Public Programs

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

PERFORMANCE Tim Youd: Retyping Ironweed by William Kennedy

Sunday, July 15 • 12:00pm - 4:45pm Tuesday, July 17 • 10:30am - 4:45pm Wednesday, July 18 • 10:30am - 4:45pm Thursday, July 19 • 10:30am - 7:45pm Friday, July 20 • 10:30am - 4:45pm Saturday, July 21 • 12:00pm - 4:45pm

Tim Youd, artist 100 Novels Project

The 100 Novels Project is an ongoing performance art piece in which Tim You retypes novels from beginning to end in locations that play a central role in the novels. 

Employing the same make and model typewriter used by the author, Youd types each novel on a single sheet of paper, which is backed by an additional support sheet. The artist loads the two-ply paper through the typewriter repeatedly, until the entire novel has been retyped. Upon completion, the two pages are separated and mounted side by side as a framed diptych, recalling two pages of an open book with the words obscured.

Youd will be typing both the novel and the screenplay for Ironweed by Albany author William Kennedy.

Performance schedule (subject to change):

  • Sunday, July 15:        12PM-4:45PM
  • Tuesday, July 17:      10:30AM-1PM | 2PM-4:45PM
  • Wednesday, July 18: 10:30AM-1PM | 2PM-4:45PM
  • Thursday, July 19:     10:30AM-1PM | 2PM-7:45PM
  • Friday, July 20:         10:30AM-1PM | 2PM-4:45PM
  • Saturday, July 21:     12PM-4:45PM

Additional events may coincide with Youd's performance. Please check back for updates.


Learn more about Tim Youd's Retypes the Hudson Valley here.


Programming support is provided by the New York State Writer's Institute.

Image: Tim Youd retyping William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury; 326 pages typed on an Underwood Universal typewriter; Faulkner's home "Rowan Oak," Oxford, MS,June 2014. Photo credit: Robert Jordan, University of Mississippi.