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This week at the museum

Children's Program
n e w: let's go take a trip
January 03, 2015 :  11:00 A.M. - March 07, 2015 :  11:45 A.M.

Location:  Adirondack Hall
Description:   The first Saturday of the month (Jan 3, Feb 7, Mar 7) take a trip and be a time traveler throughout the Adirondack Wilderness, New York Metropolis, Native Peoples' Longhouse and much more. Join a Museum Instructor on a creative adventure and explore all that NY State has to offer! Program features a "trip" in the Museum each month. Come join in the fun and earn your Museum Traveler's Badge! Meet at the Main Lobby Desk. Intended for ages 4-6 years old.

rain or's reading time!
January 14, 2015 :  10:30 A.M. - March 25, 2015 :  11:15 A.M.

Location:  Kids' Cove
Description:   Wednesdays: January 14 & 28; February 11 & 25; March 11 & 25. Read a story with Miss Ann and visit a special exhibit to learn more about New York State. Free program for preschool age children. Meet at Kid's Cove.

Family Program
creative art day
January 10, 2014 :  1:00 P.M. - March 14, 2015 :  3:00 P.M.

Location:  Classroom 2-3
Description:   Families are welcome to join Art Instructor, Peggy Steinbach for a creative art activity based on the following Museum exhibition: January 10: Eugene Speicher West Gallery February 14: Black Capital:Harlem in the 20's New York Hall March 14: Represent: Contemporary Native American Art Crossroads Gallery

trash to treasure
January 03, 2015 :  1:00 P.M. - March 07, 2015 :  3:00 P.M.

Location:  Classroom 2-3
Description:   Trash to Treasure features an art project using manufacturing mistakes and materials destined for the landfill. Museum art instructor, Peggy Steinbach invites you to spend an Earth-friendly afternoon at the Museum. Programs are scheduled on Saturday: January 3, February 7, March 7.

art-rageous weekend
January 24, 2015 :  1:00 P.M. - January 25, 2015 :  4:00 P.M.

Location:  Adirondack Hall
Description:   Eugene Speicher was a true New York artist and in 1936 was cited as America's most important living painter! Take a tour of the Eugene Speicher exhibit to view his work of portraiture, still-life and landscape. Once inspired, express yourself with a still-life painting of a floral arrangement, do a landscape drawing in the classroom, have your portrait done by a local artist or watch a short film about 20th-century American artists in the Huxley Theater. Activities schedule will be available that day. Join us for an afternoon of some Art-Rageous activity!

lunchtime film series: national gallery of art, 20th century european art: matisse in nice
January 29, 2015 :  12:00 P.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Location:  Huxley Theater
Description:   Changes occurred in Matisse's paintings during his years in Nice, on the French Riviera. His response to the light and color of the Mediterranean is seen not only in his sun-drenched landscapes but also in his paintings of voluptuous nudes in richly patterned interiors. (30 minutes.)

cinema sunday: glory
February 01, 2015 :  2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Location:  Huxley Theater
Description:   Glory is a celebration of a little-known act of mass courage during the Civil War. Simply put, the heroes involved have been ignored by history due to racism. those heroes were all-black members of the 54th Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, headed by Col. Robert Gould Shaw the son of an influential abolitionist. Despite the fact that the Civil War is ostensibly being fought on their behalf, the black soldiers are denied virtually every privileged and amenity that is matter of course for their white counterparts. Rating R. (1090. 122 minutes)

shaker inventions and innovations: fact or fiction?
January 31, 2015 :  1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Location:  Huxley Theater
Description:   The Shakers are credited with inventing a large number of now-common everyday items, as well as more unique, unusual things. Todd Burdick will share his knowledge in this illustrated lecture, including hands-on experiences with selected reproductions of Shaker artifacts. Participants will explore this topic, with a discussion focused on some real and supposed Shaker-invented items. Learn about which ones are actually Shaker inventions, which are not, and which might be because scholars and historians still debate the issue. Did the Shakers really invent the circular saw, the seed packet, clothes pins, the round barn, the flat broom, and more? Come to this presentation, and see for yourself! This lecture is offered by Hancock Shaker Village.

This week at the museum
Family Program
family fun day: blooming at the museum
February 21, 2015 :  1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Location:  Museum Lobby
Description:   Check with Main Lobby Desk on day of event. Each third Saturday of the month, the Museum offers fun for the whole family with games, crafts, and other theme-based activities.

family fun day: shakers
March 21, 2015 :  1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Location:  Museum Exhibit Galleries
Description:   Each third Saturday of the month, the Museum offers fun for the whole family with games, crafts, and other theme-based activities. Check with Main Lobby Desk on day of this free event.

lunchtime film series, national gallery of art: 20th century european art (2 films) picasso: saltimbanques and picasso and the circus
February 05, 2015 :  12:00 P.M. - 12:45 P.M.

Location:  Huxley Theater
Description:   Picasso: Saltimbanques Itinerant performers, or saltimbanques, figure in many of Picassos works, particularly those of the Rose period. This film evokes a sense of the atmosphere that inspired the artist and traces the process through which curators and conservators discovered earlier compositions, thought to have been list beneath the surface of Picassos painting Family of Saltimbanques (25 minutes.) Picasso and the Circus: A young girl strolls through the exhibition Picasso: The Saltimbanques. As she gazes at Picassos pictures of jugglers, bareback riders, harlequins, and clowns, the images before her give way to scenes of a Parisian circus of the kind Picasso attended. (7 minutes.)

lunchtime film series: national gallery of art: 20th century european art thursday, february 12: henry moore: a life in sculpture
February 12, 2015 :  1:00 P.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Location:  Huxley Theater
Description:   Henry Moore's long journey from a nineteenth century coal-mining town in the north of England to the center stage of the twentieth-century art world was driven by talent, vision, and ambition. He fused ideas from non-European cultures, surrealism, and nature into unique sculptural works that made their way into galleries and private collections around the world. This program traces Moore's career through footage of the artist at work, views of his sculpture and drawings, and interviews with colleagues Anthony Caro and Bruce Nauman, critics, and curators. (25 minutes.)

Guided Tour
behind the scenes tour: state museum shaker collection *tour is full.
March 14, 2015 :  1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Registration:  Space is limited, please register by March 7th with Nicole LaFountain at 518.474.0575 or email
Location:  Museum Lobby
Description:   This tour is full. The State Museum's collection of Shaker materials includes several thousand artifacts, only a small portion of which can be seen in the current exhibition. In this behind the scenes tour, visitors will see Shaker artifacts in the museum's collection storage, and explore what made Shaker craftsmanship internationally admired.

n y s museum research and collections wednesday evening lecture: investigating famous fossils from foreign (and domestic) lands to understand the ecological consequences of climate change
February 04, 2015 :  7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Location:  Huxley Theater
Description:   Dr. Robert S. Feranec, Curator of Mammals and Pleistocene Vertebrate Paleontology, will discuss his work investigating how the effects of past climate changes can inform us today. He will highlight on-going work being conducted in New York as well as from Atapuerca, a World Heritage locality in Spain that contains some of the earliest evidence of humans in Europe.

diamond hunters, remote lands and the human footprint
February 05, 2015 :  7:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.

Location:  Huxley Theater
Description:   Diamonds and other precious stones comprise a surprising portion of the world mineral trade. They also provide insights into how we are extracting natural resources from ever more remote parts of the earth, and at ever greater cost. This talk examines the long, strange history of North American diamond exploration, the recent opening of mines in the far north, and the wider implications. This talk is presented by Kevin Krajick, senior science writer for The Earth Institute. He has worked as a journalist for more than 30 years. Reporting from dozens of countries, he has covered warfare in Central America, climate change at the poles, and natural hazards in many areas. His articles about nature and science have appeared in National Geographic, The New Yorker, Newsweek, Science and many other publications. He was a finalist for the National Magazine Award for Public Service, and is two-time winner of the American Geophysical Union's Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism. His 2001 book "Barren Lands an account of mineral prospectors in the far north, drew widespread critical praise. This event is sponsored by the Capital District Gem and Mineral Club.

n y s museum research and collections wednesday evening lecture: warming, cooling and agricultural evolution

February 18, 2015 :  7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Location:  Huxley Theater
Description:   The classic expression of Native American agriculture in temperate northeastern North America is the three sisters - maize, common bean and squash. Each of these crops entered into the region separately beginning over 5,000 years ago and ending as recently as 700 years ago. As a result of interactions with human populations and sub-regional environments, each crop had its own unique evolutionary history. The crop varieties and agricultural management systems that evolved over the centuries across the Northeast were well adapted to the short northern growing seasons and changes to regional climatic patterns such as the Little Ice Age.

all souls are created equal
February 28, 2015 :  1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Location:  Huxley Theater
Description:   In Shaker communities, men and women shared power and African Americans were embraced as equal brothers and sisters. These Shaker practices created friction between with existing worldly laws and led to intense legal battles and surprising changes in New York State laws. Staff from the Shaker Heritage Society explores these revolutionary ideas and their evolution within Shaker society and the responses from the secular world. This lecture is offered by Shaker Heritage Society.

n y s museum research and collections wednesday evening lecture: where north america almost broke apartnorthern new york
March 04, 2015 :  7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Location:  Huxley Theater
Description:   In this talk, Dr. Ed Landing, State Paleontologist, describes a newly recognized geological history in northern New York and southern Canada in the interval 560510 million years ago. A thousand mile-long subsiding feature first developed in northern New York and adjacent areas 560 million years ago and then "mysteriously" began sinking again 510 million years agodragging northern New York and Vermont down in the process.

n y s museum research and collections wednesday evening lecture: investigations at atapuerca (spain): insights into our human ancestors
March 18, 2015 :  7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Location:  Huxley Theater
Description:   The Sierra de Atapuerca, a World Heritage Site in northern Spain, has yielded an incredible amount of fossil remains including some of the earliest humans known from Europe. This lecture will highlight the incredible fossils discovered at the site focusing on our human ancestors.

Special Event
22nd annual james campbell memorial gem, mineral, and fossil show and sale
February 14, 2015 :  10:00 A.M. - February 15, 2015 :  5:00 P.M.

Cost: $5.00
Location:  Fourth Floor - Terrace
Description:   Admission Fee: $5*/Adult. Cash only. *Children ages 12 and under free admission. Vendors throughout the Northeast display and sell gems, jewelry, minerals, lapidary equipment, fossils and much more on the fourth floor terrace gallery. This event is co-sponsored by the Capital District Mineral Club and the New York Academy of Mineralogy. All proceeds benefit the Museum's mineral acquisition fund. For more information, call 518-474-5877.

schools out & the museum is in!
February 17, 2015 :  1:00 P.M. - February 18, 2015 :  4:00 P.M.

Location:  Museum Exhibit Galleries
Description:   Calling all learners! Come explore the museums exhibitions and discover something new by participating in a variety of exciting activities.

24th annual new york in bloom
February 20, 2015 :  9:30 A.M. - February 22, 2015 :  5:00 P.M.

Cost: $5.00
Location:  Adirondack Hall
Description:   Each year, this event brings together floral designers, garden club members and flower enthusiasts from around the region to create spectacular arrangements throughout the Museums exhibitions. Other weekend highlights include a premier lobby display, floral design demonstrations, childrens activities, table displays and a flower market. This fundraising weekend benefits the Museums educational programs for children. For more information, call 518-474-5877 or visit $5 each day. Cash only. *Children ages 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult.

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