Lectures

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

Summer Clark Art Institute Lecture

General: Thursday, July 26 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Hardymon Director of the Clark Art Institute Olivier Meslay will discuss their summer 2018 exhibitions.

The Clark Art Institute’s summer season kicks off with the opening of two exhibitions rooted in late nineteenth-century France, Women Artists in Paris, 1850–1900 and The Art of Iron: Objects from the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen, Normandy. On June 30, the Clark opens its first-ever video exhibition, Jennifer Steinkamp, and on July 1 A City Transformed: Photographs of Paris, 1850-1900 celebrates the beauty of old wrought iron collected largely during the late nineteenth century, a period of rapid modernization in France and Europe.

Free admission

BOOK TALK & SIGNING Back from the Brink

General: Thursday, August 9 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Nancy Castaldo, author

Local author Nancy Castaldo will discuss her recent book Back from the Brink which delves into the threats to seven species, and the scientific and political efforts to coax them back from the brink of extinction.

Castaldo resides in the Hudson Valley and has written books about our planet for over 20 years. Her research has taken her all over the world, from the Galapagos to Russia and she loves sharing her adventures with her readers. 

A book signing will follow the talk.

Free admission

Adriaen van der Donck, a Dutch Rebel in the Seventeenth-Century Colony of New Netherland

General: Sunday, September 23 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

The young legal activist Adriaen van der Donck (1618–1655) is an important yet understudied figure in the Dutch colony of New Netherland, whose fight to secure the struggling colony made him a controversial but pivotal figure in early America. From his war-torn seventeenth-century childhood and privileged university education in the Dutch Republic, he became embroiled in the New World politics of Manhattan as he attempted to make his mark on the fledgling fur trading settlement. Taking the complaints of the colonists against their Dutch West India Company administrators to the highest level of government in the Dutch Republic, he was denounced and detained, but not deterred. The changes he set in motion continued long after his early death, while his landmark book, Description of New Netherland, became a lasting testament to his vision for the country. Van der Donck’s determination to stand by his convictions offers a revealing look into the human spirit and the strong will that drives it against adversity and in search of justice.

Julie van den Hout is the author of Adriaen van der Donck, A Dutch Rebel in Seventeenth-Century America, by The State University of New York Press (2018).

Co-sponsored by the New Netherland Institute