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.

VIRTUAL PRESENTATION A Disappearing Country: Algonkian life in the 18th Century Northeast (1700-1763)

General: Saturday, May 22 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Glimpse the seismic changes in Algonkian life (daily living, customs of war, adoption/captivity, alliances, friendships and marriages between Natives, Europeans and Africans) during the first half of the 18th century as the consequences of contact with new European neighbors in the Northeast rippled outward. The rising fur trade, persistent conversion efforts from Christian missionaries, epidemic disease and forced removal from tribal lands changed the balance of Algonkian life forever even as further colonial wars raged on, including Queen Anne’s, King William’s and the Seven Years’ War.

Drew Shuptar-Rayvis (Pekatawas MakataweU “Black Corn”) holds a cum laude Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Sociology from Western Connecticut State University and a Certificate Degree in Archaeology from Norwalk Community College. A true American of the mid-Atlantic region, his family includes indigenous Accomac and Pocomoke heritage, Pennsylvania Dutch, Welsh, Swiss, English, Scots-Irish, Boyko Ukrainian and Ashkanazi Jewish, he honors all of his ancestors as a practicing living historian and regularly participates in colonial era reenactments, interpretations and public educational events. He has studied and become proficient in the reading of Wampum and works diligently in the research and preservation of the Eastern Woodland languages, particularly Renape and Mahican and is educated in the many European languages at use in the Colonial Period. He was the first garden manager of Western Connecticut State University’s Permaculture Garden, and practices Native horticulture.

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.

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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 PROGRAM | Garden Portraits: Magnificent Private Gardens of the Hudson Valley

 

Join acclaimed photographer Larry Lederman for a virtual tour of the two public gardens and the fourteen private gardens depicted in his newest book Garden Portraits: Experiences of Natural Beauty. All of the gardens featured in the talk are located in the Hudson Valley, Long Island and Connecticut, and many are never before seen properties that were designed for (and sometimes by) artists, socialites, celebrities, and entrepreneurs as personal retreats.  Published by The Monacelli Press, Garden Portraits is Lederman's sixth work of botanical photography.  His other books include Frederic Church's Olana on the Hudson, The Rockefeller Family Gardens, and Magnificient Trees of the New York Botanical Garden.

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.

To sign up for this special lecture, please click here.

The book Garden Portraits is available in the museum shop: Regular Price $50, AIHA Members and Lecture Participants Price $45.00.

To request a copy of the book, please call or email the museum shop: 518-463-4478 ext 459, museumshop@albanyinstitute.org.

May Book & Art Club

Adults: Thursday, May 27 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm

May Book 

THE MONSTERS WE MAKE by Kali White

 

Register:  HERE

A free digital copy of  The Monsters We Make 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.

Virtual Program: June Art du Jour

Adults: Wednesday, June 16 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Take a break! This virtual program features a relaxed, explorative discussion of the painting The New Empire State Express by Leslie Ragan. Participants will be guided through a contemplative analysis of the painting by a member of the education staff. The guided discussion will be about 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, but reservations are required.

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.