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200 Years of Collecting


A major exhibition of the American art and decorative arts collections of the Albany Institute of History & Art opened on Saturday, November 14, 1998 and will continue through May 30, 1999.

Inspired by the publication of the first comprehensive catalogue of the museum's collection, 200 Years of Collecting,will be the last major exhibition presented at the Albany Institute before it closes to the public for renovations next spring. "The exhibition represents the last chance in this century to see some of the finest examples of our collection," observed director Christine M. Miles. "The next opportunity to see these treasures will be when the new Albany Institute opens in 2001."

The exhibition includes more than 100 examples of paintings and drawings, prints, miniatures, sculpture, and pewter, furniture, stoves, ceramics and glass. A complementary exhibition of all the silver featured in the catalogue, Shining Objects from Our Past, is currently on view in the South Gallery.

Of the museum's collection of more than 20,000 objects, the 130 objects in the catalogue were chosen for their national significance, artistic merit, and relevance to the Institute's mission of collecting and interpreting the art, history, and culture of New York State's Upper Hudson Valley from the late 17th century to the present. Catalogue essays, reflecting new research and scholarship on the objects were contributed by 24 nationally recognized scholars and a historical introduction was written by AIHA Director Christine M. Miles.

200 Years of Collecting, places the collections of the Albany Institute in a broad social and historical context. Taken as a whole, the Albany Institute's holdings of more than 20,000 objects form one of the finest regional collections in the United States. And because New York State's Upper Hudson Valley region played such an important role in the early development of the country, much of the collection transcends its regional origins to attain national significance.

Major funding for 200 Years of Collecting, (the exhibition) has been provided by First Albany Corporation, NYMED, INC., Matthew Bender IV and the Women's Council of the Albany Institute.

The catalogue, 200 Years of Collecting, was published by Hudson Hills Press on November 27, 1998. Printed on permanent alkaline paper, the 328-page book is illustrated with 153 color plates (including 2 gatefolds) and 62 black & white photos. The publication, which is available in the Museum Shop and by mail order from the museum, has a pre-January 1 price of $60 hardcover/$ 40 paper ($75/$50 after January 1, 1999).

Major funding for 200 Years of Collecting,(the catalogue) was provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc., First Albany Corporation, Furthermore...the Publication Program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, the Women's Council of the Albany Institute, and the late Marjorie Doyle Rockwell, a long-term trustee and supporter of the museum.

Top to bottom: attributed to Nehemiah Partridge, Ariantje Coeymans (Mrs. David Verplanck), 1718 or c. 1722-24, oil on canvas, 71 x 39 inches, original painted wood frame, 85 1/4 x 53 1/4 inches,bequest of Mrs. Gertrude Watson; Richard Callner, Red Fields, East of Madrid, 1988, watercolor and gouache on paper, 29 1/5 x 42 inches, AIHA Purchase.

rev. 11/22/10

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