New to the Collection

Trial of Marybeth Tinning- Tinning on the Stand with Judge Clifford T. Harrigan on the bench, by Jeanne Benas, December 15, 1986, ink, pastel, and colored pencil on tracing paper, gift of Jeanne Benas, 2016.33.6.5

FEBRUARY 11—MAY 21, 2017

The Albany Institute is the premiere museum for the art and history of the Upper Hudson Valley with collections that document the cultural richness and historical significance of the region. Each year brings new acquisitions through generous donations and prudent purchases. But before an objects is added to the collection, the curatorial department assesses the merits of each potential acquisition and asks a number of questions:

  • Does an object fit the Institute’s mission to collect, document, and interpret the art, history, and culture of the Upper Hudson Valley?
  • How does an object enhance existing collections?
  • Is the object in stable condition that can be preserved for future generations?

This exhibition highlights a small selection of acquisitions made in 2016. In total for the year, the Institute made 621 new acquisitions for the curatorial collections and library. Most came from donors throughout the country, while the Institute made six purchases. Each year brings exciting possibilities and new collections to reveal a richer story of Albany and the Upper Hudson Valley.