Public Programs

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

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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Free Admission Day: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (2019)

Monday, January 21 • 10:00am - 5:00pm

Enjoy free admission to the galleries courtesy of M&T Bank!

10AM-4:30PM: Join us in the art studio to create twisting turning 3-D line art out of paper.

 

 

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.

Museum After Dark (MAD) Tour: Things That Bling

General: Friday, February 1 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm

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

In this tour we will highlight the Things that Bling in the museum; sparkling silver, glittering gold, shimmering stones, and much more! 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: Garnet necklace, retailed by James Mix, Jr., Albany, New York, c. 1870-1880, garnets, gold, gift of Susan Yager Cook, 2008.24.1.5

ADULT ART NIGHT: #ColorOurCollections

Enjoy a relaxing night as you add your own color to images from the Albany Institute’s collections!  Each participant will receive 6 images from the museum’s collection printed on cardstock and will have the opportunity to use diverse coloring media such as water soluble pencils and crayons, colored pencils, and colored pens to fill the images in.

 When you’ve completed your images feel free to upload a picture to social media using the hashtag #ColorOurCollections#ColorOurCollections is a week-long coloring fest on social media organized by libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions around the world and is celebrated this year from February 4-8. 

  • $8 non-members; $5 members

 

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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

Free Admission Day: Presidents' Day (2019)

Monday, February 18 • 10:00am - 5:00pm

Enjoy free admission to the galleries courtesy of M&T Bank!

10AM-4:30PM: Visit the art studio to pay homage to George Washington as we create images of Washington inspired by a special cast iron stove on view in the exhibition Heavy Metal: Cast Iron Stoves of the Capital Region. 

 

 

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 

Art Connects Spring 2019

Adult: Tuesday, March 26 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm Adult: Tuesday, April 16 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm Adult: Tuesday, May 21 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

This program is designed for people affected with early to mid-stage Alzheimer's and other cognitive deficits and their care givers. Visits to the museum to look at paintings, sculptures, and artifacts may rekindle memories and emotions and are special social occasions for men and women who live with this disease.

We will use our collections to renew and build social connections in which all can participate and enjoy. Art Connects does not require a background in art, nor does it rely on memory.

Program Dates:
March 26
April 16
May 21
 
Times:
2:00 PM-3:00 PM

There is no fee for this tour program, but registration is required. To register, call Patrick Stenshorn at (518) 463-4478 ext 405 or by email stenshornp@albanyinstitute.org

Program support is provided by Upstate Services Group

IMAGE: Two Musicians, Louis Di Valentin, c. 1959, oil on canvas, 18" H x 24 1/4" W, Gift of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Childe Hassam Fund, 1959.37