N.A.M.E. Gallery was an artist-run gallery started in Chicago in 1973 and ran uninterrupted for more than twenty years—many of the organizers and artists shown were alumni of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In that time hundreds, maybe thousands of artists showed their work there. The gallery provided a discursive space for experimental work, younger artists, and voices not heard in the mainstream Chicago scene, or just gave vent genuine oddballs and visionaries. N.A.M.E Gallery was always run by artists for artists. Throughout its history the gallery featured scores of performances, films, dance, videos, and other live works. People hung out there. They had fights there, met future mates, enemies, and colleagues there.
We need you.
Did you show your work at N.A.M.E. Gallery?
Were you a member or on the board?
What work did you show? When?
Did you perform there?
What and when did you perform?
Did you play music?
Did you show films or videos there?
Did you curate a show?
Do you have pictures or posters or mailers or articles or anything?
If so we’re compiling a history of N.A.M.E Gallery—of everyone who ever showed there or had anything to do with the space. Lend your memories. Tell us about your involvement with the gallery back then. Share anything. Tell all. Tell us about your career now. Tell us about what you did and what you do. Tell us what your life-in-art turned out to be, even if it wasn’t in art.