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Art and Art History


Contemporary art has seen a marked increase in practices that defy traditional descriptions of media. Categories like painting, drawing, sculpture and photography no longer suffice to describe the full range of processes and forms that artists engage. Even relatively newer media categories like conceptual art, video art and performance art cannot encompass what many artists today do in their studios and in the streets. The exhibition “Mash-ups” is an intentional grouping of creative work that defies categorization by medium, leaving to the viewer a wide range of potential experiences. 

Photo Galleries

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    Beatrice Skeffington-Palmieri exhibits images from her semester abroad in Greece. October 25-December 1, 2018
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    October 11th  to November 4th

    Sonnenschein Gallery/Albright Gallery
    Durand Art Institute 
    Lake Forest College

    M/W/F: 2:00 - 5:00 PM
    SAT/SUN: 1:00 - 5:00 PM
    By Appointment: Call (847)-735-5194

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    Students from Michelle Bolinger’s summer Art class display their projects. The exhibit runs from September 13-October 12, 2018.
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    September 6 - October 6, 2018

    In the Sonnenschein Gallery, Green Daze, Migration (Nene, Indigo Bunting male and female, and California Condor) shows four bird vocalization pieces hung on semi transparent layers in front of an opaque landscape print. Collaborating with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology NY, Hargrave creates abstract patterned “portraits” of the most threatened and endangered birds of the world using sound files depicting sound wave patterns of actual bird calls. Hargrave photographs, layers, and colors the sound waves using the hues of the eyes, talons, skin, or plumage of each particular species.
    In the Albright Gallery, On Any Given Night …  presents archives of the voices of scientists describing field conditions, dates, times, and the catalog numbers of each recording, dating back to the 1950s. Our ways of interacting with and experiencing wildlife are now mediated through the use of technology. Hargrave presents chilling archival recordings of the very last mating calls of now extinct male birds summoning non-existent females. The poignancy of a library containing this evidence of biodiversity past and the sense of loss is deeply moving to the artist and inspired this project.

    Gallery Hours: MWF 2-5PM | SAT/SUN 1-5PM | By appointment
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    The Sonnenschein and Albright Galleries feature the work of 10 graduating seniors.