Public Programs

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

ARTIST PERFORMANCE Her Flag: 100 Years. 36 States. 1 Artist’s Journey.

Adult: Wednesday, July 17 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm


Her Flag: 100 Years. 36 States. 1 Artist’s Journey.

Artist, Marilyn Artus with partnering artist, Indira Cesarine, and dancer Katherine Crockett

Presented in collaboration with the League of Women Voters of Albany County

Wednesday, July 17, 2 PM

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It took almost a year for 36 states to ratify it into law.  In June of 2019, Marilyn Artus began traveling the path of ratification and started to collaborate with female artists from all of the historically relevant 36 states. At each stop she is creating a stripe that is being stitched together onsite in the capital city.  When Her Flag is completed in August of 2020, it will be a 36 stripe flag, one for each of the ratifying states that turned the 19th amendment into law. The culmination will be a new flag sewn as a thank you and a love letter to the states that gave women the right to vote.  Join us for the addition of the New York State stripe and to celebrate the anniversary of women’s right to vote.

Indira Cesarine is the artist who has created the art for the New York stripe which Marilyn will sew onto HerFlag, and will be onsite to present her artwork for HerFlag.

“I am truly honored to represent New York state for the nationwide HERFLAG 2020 project. For the New York stripe, I painted 8 portraits of women from the state that most influenced the 19th Amendment being ratified, including Susan B Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Sojourner Truth. It is inspiring to be a part of such a historical project that recognizes the work of women who paved the way for equal rights. I have always been influenced by women’s history and it was great to participate in a project that aligned so closely with my own artistic vision.” –Indira Cesarine

Dancer Katherine Crockett will be performing alongside Marilyn during the stripe sewing ceremony.

For more information on the full project please visit

  • Program attendance is free, if attendees would like to visit the galleries museum admission will be in effect


13+: Friday, July 19 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Exciting Eyes
Friday, July 19, 2–4:00PM
Ages 13+

$20 members, $25 non-members

Eyes have been of interest in art for thousands of years. In this workshop participants will admire dramatic eyes on view in museum exhibitions like the eye of Horus in the Ancient Egypt galleries and the painted eye of Theodosia Burr on view in the Schuyler Sisters and Their Circle show. Our teaching artist will guide the group in the creation of a variety of eye drawings. Each artist will then choose one drawing that will become part of a pendant similar to the miniature painting of Theodosia Burr’s eye attributed to John Vanderlyn on display.
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GALLERY TALK: The Schuyler Sisters and their Circle

General: Wednesday, August 14 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, August 15 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Friday, August 16 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Saturday, August 17 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Sunday, August 18 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Wednesday, August 21 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, August 22 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Friday, August 23 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Saturday, August 24 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Sunday, August 25 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, August 29 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, September 5 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, September 12 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, September 19 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, September 26 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, October 3 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, October 10 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, October 17 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, October 24 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, October 31 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, November 7 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, November 14 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, November 21 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, December 5 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, December 12 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, December 19 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm General: Thursday, December 26 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Led by Museum Educators or Volunteer Docents

Join us for a tour of this exhibition about the Schuyler Sisters featured in the hit Broadway show, Hamilton: An American Musical.

  • Included with museum admission

PUBLIC PROGRAM: Junior Interpreter Information Meeting

Teens: Saturday, September 14 • 10:00am - 11:00am

Come learn about this exciting volunteer opportunity for teens!

Teens interested in the Junior Interpreter program can join us for an informal gathering to meet with staff, talk to current youth volunteers, and learn more about this opportunity. Training classes will begin in October.

Sketch Club

Adult: Sunday, July 14 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Adult: Sunday, August 4 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Adult: Sunday, September 8 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Adult: Sunday, October 6 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Adult: Sunday, November 10 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Adult: Sunday, December 15 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Carol Coogan, Artist

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

Participants will be provided with a small student grade sketchbook or are welcome to bring a sketchbook of their own. 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.


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  • 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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LECTURE: The Power of Objects in 18th Century British America

General: Sunday, October 6 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Guest speaker is Dr. Jennifer Van Horn, Assistant Professor of Art History and History, University of Delaware

Over the course of the eighteenth century, Anglo-Americans purchased an unprecedented number and array of goods. In this talk Dr. Van Horn willinvestigate these diverse artifacts—from portraits and city views to gravestones, dressing furniture, and prosthetic devices—to explore how elite American consumers assembled objects to form a new civil society on the margins of the British Empire.

  • Included with museum admission

Lego Building Challenge 2019

All Ages: Sunday, October 13 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm All Ages: Monday, October 14 • 11:00am - 1:00pm All Ages: Monday, October 14 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Lego® Building Challenge Columbus Day Weekend 2019 Theme: Sailboats

October 13-14

Building Session Dates and Times:

10/13 Sunday Afternoon Challenge Session 1:00-3:00 PM

10/14 Monday Morning Challenge Session 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

10/14 Monday Afternoon Challenge Session 2:00-4:00 PM

Registration Fee: $5 per person (includes museum admission, registrations are non-refundable)

Online Registration is not available on the date of the event.  Walk in registration may be available; please call during business hours.

Team registration: each team may include one to four people.

Time: 1 ½ hours for construction, ½ hour for judging and awards

Size Limit: 10” x 10” base

Bring friends, family, and colleagues to work together to create beautiful LEGO® structures. This year’s theme is sailboats. We can find sailboat images in four of the museum exhibitions right now.  Take inspiration from the images on view or come up with your own unique ideas.  Let your imagination run wild, share your vision, and win awards with teams from across the capital region. Basic building blocks will be supplied; however, contestants may also bring in their own.

Challenge Specifics:

  • Models must be built using only LEGO® bricks and elements. You may bring in your own pieces or we will provide you with basic bricks in a variety of sizes and a 10” x 10” base.
  • Entries must be original designs based on the theme. Commercially sold kits or published designs are not permitted.
  • Project entries must be completely assembled within the one and a half hour time limit. All assembly must be completed on site during the challenge; no pre-built parts will be permitted.
  • Your team may choose to practice building your model prior to the day of the building challenge.
  • Feel free to bring sketches, drawings, and photographs to use as reference.
  • Judging will occur during the assembly time as well as after final assembly. Participants will have the opportunity to describe their structure as part of the judging process.
  • During the competition, children under 12 must be supervised by the adults who brought them; they cannot be left alone.

Please note that space is limited, and pre-registration is required.

For more information contact Sarah Clowe at 518-463-4478- ext 435 or e-mail to

If using a mobile device to register please switch your viewing options to full desktop view in order to complete the registration.

Participation in the event assumes consent for photographs to be used for museum purposes unless participants otherwise notify The Albany Institute of History & Art.

LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO® Group of Companies which does not sponsor, authorize, or endorse this event.

LECTURE Founding Friendships: Friendships between Men and Women in the Early Republic

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

Guest speaker is Cassandra Good, Assistant Professor of History and Politics, Marymount University

The question of whether friendships between men and women are possible was embedded in and debated as far back as the birth of the American nation. Many of the nation’s founding fathers had female friends but popular rhetoric held that these relationships were fraught with social danger, if not impossible. In this talk Good explore friendships between men and women which were quite common at a time when personal relationships were deeply political.

  • Included with museum admission

Art Connects Fall 2019

Adult: Tuesday, September 17 • 11:00am - 12:00pm Adult: Tuesday, September 17 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm Adult: Tuesday, October 22 • 11:00am - 12:00pm Adult: Tuesday, October 22 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm Adult: Tuesday, November 12 • 11:00am Adult: Tuesday, November 12 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Special program designed for people affected with early to mid-stage Alzheimer's and other cognitive deficits and their care givers.

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:

September 17

October 22

November 12

Sessions are held at 11am-12:00pm and 2pm-3:00pm

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

IMAGE: Lombardo's Red, Lori Lawrence, 1989, oil on canvas, Gift of Georgina H. (Mrs. David) Williams via the Contemporary Arts Fund, 1991.1