  • Included with Museum Admission