“Believing that art and creative expression are social as well as personal in nature, RSG provides a forum for people to engage in art and contemporary issues. Ongoing programs and special projects promote artists and public access to art through exhibitions, performances, video and film screenings, public art, education programs, grants to artists and arts advocacy.”
--Randolph Street Gallery mission statement
Randolph Street Gallery (RSG) began in 1979 as an apartment gallery in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, and over its twenty-year life, it grew to become a vital force in the world of contemporary art. With particular interest in the social and political issues of its time and a deep commitment to community engagement, RSG was a critical venue for new forms of artistic expression and left a lasting impact both locally and globally.
The Randolph Street Gallery Archive (RSGA) is a hands-on teaching collection dedicated to the education of future generations of artists, performers, scholars, writers, and arts administrators. Comprising the intellectual and material history of the Randolph Street Gallery (RSG), the archival collection is stewarded by the Flaxman Library Special Collections at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The archives contain the historical records of the gallery’s diverse activities and includes artists’ portfolios, slides, posters, signage, photographs, performance programs, publications, news clippings, publicity files, a variety of video media, sound recordings, computer files, administrative records, and approximately fifty original works of art.
For further information about RSG and to connect to other facets of the Archive, please click here. The Gallery was also the original publisher of P-form: Performance Art Magazine.
For questions regarding use of the Randolph Street Gallery Archive or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Special Collections Librarian, Doro Boehme, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Randolph Street Gallery Archival materials can be viewed in the Flaxman Special Collections Reading Room, 37 S. Wabash, rm. 508.
Reading room hours are:
Monday-Thursday: 9:00 am - 7:30 pm
Friday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm.