Public Programs

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

ROCK/DOCS FILM SERIES A Band Called Death (2012)

Thursday, January 26 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm

The Albany Institute is proud to partner with the Madison Theater in Albany, New York to explore rock and roll through a special film series: ROCK/DOCS.

  • January 5 at 7pm: Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage (2010) with introduction by Patrick Harbron
  • January 12 at 7pm: This is Spinal Tap (1984) with introduction TBD
  • January 19 at 7pm: Gimme Shelter (1970) with introduction by Andrew Lee
  • January 26 at 7pm: A Band Called Death (2012) with introduction TBD

Tickets are available via The Madison Theater. Cost is $10/ $8 for students and seniors.

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LECTURE The Sound of Style

Sunday, January 29 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Mary Davis, PhD, Dean of the School of Graudate Studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Dr. Davis will explore the intersecting fields of fashion, rock, and celebrity, focusing in particular on long-time icons Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen. The talk will examine the ways that both stars have relied on an everyday, anti-fashion look over the decades, to reinforce the messages in their music and connect to their audiences without barriers.

Free with museum admission

FAMILY PROGRAM Rock Out! Family Friendly Rock & Roll Party

Friday, February 3 • 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Join us for a lively last celebration of the Rock & Roll Icons exhibition!

We'll kick off the celebration by breaking open a papier mache guitar pinata, and compare how it looks to the real one on view broken by Pete Townsend.

There will be music and karaoke and visitors will have the chance to get their faces painted in styles like rock and rollers David Bowie and the band KISS.


Free admission

5:15 Guitar Pinata 

5:00-7:30 Face Painting

5:30-7:00 Karaoke

5:00-8:00 Rock & Roll Exhibit Scavenger Hunt

LECTURE The Aural Imagery of Rock and Roll

Sunday, February 5 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Andrew M. Lee, PhD, Assistant Professor of Music Industry at The College of Saint Rose

Dr. Lee will discuss the roots and history of rock music and weave a cultural narrative in and around many of the artists featured in Rock & Roll Icons: Photographs by Patrick Harbron.

Free with museum admission