Below you will find upcoming lectures and events from the Albany Institute of History and Art

Picturing America: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art

General: Sunday, January 20 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Hudson Talbott, author

Local author Hudson Talbott will discuss his most recent work Picturing America: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art. The book brings to children (ages 7 and up) the life of Thomas Cole, who founded America’s first major art movement, the Hudson River School. Original illustrations for the book will also be on view.

Hudson Talbott is a resident of the Hudson Valley and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, NY. He has written and/or illustrated more than 25 books.

  • Included with admission

ARTIST TALK Shape and Shadow: The Sculpture of Larry Kagan

General: Sunday, January 27 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Larry Kagan, artist

Artist Larry Kagan will share his insights about the sculptures on view, his inspirations, creative processes, and artistic achievements.

  • Included with admission


IMAGE: Light Blub, Larry Kagan, 2013, light and steel wire, artist collection. Photograph by Gary Gold.

LECTURE & ART PROGRAM Black Dimensions in Art: Celebrating Over 40 Years

General: Sunday, February 10 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Since 1975, Black Dimensions in Art, Inc. (BDA) has been dedicated to educating the public about artists of the African Diaspora and their unique contributions to the American art scene, and encouraging African-American youth in the practice, application, and appreciation of the arts.

In this program, learn about BDA and its role and history in the Capital Region. Audience members will have the opportunity to create their own artwork with artists and members of the organization.

  • Included with admission

LECTURE Hot Topic: Cast Iron Stoves

General: Sunday, February 24 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Tammis K. Groft, executive director of the Albany Institute of History & Art

Explore the exhibition Heavy Metal: Cast Iron Stoves of the Capital Region through the eyes of Tammis Groft, the museum's former chief curator and author of the publication Cast with Style: Nineteenth Century Cast-Iron Stoves from the Albany Area (1984).

  • Included with admission


IMAGE: Box Stove, O.G. DeGroff, Albany, NY, c. 1838, Albany Institute of History & Art Purchase, 1987.21