Interview with Special Collections Librarian



Few places took performance art as seriously as RSG. There was absolute freedom to create the art you wanted to create. – Brendan deVallance
Randolph Street Gallery


Randolph Street Gallery
Randolph Street Gallery Archives Project
About Us

What is Randolph Street Gallery?

Randolph Street Gallery (RSG) was an experimental, non-traditional artist run space in Chicago for over 20 years. It’s programming included visual art exhibitions, performance art, and community outreach programs. The gallery had a phenomenal impact on the art community of Chicago, spurning the careers of many artists to national and international recognition. To learn more about the early days of RSG click "here".
What are the Randolph Street Gallery Archives?
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago acquired the archives of Randolph Street Gallery, upon its closing. The archives are part of the Special Collections of the John M. Flaxman Library. Unfortunately, the archives are currently stored in the basement. The Library is actively engaged in raising the funds needed to preserve and present the archives to the community of SAIC and the general public. Click on “footage” for a peek at the current state of the archives.