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Q & A: AIHA curator says rare items on view just part of Institute’s trove

Tammis Groft, chief curator at the Albany Institute of History & Art, stands among items that are part of 
“Great, Strange, and Rarely Seen: Objects from the Vault,” co-curated by Groft and Doug McCombs.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Tammis Groft, chief curator at the Albany Institute of History & Art, stands among items that are part of “Great, Strange, and Rarely Seen: Objects from the Vault,” co-curated by Groft and Doug McCombs.
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A painting of President Chester A. Arthur as a Samurai warrior? How about chiffon dresses from “Downton Abbey” days, a red Chinese lacquer chair with carvings of five-toed dragons and jewelry made of human hair? There’s something strange going on at the Albany Institute of History & Art, and it could remind you of “Antiques Roadshow” or “Ripley’s Believe It or Not.” “Great, Strange, and Rarely Seen: Objects from the Vault,” co-curated by Tammis K. ...

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