Public Programs

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

LECTURE Early Political Jewelry

General: Thursday, March 21 • 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Thomas Keefe, Collector of Political Memorabilia

In this presentation, Keefe will explore the history of early political jewelry in America. He will discuss political pins from the 1840 presidential election on view in the exhibition Bejeweled and Bedazzled: Jewelry and Personal Adornment, as well as examples from other periods from his own extensive collection.

  • Free admission

 

IMAGE: Harrison & Reform Log Cabin Pin, unidentified maker, c. 1840, sulfide, white enamel, glass, brass, courtesy of Tom Keefe

Junior Interpreter Tours

General: Saturday, January 5 • 10:00am - 12:00pm General: Saturday, January 12 • 10:00am - 12:00pm General: Saturday, January 19 • 10:00am - 12:00pm General: Saturday, January 26 • 10:00am - 12:00pm General: Saturday, February 2 • 10:00am - 12:00pm General: Saturday, February 9 • 10:00am - 12:00pm General: Saturday, February 16 • 10:00am - 12:00pm General: Saturday, February 23 • 10:00am - 12:00pm General: Saturday, March 2 • 10:00am - 12:00pm General: Saturday, March 9 • 10:00am - 12:00pm General: Saturday, March 16 • 10:00am - 12:00pm General: Saturday, March 23 • 10:00am - 12:00pm General: Saturday, March 30 • 10:00am - 12:00pm General: Saturday, April 6 • 10:00am - 12:00pm General: Saturday, April 13 • 10:00am - 12:00pm General: Saturday, April 20 • 10:00am - 12:00pm General: Saturday, April 27 • 10:00am - 12:00pm General: Saturday, May 4 • 10:00am - 12:00pm General: Saturday, May 11 • 10:00am - 12:00pm General: Saturday, May 18 • 10:00am - 12:00pm General: Saturday, May 25 • 10:00am - 12:00pm

Enjoy a family-friendly tour of the exhibitions led by the museum’s Junior Interpreters.

Tours begin in the exhibition gallery, which are located on the third floor of the museum galleries, and are held from 10AM-12PM each Saturday.

 

Included with museum admission

 

 

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ART WORKSHOP Dutch Clog Painting

Elizabeth Zunon, Artist
Have you noticed the giant shoe in the museum's atrium? Join us for a workshop with the creator of the clog, Elizabeth Zunon, and learn about her painting and its representation of part of Albany's history. Then, copy or stencil designs similar to Zunon's work or paint personalized patterns on your own miniature clog.
 
This workshop is intended for ages 6+.
 
  • $15 members, $20 non-members
 
Registration is required. Register online at www.albanyinstitute.org.

 

Registration Notes:

  • Ignore the Emergency Contact fields of registration and proceed by pressing continue.
  • If using a mobile device to register please change viewing settings to full desktop view to allow purchase to be completed.
 
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$20.00

LECTURE & BOOK SIGNING A Road Through Time: Manhattan to the Adirondacks on New York State's First Road

General: Thursday, March 28 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Richard Figiel, Author

Join regional author Richard Figiel on a lively trip through time starting in 1755 near Bowling Green at the tip of Manhattan where an ancient Native American foot path marked the beginning of trail stretching 200 miles north to the Lake George wilderness.

History comes alive as Figiel shares stories of fieldstone farms, abandoned ruins, colonial churches, historic mansions, and forgotten cemeteries that lie along the ancient footpath that morphed over time into a rugged bridle trail, a Dutch cart lane, a critical British “high-way” way, only to be abandoned with the rise of train travel and the industrial revolution.

For years Figiel has walked, biked, and driven from NYC to the Adirondacks searching for physical clues and sifting through historic archives to reveal the story of this important but forgotten road.

  • Free admission

LECTURE How America Found its Face: Portrait Miniatures in the New Republic

General: Sunday, March 31 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Elle Shushan, Dealer in Fine Portrait Miniatures in Philadelphia and London, Author, Lecturer, and Museum Consultant

This talk will explore how American portrait miniatures in the early 1800s developed an open, lighter appearance that reflected the new republic’s optimism. Washes of watercolor bathed rectangular ivory supports with luminosity. Backgrounds of blue sky and clouds gave way to feigned landscapes tinged with shades of turquoise and mauve. The uniquely American characteristics of this new majestic style influenced, among other artists, Gilbert Stuart and George Savage.

  • Included with admission | Space is limited and attendees will receive a wristband from the admission desk the day of the lecture.

 

IMAGE: Self Portrait Miniature of Ezra Ames, Ezra Ames, c. 1800, watercolor on ivory, gold, Albany Institute of History & Art, gift of Miss Elizabeth S. Edwards, 1953.38.2

Museum After Dark (MAD) Tour: Facts and Folly

General: Friday, April 5 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm

MAD tours are exclusive themed programs that are both engaging and entertaining.

Join us for a caper through the Albany Institute of History & Art, filled with tales and tricks, to celebrate April Fools' Day. The tour will include activities, little known stories about our collections, and mind-blowing facts!

  • $10 members, $12 non-members. Space is limited and registration is required.

 

IMAGE: Mary Willard Vine Buyck Wearing Pearls, Earrings, and Brooch, Edward Pierre Buyck, 1930, oil on canvas, Albany Institute of History & Art, gift of Mary Willard Vine Buyck Freund, 1972.55.8

$12.00

LECTURE All in a Day's Work

General: Sunday, April 7 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Anne Diggory, Artist

Diggory will discuss artistic choices in her own work as well as in those of nineteenth century painters David Johnson and John Frederick Kensett, whose motifs are included in several pieces in her exhibition All in a Day's Work.

  • Included with admission | Space is limited and attendees will receive a wristband from the admission desk the day of the lecture.

 

IMAGE: Out of Place in Huletts Landing, Anne Diggory, 2018, hybrid on canvas, 21" x 31", artist collection.

Sketch Club

Carol Coogan, Artist

Enjoy the tradition of sketching from original works of art in the museum’s collection and special exhibitions. During the program, Coogan will offer participants personal guidance as well as insights on drawing techniques and observational skills.

Participants are encouraged to bring a sketchbook or a a small sketchbook may be purchased from the teaching artist at low cost. Basic drawing materials are provided and all skill levels are welcome. Artists bringing their own supplies should note that only pencils are allowed in the museum galleries.

Registration is required are spaces are limited.

  • $15 members, $20 non-members

 

About the teaching artist: Carol Coogan is an artist, illustrator, designer, and sketchbook enthusiast. She created the Times Union’s “Backyard Naturalist" newspaper feature which she wrote and illustrated for 10 years. She is the weekly op-ed artist for The Altamont Enterprise and a freelance illustrator for Crane & Co stationery.

 
Registration Notes:
  • Ignore the Emergency Contact fields of registration and proceed by pressing continue.
  • If using a mobile device to register please change viewing settings to full desktop view to allow purchase to be completed.
  • Registration cost includes museum admission.

Online registration for Sketch Club will end at 5:00 on the Friday prior to the program for administrative purposes. Walk in registration will be available on a first come first serve basis on the day of the program.

 
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$20.00

LECTURE & BOOK SIGNING Life Along the Hudson: The Historic Country Estates of the Livingston Family

General: Sunday, April 14 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Pieter Estersohn, Author and Photographer

Estersohn will discuss his recent book Life Along the Hudson which presents thirty-five sublime country homes overlooking the majestic Hudson River, offering some of the finest examples of stately American architecture built between 1730 and 1946.

Estersohn is a leading photographer of architecture and interiors. His work regularly appears in major shelter magazines, including Architectural Digest, and he has contributed to many interior design and lifestyle books.

  • Included with admission

LECTURE Albany's Brush with Beauty: The Brunner-Lay Plan of 1914

General: Thursday, April 25 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm

John Pipkin, Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Geography and Planning at the University at Albany

Studies for Albany, the Plan for Albany by Arnold Brunner and Charles Downing Lay as part of the City Beautiful movement, was unveiled with much fanfare in June 1914. The attractive and occasionally perceptive document prompted wide public enthusiasm for planning in Albany. Municipal planning, which rapidly followed, repudiated many of Brunner's ideals. This talk will explore the aspirations, failings, and surviving vestiges of Brunner's work in Albany.

  • Free admission

A field trip in Albany linked to the Plan will be offered in Spring 2019, supported by Washington Park Conservancy.

 

IMAGE: Coat of Arms of the City of Albany, attributed to Ezra Ames (1768-1836), c. 1825, oil on canvas, permanent deposit by the City of Albany, 1971.12.50