Albany Institute of Art opens “Winter Amusements”

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Over Thanksgiving weekend, the Albany Institute of History & Art overhauled its exhibitions to switch to its seasonal “Winter Amusements,” which includes festive decorations, traditional holiday favorites, and a new pop-up outdoor show, with most displays included with the price of admission.

The exhibitions will run through February 2021 and interested visitors are encouraged to visit the museum’s website for information on hours and timed tickets in compliance with New York State’s Covid-19 guidelines.

Aside from the gallery’s winter festivities, the institute has several planned programs, both in-person and virtually over the next month.

Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m., historian and electrical engineer David Hochfelder will present The Telegraph in America: 1832-1920, an examination into the important role of telegraphy in 19th century America, focusing on the correlation between technological innovation and societal changem and its implications on modernity. Registration can be done ahead of time here, and the program has a suggested donation of $10.

The same evening and same time, the museum will partner with Albany Public Library for a virtual Book & Art Club event studying The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald. The program is free, but there’s limited space and registration is available here.

On the following afternoon (Friday, Dec. 4 at 3:30 p.m.), the institute will host a virtual children’s workshop admiring the jewelry and symbols from ancient Egypt, as part of an ongoing display the gallery has had this year. Members can register here for $10 ($15 for non-members).

This month’s Art du Jour will take place Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. and will look at the painting Judge Van Aernum in His Sleigh by Thomas Kirby Van Zandt. A required reservation can be made here, and there is a $10 suggested donation.

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