Public Programs

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

History on Tap: Animals in Art

Adult: Friday, September 7 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Did you know Albany born illustrator Dorothy Lathrop won the inaugural Caldecott Medal in 1938? And that the owl has been a symbol of wisdom since ancient times? For this special tour we will be learning all about the animals in our collection and their fascinating stories! Enjoy a drink with the group at a local bar following the tour (21+).

$10 members, $12 non-members

Registration is required. Drink purchase is not included in registration fee.

$12.00

Junior Interpreter Informational Meeting

Saturday, September 15 • 11:00am - 12:00pm

Teens interested in the Junior Interpreter program can join us for an informal gathering to meet with staff, talk to current youth volunteers, and learn more about this opportunity.

Training classes will begin in October.

Thomas Cole's Paper Trail

General: Sunday, September 16 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Doug McCombs, Chief Curator

This lecture will explore artist Thomas Cole through the paper materials he left behind. McCombs will discuss selections of Cole’s drawings, prints, letters, hand-written poems, and published works which are part of the Albany Institute’s collections.

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.

 

IMAGE: Chestnut Tree, Thomas Cole ( 1801-1848), c. 1823, pencil on paper, gift of Florence Cole Vincent, 1958.28.8

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 opent ehri 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
October 23
November 13
 
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

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 Patrick Stenshorn at 518-463-4478- ext 405 or e-mail to stenshornp@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.

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.