Public Programs

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

Art for All

Saturday, April 4 • 10:00am - 4:30pm Saturday, April 11 • 10:00am - 4:30pm Saturday, April 18 • 10:00am - 3:00pm Saturday, April 25 • 10:00am - 4:30pm Saturday, May 2 • 10:00am - 4:30pm Saturday, May 9 • 10:00am - 4:30pm

Bring your family to the museum and spend the day being creative!  Adults and children of all ages are welcome to join us in the Albany Institute art studio on Saturdays for drop in art making.  Activities are based off of our current exhibitions and include techniques involving painting, drawing, multi media work, collage and more!

FREE with museum admission

Art for All Dates & Projects:

Saturdays April 4th, 11th, 18th, & 25th: Pennant Flags- Take a look at the fantastic team logo pennant flags in the Triple Play: Baseball at the Albany Institute exhibition, and then make your own team flag.

 

MUSEUM CLOSED

Sunday, April 5 • 12:00pm - 5:00pm

The Albany Institute of History & Art will be closed on Sunday, April 5, 2015.

SPECIAL EVENT Baseball Trivia Night

Wednesday, April 8 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Hosted by the Times Union Sports Editor Peter Iorizzo

Think you and your friends know something about baseball? Join us for an exciting trivia challenge contest and test your game! 

Teams: Teams may include up to four people.
Please note that space is limited and pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

Registration: $25 non-members; $20 members (per person) Includes tickets that may be traded for ballpark-style refreshments

Prizes: We're awarding tickets to an Albany Devil's hockey game, box seat tickets to a Tri-City Valley Cats game, and more!  

LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING Black Baseball Entrepreneurs, 1902-1931: The Rise and Fall of the Negro National and Eastern Colored Leagues

Sunday, April 12 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Michael E. Lomax, Independent Scholar

Lomax, the author of numerous books and articles on the racial divide in American sports and the struggle for equality on and off the field will discuss his latest book Black Baseball Entrepreneurs published by Syracuse Univeristy Press in 2014.

Free with museum admission

LECTURE Babe Ruth in Albany

Sunday, April 19 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Frank M. Keetz, Author and Historian

Local author and baseball historian Frank Keetze will relate tales about George Herman "Babe" Ruth, who came to Albany with Yankees teammate Lou Gehrig, and met with local politicians including John Boyd Thacher.

Free with museum admission

 

IMAGE: Babe Ruth, Albany Mayor Thacher, Lou Gehrig at Hawkins Stadium, 1929, from the Museum of Innovation and Science, General Electric Archives

LECTURE & BOOK SIGNING Stats Versus Story

Thursday, April 23 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm

John Thorn, Official Baseball Historian for Major League Baseball

Join John Thorn for the re-release of his classic The Hidden Game of Baseball (March 2015). [Books will be available for sale].

From Thorn: "Stats are great for analyzing the game but lousy for writing about it. In today’s baseball writing I miss the wink and the nudge of a Barnum or the tall-tale bluster of a Davy Crockett; lying has left the sports page for the front page and both are worse off. For this I could blame Bill James, Pete Palmer, and maybe myself a little too."

Free admission

Art for All

Bring your family to the museum and spend the day being creative!  Adults and children of all ages are welcome to join us in the Albany Institute art studio on Saturdays for drop in art making.  Activities are based off of our current exhibitions and include techniques involving painting, drawing, multi media work, collage and more!

FREE with museum admission

Art for All Dates & Projects:

Saturdays April 4th, 11th, 18th, & 25th: Pennant Flags- Take a look at the fantastic team logo pennant flags in the Triple Play: Baseball at the Albany Institute exhibition, and then make your own team flag.

 

 

FAMILY PROGRAM Everybody in the Game

Sunday, April 26 • 10:00am - 4:30pm

NOON: Screening of A League of Their Own (1992)
2PM: Presentation by author Sue Macy

10:00AM-4:30PM: Scavenger Hunts in the Galleries (Turn them in for a prize!)

10:00AM-4:30PM: Art in the Studio: Create your own team logo!
Noon: Civil War era baseball reenactment

11:00AM-2:00PM Inflatable games with the Valley Cats!

Explore our exhibitions with a scavenger hunt, stop by the studio to create your own team logo, and hear award-winning author Sue Macy talk about her book "The Story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League" in which she uncovered the true story behind the movie, A League of Their Own. Copies of Sue's books will be available for purchase and signing in the museum shop.

Visit with representatives from the Tri-City Valley Cats and play a fun inflatable game!  We will also be hosting the Bethlehem Braves and the NY Mutuals from Long Island for in-character Civil War era baseball demonstrations.  (No gloves, no equipment, authentic period uniforms, and replica baseballs & bats.)

Free with museum admission

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PERFORMANCE Saratoga Sings of Art and Inspiration

Thursday, April 30 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Please join us for a concert featuring opera and song by Granados, Sondheim, Poulenc, Wolf, Heggie, Weill, and more, all inspired by great artists and works of art! Presented by Opera Saratoga in partnership with the Albany Institute of History & Art.

Free admission

IMAGE: Opera at Washington Avenue Armory, Fall 1934, unidentified photographer, Morris Gerber collection, LIB 1993.010.10040P

SPECIAL EVENT 2015 Elementary School Art Show, City School District of Albany

Friday, May 1 • 5:00pm - 8:00pm

The Albany Institute of History & Art is delighted to partner with the City School District of Albany to present this wonderful showcase of student talent, featuring visual art works by students from each of the twelve Albany elementary schools. Our 2014 exhibition included two-and three-dimensional works produced by 150 students selected by their art teachers for this special exhibition.

We will offer free admission on May 1st from 5-8 PM when the student’s visual art works will be joined with performances from the Strolling String Students, Recorder Ensemble, Minstrels, School Dance Team, and Flute Ensembles. Performances will be held in the galleries and the atrium.

This exhibition grew out of our service with the Superintendent’s Arts Advisory Committee that was formed in order to build creative relationships and share resources with stakeholders, community organizations, and arts professionals. It is supported by Dr. Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Superintendent, the Times Union, the City School District of Albany Booster Club, and the Albany City Council PTA.

Free admission