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A Sense of Time: The Historical Art of L. F. Tantillo
Through JULY 25, 2021

Artist Len Tantillo is recognized for his ability to capture specific moments and visualize places of the past through his paintings. The exhibition A Sense of Time: The Historical Art of L. F. Tantillo highlights the artist's forty-year career and brings together a selection of over 90 works of art by one of the most noted painters of historical subjects and marine views of our time.

Having spent his life in the Hudson Valley, most of Tantillo's work portrays the sites and events that shaped the history of New York State, from pre-European contact Iroquois villages to Dutch settlement and continuing to the development of railroads and the construction of iron bridges across the Hudson River. By looking at a single Tantillo painting, a viewer can be transported back in time to when the Hudson River was a major highway with vessels of all shapes and sizes plying the waters or imagine how seventeenth and eighteenth-century Albany, Kingston, and Manhattan may have looked. Tantillo's painting of Fort Orange gives us a sense of what the earliest settlement of what is now Albany looked like in 1635 while his painting of a c. 1880 Hudson River icehouse depicts an important industry that no longer exists. He also envisions nineteenth-century shores of Troy and Rondout jammed with steamships, breathes life into steam engines pulling into railroad stations, and captures the energy of twentieth-century Grumman airplanes soaring through clouds.

As an artist, Tantillo is known for his attention to detail and historical accuracy. Before a painting, Tantillo meticulously researches his subject to ensure the accuracy of the painting's details and setting. The exhibition pairs some of Tantillo's works with preparatory sketches, models, and videos about the artist's process. A Sense of Time, features 97 works of art from fifty three institutions and collectors.
About L. F. Tantillo

Len Tantillo was born in 1946 in upstate New York and attended the Rhode Island School of Design. From 1969 to 1976 he worked as an architectural designer and acquired a working knowledge of building design and construction. During his apprenticeship the focus of his work shifted to visual presentation and in 1976, Tantillo began working as a free-lance architectural illustrator. In 1980, he was commissioned to depict a series of 19th century structures from archeological artifacts and historic documents. Similar projects followed and in 1984, Tantillo left commercial art and began the full-time pursuit of historical fine art. He has spent the past 40 years creating numerous historical and marine paintings, which have continued to draw a wide audience. His work is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Albany Institute of History & Art, Historic Huguenot Street, Fenimore Art Museum, Excelsior College, and in many other public collections. In 2009, the Westfries Museum, Hoorn, Netherlands exhibited 50 of his works in the exhibition Hollanders and the Hudson: The Paintings of L.F. Tantillo. He is a fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists and the New York Academy of History. Tantillo’s studio is located in southern Rensselaer County in upstate New York.
Exhibition Support

Major funding has been provided by Bruce and Jenny McKinney.

This program is sponsored as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.

Leading support has been provided by Donald and Ann Eberle, Mr. William M. Harris and Ms. Holly A. Katz, Vicary and Peter Thomas, Richard and Karen Nicholson, George and Kathleen McNamee, Mr. Alan P. Goldberg, Peter and Rose-Marie Ten Eyck, Evelyn Trebilcock, Daniel Wulff, Jan and Stan Smith, and Douglas L. Cohn, D.V.M.

Season exhibition and program support is provided by Phoebe Powell Bender, Mr. and Mrs. George R. Hearst III, Charles M. Liddle III, Lois and David Swawite, and the Carl E. Touhey Foundation, Inc.

Program and exhibition support is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

A Fresh Look at Eighteenth-Century Portraits
Through MAY 16, 2021

With support from the Stockman Family Foundation, the Williamstown Art Conservation Center was awarded nearly $238,000 to conserve thirty-one of the Albany Institute’s earliest Hudson Valley portraits dating from the first half of the eighteenth century.

The exhibition focuses on a small group of these portraits to highlight the process of conserving works of art that are close to three hundred years old. Detailed photographs accompany the portraits to show before and after results of conservation and offer visitors a chance to see conservators working at various stages throughout the process. The results of conservation reveal much about the materials artists used, their techniques and painting procedures, and what has been lost and revealed anew through conservation treatment.

Exhibition Support
Program and exhibition support is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

The leading sponsor for this exhibition is Ten Eyck Bronk Powell III. Major support is provided by Douglas L. Cohn, D.V.M. Season exhibition support is provided by Phoebe Powell Bender, Mr. and Mrs. George R. Hearst III, Charles M. Liddle III, Lois & David Swawite, and the Carl E. Touhey Foundation, Inc.

The Albany Institute also wishes to acknowledge the Stockman Family Foundation and the Williamstown Art Conservation Center for their generosity and professional high standards in this important project.

Fellow Citizens! DeWitt Clinton's Broadsides of the Early Republic
Through MAY 16, 2021

The Albany Institute of History & Art is home to what is likely the earliest collection of political material specifically assembled as a political collection – the DeWitt Clinton Broadside Collection, which encompasses over one hundred broadsides ranging in date from 1775 to 1813.

A broadside is a single sheet of paper printed with information on one side. Donated to the Albany Institute by Theodoric Romeyn Beck (1791-1855), the broadsides collection would be tucked away and forgotten about, rediscovered and acclaimed, and stored once more, hidden to the world at large, until a local political memorabilia collector learned about the Institute’s collection in 2018, and was thrilled by the discovery. Historically, broadsides were ephemeral sources of information created to serve specific, temporary purposes. After serving their purpose they were either thrown away or repurposed and since paper was a scarce commodity in early America, their survival today is rare.

Fellow Citizens! DeWitt Clinton’s Broadsides of the Early Republic exhibition focuses on five New York State gubernatorial elections, the context of American life at the time the broadsides were written, and the life and legacy of DeWitt Clinton. It will include a selection of nearly twenty political broadsides, along with contemporary paintings, artifacts from the era, and a rare map of New York from 1796.
Exhibition Support

Program and exhibition support is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Season exhibition and program support is provided by Phoebe Powell Bender, Mr. and Mrs. George R. Hearst III, Charles M. Liddle III, Lois and David Swawite, and the Carl E. Touhey Foundation, Inc.

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