The Albany Institute of History & Art is among the oldest in the country. Founded in 1791 as the Society for the Promotion of Agriculture, Arts, and Manufacturers in New York City, it moved to its Albany home in 1796. The museum houses permanent collections and traveling exhibits that preserve the history of its city and the Upper Hudson Valley.
This season the institute hosts “Summer Exposure: Photographic Works by Martin Benjamin, Carolyn Marks Blackwood, Tom Fels, Dana Hoey, and William Jaeger.” The five photographers, who have each selected which of their works to display, explore different elements of American life and landscape. Each artist’s solo show will be on display in the museum’s grand, second-floor galleries.
Carolyn Marks Blackwood, whose work appeared on Chronogram’s February 2009 cover, is a resident of Rhinecliff. Her exhibition, “Elements of Place,” is a series of photographs taken from her cliff-top home overlooking the Hudson. Blackwood’s work captures the river in its many moods—fractured shards of ice, fog rising from the surface, a warm sunset, a flock of birds—and reveals abstract patterns in the Hudson Valley landscape. The spaciousness of the museum’s galleries has allowed Blackwood to display her prints on a grand scale; the largest piece reaches over 100 feet in height.
“Summer Exposure” is on display now at the Albany Institute of History & Art and will run until September 7. The museum is open to the public Wednesdays to Saturdays, 10am to 5pm, on Sundays from noon to 5pm, and by registration on Tuesdays. (518) 463-4478.