The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago records

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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

16.5 linear feet of photographs and159 linear feet of paper archives comprising the records of the Renaissance Society of the University of Chicago since 1965 and documenting primarily exhibitions but also receptions, artist talks, lectures, concerts, readings, and performances. Materials in the paper files consist of correspondence, notes, press releases, press clippings, exhibition posters, event announcements, catalogs and records of catalog production, loan agreements, insurance records, shipping records, research materials on the artists (catalogs and press on the artists’ work at other venues), and printed ephemera. They include small amounts of correspondence with some artists, including Michael Asher, Steven Foster, Dan Graham, Sam Maloof, and Christina Ramberg. The photographs show exhibition installations, gallery receptions, and individual artworks.

Biographical Historical Note

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, a non-profit organization presenting major shows by established and undiscovered artists, was founded 1915 to advance understanding and appreciation of art in all forms.

Additional Notes

A portion of this collection, covering 1965-1985, may eventually be donated to the Archives of American Art, which holds a related collection: The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago records, 1917-1981.

Related collections: Harold Haydon Papers, Chicago History Museum.