Public Programs

The museum galleries have re-opened, however, in-person events remain on hold. Online events such as performances, lectures, art programs, and more are occuring and details can be found at our virtual Museum at Home!

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

Book & Art Club

Adult: Wednesday, February 24 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm

 

February Book 

The Narrative of Sojourner Truth recorded by Olive Gilbert

Join Albany Public Library and Albany Institute of History and Art for an exciting book and art discussion that focuses on works held locally by the Albany Institute and complementary books. Led by a museum educator and a librarian, this program will explore the intersection of books and art with examples, insight, and enjoyable conversation.

Register here.

A free digital copy of The Narrative of Sojourner Truth can be accessed here. If you have any questions please reach out to Victoria Waldron, Education Assistant at one of the following: 518-463-4478 ext 404 or waldronv@albanyinstitute.org OR Amy Brozio-Andrews, Readers Services Librarian, 518-427-4300 or andrews@albanypubliclibrary.org.

 

Image:Little Ida.  Charles Calverley. 1899.

VIRTUAL PROGRAM Artistic Insights with L.F. Tantillo

General: Sunday, February 28 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Featured artist L. F. Tantillo will host monthly talks that highlight paintings currently on display in the exhibition A Sense of Time: The Historical Art of L. F. Tantillo. He will share insights into his inspirations, artistic process, historical research, and more. 

February: Overview of Exhibit (Register Here)

Please check back for more dates!

This program is offered free with a suggested donation of $10. *Please note if you wish to make a donation, the system will not automatically prompt you to do so. You must choose your registration and scroll down to "Make a Donation" to input the donation amount before checkout.* You will receive an email confirmation when your registration is complete.

The presentation will be offered live via Zoom with a Q&A session. All participants will receive the Zoom link one hour before the lecture to the email used during registration.

March Art du Jour: Albany from Van Rensselaer's Island

Adult: Wednesday, March 10 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Take a break! This virtual program features a relaxed, exploratory discussion of Albany from Van Rensselaer's Island by Ann Bell.  Participants will be guided through a contemplative analysis of the painting by a member of the education staff. The guided discussion will be approximately 30-45 minutes, perfect for a break from your busy day at work or at home. No background in art is required to enjoy this program.  Reservations required. Suggested donation of $10.

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The conversation will be offered live via Zoom with a Q&A session. All participants will receive the Zoom link at least one hour before the lecture to the email used during registration.

VIRTUAL PRESENTATION Unframed: Conserving the Portraits of Nehemiah Partridge

General: Thursday, March 11 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Guest speakers Maggie Barkovic, Associate Conservator of Paintings and Rachel Childers, Postgraduate Fellow in the Conservation of Paintings, Williamstown Art Conservation Center

Maggie Barkovic and Rachel Childers from the Williamstown Art Conservation Center will discuss the conservation of works by Nehemiah Partridge with preliminary insights into his materials and techniques based on technical analysis. This presentation will include the treatment of Ariantje Coeymans Verplanck’s full length portrait in addition to the other portraits attributed to Nehemiah Partridge. 

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This program is offered free with a suggested donation of $10. *Please note if you wish to make a donation, the system will not automatically prompt you to do so. You must choose your registration and scroll down to "Make a Donation" to input the donation amount before checkout.* You will receive an email confirmation when your registration is complete.

The presentation will be offered live via Zoom with a Q&A session. All participants will receive the Zoom link one hour before the lecture to the email used during registration.

VIRTUAL PRESENTATION Shattering Gender Barriers: Women Painters in the American Landscape Tradition

General: Thursday, March 18 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Guest speaker Katherine Manthorne, Professor of Art History, Graduate Center, CUNY

This illustrated lecture highlights the adventurous 19th century women who shattered gender barriers to paint outdoors along the Hudson, in the Catskills and beyond. Some like Sarah Cole or Julia Hart Beers had brothers who were artists, but others like Louisa Davis Minot, Eliza Pratt Greatorex, or Fidelia Bridges charted their own courses as they pursued their passion for nature. Putting these women in dialogue with the male Hudson River painters represented in the Albany Institute of History and Art, we identify their distinctive contribution to the American landscape tradition. 

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This program is offered free with a suggested donation of $10. *Please note if you wish to make a donation, the system will not automatically prompt you to do so. You must choose your registration and scroll down to "Make a Donation" to input the donation amount before checkout.* You will receive an email confirmation when your registration is complete.

The presentation will be offered live via Zoom with a Q&A session. All participants will receive the Zoom link one hour before the lecture to the email used during registration.

VIRTUAL PRESENTATION Politics in Print: Presidential Campaigns from Early America

General: Tuesday, March 23 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Guest speaker Tom Keefe, Historian and Collector of American Political Campaign Material 

Tom Keefe will discuss presidential elections in the early United States using documents from the DeWitt Clinton Broadside Collection at the Albany Institute.   

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This program is offered free with a suggested donation of $10. *Please note if you wish to make a donation, the system will not automatically prompt you to do so. You must choose your registration and scroll down to "Make a Donation" to input the donation amount before checkout.* You will receive an email confirmation when your registration is complete.

The presentation will be offered live via Zoom with a Q&A session. All participants will receive the Zoom link one hour before the lecture to the email used during registration.

VIRTUAL S.T.E.A.M. WORKSHOP Decorative Model Boats

Tuesday, April 6,
10–11:30AM | $20 members, $25 non-members
Ages 6-12

Test out your engineering and art skills with us as we examine images of boats in paintings from the exhibition A Sense of Time: The Historical Art of L. F. Tantillo and use them to spark our own imaginative creations. Each participant will receive wooden paddle boat kit starter materials and we’ll brainstorm how to decorate or develop the kit further. Designs could recreate the historical boats depicted in L.F. Tantillo’s paintings or may be new creations dreamed up by the builder. Participants may pick up the materials kit at the museum a week before the event. This program will be held online via Zoom. Register online.

 
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VIRTUAL S.T.E.A.M. WORKSHOP: Recycled Sailboat Models

VIRTUAL S.T.E.A.M. WORKSHOP 
Recycled Sailboat Models 

Thursday, April 8, 10-11:30 AM | Suggested Donation, $10 
Ages 6-12 

Join us as we combine technology and engineering with art as we take inspiration from the sailboats present in the work of artist L.F. Tantillo currently on view in the museum.  We’ll showcase how to make a sailboat model out of recycled materials with an option of adding more movement through the air power of a balloon.  Participants may provide their own materials or pick up a recycled materials kit at the museum a week before the event. Space is limited and registration is required. Register online. 

Materials: Empty & rinsed paper half-gallon milk carton, straws, paper, tape and or glue, crayons, optional: rubber bands, and balloons

 

 

 
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Slow Art Days: The Baker’s Wife

Adult: Saturday, April 10 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Take a break! This virtual program features a relaxed, exploratory discussion of The Baker's Wife by L.F. Tantillo.  Participants will be guided through a contemplative analysis of the painting by a member of the education staff. The guided discussion will be approximately 30-45 minutes, perfect for a break from your busy day at work or at home. No background in art is required to enjoy this program.  Reservations required. Suggested donation of $10.

Register here

The conversation will be offered live via Zoom with a Q&A session. All participants will receive the Zoom link at least one hour before the lecture to the email used during registration.

Slow Art Days: The Fist

Adult: Saturday, April 10 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Take a break! This virtual program features a relaxed, explorative discussion of The Fist by Alice Morgan Wright.  The slow-looking video of The Fist will be included as part of this program. Participants will be guided through a contemplative analysis of the painting by a member of the education staff. We will also explore recent conservation treatments to this painting. The guided discussion will be approximately 30-45 minutes, perfect for a break from your busy day at work or at home. No background in art is required to enjoy this program. Reservations required. Suggested donation $10.

Register here

The conversation will be offered live via Zoom with a Q&A session. All participants will receive the Zoom link at least one hour before the lecture to the email used during registration.