Randolph Street Gallery collection

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

Partially processed. Approximately 230 boxes, 2 large 5 drawer flat files of posters and art work, 3 rolling cabinets of VHS tapes, and realia consisting of artists’ portfolios, slides, 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 documenting performance, sculpture, visual and other art forms created or presented by local and international artists at the Randolph Street Gallery in Chicago.

Biographical Historical Note

Randolph Street Gallery was a vital force in the contemporary art community of Chicago for over twenty years (1979-1998), serving as a laboratory for new zones of activity, new thought and new ways to bring art to the world. The gallery’s programs and special projects included exhibitions, performances, video and film screenings, public art, education programs, panel discussions, symposia, grants to artists, and arts advocacy. Randolph Street Gallery was also the original publisher of P-form: Performance Art Magazine.