The Albany Institute presents a broad range of public programs related to our collections, exhibitions, and special projects.
Friday, November 27 • 10:00am - 4:30pm Saturday, November 28 • 10:00am - 4:30pm Sunday, November 29 • 12:00pm - 4:30pm
Come to the Albany Institute this Thanksgiving weekend for a variety of holiday themed programs and events. We'll be decked out in winter wonder and ready to welcome you and your out-of-town guests!
Join us in the art studio and express your creative side while making beautiful holiday cards!
Special activity schedule (please check often for updates):
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29
Sunday, November 29 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Tom Nelson, Exhibitions Designer, Albany Institute of History & Art
Start the holidays off with an illustrated exposé of seasonal tidbits. Nelson will discuss Richard Pease’s mid-nineteenth century retail empire in Albany and its impact on the way we experience the holiday season today. Pease was the first to use Santa Claus in an advertisement in 1842, and the first in America to print and distribute Christmas cards (c.1850). Nelson will also trace the origins of some of our more popular holiday icons and traditions, and relate how some matured or were even created in New York's Hudson Valley and Capital Region.
Nelson has been with the Albany Institute for 33 years and has curated several exhibitions and published articles on 19th century and contemporary art for a variety of institutions. He has been researching the Pease family for the past three years and has written a monograph about the family’s various business enterprises.
Friday, December 4 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Peter Lacovara, Director, Ancient Egyptian Heritage and Archaeology Fund
Dr. Lacovara will discuss this transformational 400 year-long era in ancient Egyptian history during which many artistic, cultural, religious, and political traditions were first conceived and others that were instituted during the Old Kingdom were revived and re-imagined.
IMAGE: Relief of a granary, Limestone, Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 11, Albany Institute of History & Art, gift of Heinrich Medicus, 2013.1.22
Sunday, December 6 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Peter Kenny, author, Co-President, Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, and recently retired Curator and Administrator of the American Wing, the Metropolitan Museum of Art
The kast is a large, freestanding textile storage cupboard. Massive in scale, these kasten held on stubbornly in the Hudson River Valley until the early 19th-century. American kasten projected the same values as their counterparts in the Netherlands, and were at the very center of the New York Dutch household.
Free with museum admission
This program relates to our exhibition, The Capital Region in 50 Objects.
Thursday, December 17 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Giacomo Calabria, author, historian, educator.
Join in the fun at the museum shop’s holiday-themed book signing with Albany writer Giacomo Calabria (pen-name Jacopo della Quercia). Mr. Calabria will be reading from his recently published book, License to Quill, and from his previous book, The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy. Mr. Calabria has been described as "a masterful and confident storyteller" by Times Union and promises that his new book, License to Quill, a James Bond-esque spy-thriller starring William Shakespeare, will be the perfect winter's tale to enjoy this holiday season.
Calabria is an educator and history writer whose work has been featured on the comedy website Cracked.com, BBC America, CNN Money, the Huffington Post, and WAMC's "The Roundtable."
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
December Art for All: Holiday Ornaments
December's Art for All project is perfect for the holiday season. We'll collage beautiful designs onto round wooden ornaments. An assortment of found images will be provided, including pictures from our current exhibitions!
December Art for All Dates: Saturday Dec. 5th, Saturday Dec. 12th, & Saturday Dec. 19th
*Please note, there is no Art for All on the date of December 26th.