Homer Dodge Martin began his career painting precisely rendered landscapes. Then—under the influence of French Barbizon artists such as Rousseau and Corot—changed his style to create more atmospheric pictures. As time went on, Martin's paintings became … Learn More
The Albany Institute presents a broad range of public programs related to our collections, exhibitions, and special projects.
Thursday, October 30 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Booth, Lincoln, Houdini, and more...join SUNY Albany criminal justice professor and award winning mystery writer Frankie Bailey as she reveals how she draws on Albany's vibrant history in crafting her police procedural series set in a near-future version of the city. Bailey is a Macavity Award winning mystery writer who has been nominated for numerous Edgar, Anthony, and Agatha awards. She is also the author of Wicked Albany and numerous non-fiction books that explore the intersections of crime, history, and popular culture.
Sunday, November 2 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Paul Schweizer, Director Emeritus, Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute's Museum of Art
Paul Schweizer, art historian, will discuss how Cole took the old master idiom of history painting and put it in the form of American landscape to create his most iconic series, the Voyage of Life.
Schweizer will be available to sign copies of his new book Thomas Cole's Voyage of Life.
Free with museum admission
IMAGE: The Voyage of Life: Youth, Thomas Cole (1801-1848), 1839, oil sketch on wood panel, Albany Institute of History & Art purchase, 1942.56.2
Saturday, November 8 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Daisy and Brownie Scouts are invited to join us as we get "undercover" to explore the beautiful world of quilts! We'll discover dazzling patterns in the museum's exhibition and use them to create quilt patterns using paper piercing and printmaking techniques.
Registration is required and is available at https://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/FamilyManagement/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductId=595694055 or by calling Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York at (518) 348-1413.
Tuesday, November 11 • 10:00am - 5:00pm
Bring the whole family to enjoy the Albany Institute of History & Art for free!
Sponsored by M&T Bank
In addition to our galleries and shop being open, we also have:
10AM-4:30PM Drop-in Art Making: Patriotic Pennants in the Art Studio
Special activities related to the War of 1812, with Robert E. Mulligan, Retired New York State Museum Curator of Military History.
10AM-4:30PM Special Display
In honor of Veteran's Day and the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, Mulligan will display his collection of miniature soldiers of 1812, recreating the Battle of Queenston Heights, and highlighting the roles played by Albany's Solomon Van Rensselaer of Cherry Hill and Troy's Captain John E. Wool, the hero of the battle.
1:30PM and 3PM Lecture: New York State and the War of 1812 with Robert E. Mulligan
Mulligan will discuss America's lack of preparation for the war, the role of the New York Militia, Albanians Philip and Stephen van Rensselaer, strategies, New York's anti-war politics, and who actually "won" the war. (It was our neighbor to the north).
Thursday, November 13 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Spend the evening with award-winning filmmaker Tobe Carey as he takes us back to America's first wilderness in the time of steamboats and railroads, and entertains us with the compelling history of the rise and fall of the Catskill Mountain House, the nineteenth-century hotel that was part of the American grand tour.
Bring your questions and your memories to share after the screening.
IMAGE: Sarah Cole (1805-1857), A View of the Catskill Mountain House, oil on canvas, 1848, Albany Institute of History & Art, 1964.040
Sunday, November 16 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Kara Cooney, Associate Professor, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA
In conjunction with the publication of her new book. The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt, Cooney will draw from the latest field research to fill the gaps in what we know about Hatshepsut- the longest reigning female pharoah- and the obstacles that faced women who sought power and prestige in a society that equated authority with masculinity.
Free with museum admission
Photo by Mikel Healey
Sunday, November 23 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Lesley Herzberg, Curator of Collections, Hancock Shaker Village
Produced between 1935 and 1942, the Index is a visual archive of American decorative arts that reflects the exapaning interest in our nation's material culture. Herberg will illuminate the unique design characteristics of the Index's Shaker Portfolio and how accompanying photographs created a record for their context.
Free with museum admission
This lecture is co-sponsored by Partners for Albany Stories (PASt).
Photo courtesy Index of American Design
Sunday, November 30 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
As part of the museum's Thanksgiving weekend celebration, Home for the Holidays, renowned food historian Peter Rose will share stories and recipes from her newest book, Delicious December. Join her for a delightful exploration of the Dutch roots of many of our favorite holiday traditions as she tempts us with more than a hundred treasured recipes adapted for contemporary entertaining. Treats will be available to sample and purchase.