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Art and Art History

Sonnenschein and Albright Galleries

The Sonnenschein and Albright Galleries are located in the historic Durand Art Institute building, which was completed in 1892 with financing from wholesale grocery magnate Henry C. Durand. The galleries are on the top floor of the building and have showcased works of artists such as Wafaa Bilal, Ivan Abreu, and Thomas Nozkowski. Admission to these galleries is always free. Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 2:00-5:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday 1:00-5:00 pm. 


  • People in Packets is an exhibition of recent work by the artist team Owen Mundy and Joelle Dietrick. In the Sonnenshein Gallery, Packet Switching is a series of generative animations that visualizes architecture as fragments affected by economic and communications systems. The title of the series references how digital communication breaks files into smaller manageable blocks of data called packets. Each packet is then sent through a network, taking the quickest route possible, and reassembled once they reach their destination.
    Since considering architecture as data packets manipulated by larger systems, the artists are currently applying these ideas to people as data packets, hence the title of the exhibition People in Packets. New work in the Albright Gallery gives visitors a glimpse into the artists’ work mid-process with Tally, a web browser that gamifies online activity; Product Monsters, looping animations that will eventually be part of the Tally; The Speed of Thinking, a mobile game that playfully connects global trade to global warming; and Falling Containers, a generative study for The Speed of Thinking. Both games are being development during their Fulbrights to Austria, Germany, Chile and Hong Kong from 2016 to 2019. 

    October 6 - November 1, 2017
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  • Making art is a dynamic process of experimentation and change. Artists and designers test their ideas before setting out to make the finished product. Preparatory works, known as “studies,” are exciting to look at because they reveal the active mind of the artist engaged in creative discovery. A flurry of marks on a sheet of sketchbook paper conveys how quickly the brain and hand can move together.

    Although this exhibition focuses on drawings, every artistic medium has its own version of the unfinished study. Architects make blueprints, ceramists do multiple firings, printers and photographers use proofs, industrial designers fabricate prototypes, and on and on.


    August 31 - September 30, 2017

    Sonnenschein and Albright Galleries
    Durand Art Institute

    Galley Hours:
    M/W/F- 2:00 - 5:00 PM
    Sat/Sun - 1:00 - 5:00 PM
    By Appointment - (847) 735-5194
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