Aug 11, 2016 Ali Hibbs
Egyptologist and Guest Curator Dr. Peter Lacovara has incorporated the research and scientific discoveries revealed in the GE Presents: The Mystery of the Albany Mummies exhibition into a new exhibition about Ancient Egypt. Visitors to the museum will continue to enjoy the story of the Albany mummies, learn about the history of Ancient Egypt, and see how the intersection of new science, technology, and scholarship changes how we learn. In addition to the story of Mummy Ankhefenmit, theme and topis in the new galleries include: Egyptian HIstory and Civilization; the Nile and the Environment; Crafts and Professions; Food and Drink; Gods and Goddesses; and Preparing for the Afterlife.
The Jabbur Gallery now features the story of Albany’s 3,000 year old mummy, Ankhefenmut, a priest and sculptor in the Temple of Mut, along with his recently discovered priest’s robe, his coffin base from the museum’s collection, and his beautiful coffin lid on loan from the Kunsthistoriches Museum, Vienna.
The museum’s Ptolemaic Period mummy and his coffin are now on view in the Heinrich Medicus Gallery with a selection of over seventy objects highlighting ancient Egyptian daily life, afterlife, and animal mummies.
Joining objects from the museum’s collection are loans from the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Semitic Museum, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Williams College, and a number of private collections.
Also included are a timeline and a slide presentation highlighting the trip the Albany Mummies took to Albany Medical Center for x-rays and CT scans, which revealed new information about the age, gender, and occupation of these mummies.
Artists of the Hudson River School painted and sketched a variety of landscapes during the fifty-year period from 1825 to 1875. The American wilderness, which has now come to define the school, represents only one. These same artists also painted scenes of rural farms and gardens, manufacturing facilities and scenic tourist sites. Their works portray a visual history of the American landscape during decades of rapid change and transformation. This exhibition draws from the Albany Institute’s collection and includes paintings by several artists associated with the Hudson River School, including Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church, James and William Hart, Alfred Thompson Bricher, and others.
Designed to showcase the museum’s nationally known collection of mid- to late-nineteenth-century sculpture, this exhibition features twenty plaster, marble, and bronze sculptures, and framed bas-reliefs by Albany sculptor Erastus Dow Palmer and his three studio assistants and protégés, Launt Thompson, Charles Calverley, and Richard Park.
Since its invention, glass has been a critical medium for almost every field and purpose, ranging from elaborate fine-art work to practical household items and everything in between. “A Gather of Glass” showcases decorative and functional glassware found in American households over three centuries, emphasizing the variety of processes by which objects were formed and decorated.
The exhibition includes a selection of blown, molded, pressed, and cut glass pieces from the Institute’s collection, many manufactured in the northeast United States. A selection of colored glass showcases the American predilection for both clear glass pieces, and vibrant, experimental glass of many hues.
Highlights of the exhibition include examples from the Institute’s Corning service of cut-glass tableware crafted in the 1850s, Albany Glass Works flasks, and lacy glass saltcellars, among many other items from the Institute’s collections.
The character and culture of Albany and the Upper Hudson Valley have roots in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the early inhabitants of the region, their beliefs, relationships, and interactions.
This exhibition looks at those diverse peoples who shaped colonial Albany and the objects that reflect their interests, values, commercial, and social interactions. The values they held and culture they shaped have defined us today as Americans.
The exhibition is organized around four themes:
Highlights include limner portraits (likenesses made by self-taught painters), Albany-made silver, branded furniture, ceramics, textiles, maps and manuscript materials with documented family histories.