Roger Brown Study Collection

Roger Brown Study Collection The Roger Brown Study Collection (RBSC) is a house museum, special collection, and archive of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).
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The RBSC in a nutshell: The Roger Brown Study Collection (RBSC) is a house museum, special collection, and archive of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Located in the renowned artist and SAIC alumnus Roger Brown's former home and studio, the RBSC is an artists' museum featuring an astonishing range of objects including works by Chicago Imagists, self-taught artists, folk and tribal art and objects from material and popular culture, costumes, textiles, furniture, travel souvenirs, and a Ford Mustang in the garage––all of which were touchstones that fueled the intense and demanding work of being an artist. The building and collection function as a laboratory where students engage in many aspects of the care, organization, interpretation, and preservation of a vast collection of art and artifacts in a 19th century storefront building. The RBSC seeks to be a leader the genre of house museums in the 21st century, and is a member of the Historic Artists' Homes and Studios program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and At Home in Chicago, a network of Chicago-area house museums. The RBSC is open by appointment. Call or email, [email protected] 773. 929-2452

Elmhurst Art Museum
03/29/2020

Elmhurst Art Museum

With a heavy heart we share news about the passing of Suellen Rocca (1943-2020), a close collaborator and friend of the museum. The Elmhurst College curator was part of the widely recognized exhibition group the 'Hairy Who'. In 2018 we honored her with an award that read, "in grateful appreciation for your outstanding service as an artist, curator, educator, and creative leader in the western suburbs."
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Photo: courtesy Elmhurst College, Painting: Suellen Rocca, Palm Tree Lampshade c. 1969.

http://kavigupta.com/exhibition/roger-brown/Kavi Gupta presents Roger Brown: Hyperframe, an exhibition bringing together...
03/23/2020

http://kavigupta.com/exhibition/roger-brown/

Kavi Gupta presents Roger Brown: Hyperframe, an exhibition bringing together an unprecedented selection of multi-frame paintings by one of America’s greatest imagists.

A painting does not have to tell a story. It does not have to create a world. It is an image-object; it only has to speak for itself.

Yet, consider the multi-frame problem—a single painting compartmentalized into sections. In the multi-frame paradigm, each frame stands alone, yet also supports a sequence. When one image follows another, meaning is generated in the mind even when the images resist. The frames restrict the images at the same time as they invite them. It takes a confident and skilled artist to conjure myths and legends out of the vacant plazas of this enigmatic structure.

Raised on comic books and films when those mediums first dominated the storytelling landscape, Roger Brown (1941 – 1997) considered the multi-frame image essential to the American visual vernacular. Throughout his career, Brown returned often to the multi-frame structure, demonstrating how both the mightiest depths and pettiest shallows of our national drama could be revealed within its format, especially with the careful addition of text.

Roger Brown: Hyperframe is the first exhibition ever to focus precisely on this unique aspect of Brown’s practice. Bringing together ten large, multi-frame paintings, as well as works on paper and Brown’s personal sketchbooks, it offers a unique glimpse into Brown’s shrewd wit, as well as his masterful grasp of what author and theorist Thierry Groensteen describes as spatio-topical networks—defined story spaces in which localized conversations unfold. Groensteen coined the term “hyperframe” to describe a container for spatio-topical networks. The canvas of a multi-frame painting is a hyperframe, and the gallery, perhaps, an extended hyperframe—a container for containers. Ultimately, Brown’s multi-frame oeuvre suggests the entire modern world is a network of hyperframes, extending from the multitude of box-like windows, shining like yellow eyes, on the homes, cars, factories, and skyscrapers of his paintings, to our offices and bedrooms, our social media feeds and browser windows.

We perceive in these extraordinary multi-frame paintings Brown’s insistence that there is always a bigger story to tell. Kavi Gupta is proud to introduce audiences to this under-appreciated aspect of Brown’s work.

03/21/2020
Roger Brown: Hyperframe

Kavi Gupta presents Roger Brown: Hyperframe, an exhibition bringing together an unprecedented selection of multi-frame paintings by one of America's great under-explored artists.

Raised on comic books and films when those mediums first dominated the storytelling landscape, Roger Brown (1941 – 1997) considered the multi-frame image essential to the American visual vernacular. Throughout his career, Brown returned often to the multi-frame structure, demonstrating how both the mightiest depths and pettiest shallows of our national drama could be revealed within its format, especially with the careful addition of text.

Kavi Gupta presents Roger Brown: Hyperframe, an exhibition bringing together an unprecedented selection of multi-frame paintings by one of America’s greatest…

Left: "American Landscape with Revolutionary Heroes", Roger Brown, 1983, oil on canvas, 84 x 144 in.Right: "See No Evil"...
02/05/2020

Left: "American Landscape with Revolutionary Heroes", Roger Brown, 1983, oil on canvas, 84 x 144 in.

Right: "See No Evil", Roger Brown, 1990, oil on canvas, 36 x 36 in.

Happy Birthday Roger Brown! Born December 10, 1941.
12/10/2019

Happy Birthday Roger Brown! Born December 10, 1941.

Roger Brown - December 10, 1941 - November 22, 1997Family Mourning Tree, 1987, color woodcutRemembering Roger Brown, who...
11/22/2019

Roger Brown - December 10, 1941 - November 22, 1997
Family Mourning Tree, 1987, color woodcut

Remembering Roger Brown, whose work was (and is being) celebrated this year by Kavi Gupta (gallery and art fairs), Creative Cadences: The Art of Roger and Greg Brown, the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama (May 2 - November 3); Roger Brown: Virtual Still Lives, Museum of Arts and Design, NYC (May 2 - September 15); and Roger Brown, Venus Over Manhattan, NYC (November 12, 2019 - January 11, 2020); Theater of Operations: The Gulf War 1991-2011, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY (November 2, 2019 - March 1, 2020), and the Terra Foundation for American Art purchased Brown's iconic The Big Jolt, 1972.

A new Roger Brown exhibition opens at Venus Over Manhattan November 12 and runs through January 11. Don't miss it, and k...
11/06/2019

A new Roger Brown exhibition opens at Venus Over Manhattan November 12 and runs through January 11. Don't miss it, and keep an eye out for the catalog!

http://www.venusovermanhattan.com/exhibitions/roger-brown

Venus Over Manhattan is pleased to present an exhibition of work by Roger Brown, organized in collaboration with the Roger Brown Study Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Kavi Gupta. Comprising a large group of paintings that spans the breadth of his career, the presentation surveys the development of Brown’s production. In conjunction with the exhibition, the gallery will publish a catalogue featuring two new texts on the artist by Lisa Stone, Curator of the Roger Brown Study Collection, and Dan Nadel, Curator at Large, Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, UC Davis, as well as pages from Brown’s sketchbooks that relate to the works on view. The exhibition will be on view from November 12th, 2019 through January 11th, 2020.

Four Color Field Paintings Intersected by A Four Way Stop, Roger Brown, 1985, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches. #ChicagoIma...
10/08/2019

Four Color Field Paintings Intersected by A Four Way Stop, Roger Brown, 1985, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches. #ChicagoImagists #RogerBrown

In celebration of "Roger Brown: Virtual Still Lifes," MAD | Museum of Arts and Design will be hosting a symposium Saturd...
08/30/2019
Roger Brown: Theater of the Mind

In celebration of "Roger Brown: Virtual Still Lifes," MAD | Museum of Arts and Design will be hosting a symposium Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Participants include Julie Curtiss, Anthony Iaconok, Hein Koh, Shannon Stratton, Lisa Stone, and Lisa Wainwright.

Get tickets here: https://madmuseum.org/events/roger-brown-theater-mind

In celebration of Roger Brown: Virtual Still Lifes, MAD brings leading experts in Roger Brown scholarship together with contemporary artists for a multidisciplinary exploration of Brown’s work and ongoing influence. The symposium marks the publication of the exhibition's catalog, a limited edition...

"Roger Brown: Virtual Still Lifes" reviewed by Roberta Smith in the New York Times! Congrats to curator Shannon Stratton...
08/30/2019
The Keeper: Roger Brown, the Artist as Voracious Collector

"Roger Brown: Virtual Still Lifes" reviewed by Roberta Smith in the New York Times! Congrats to curator Shannon Stratton!

See the show before it closes September 15.

An idiosyncratic almost-retrospective at the Museum of Arts and Design looks at the Chicago Imagist’s late-career works.

"City Expanding," Roger Brown, 1989, oil on canvas, 48 x 72 inches. #RogerBrown #ChicagoImagists
08/22/2019

"City Expanding," Roger Brown, 1989, oil on canvas, 48 x 72 inches. #RogerBrown #ChicagoImagists

"The Devil's Surprise," Roger Brown, 1980, oil on canvas, 72 x 48 in. #RogerBrown #ChicagoImagists #religion #church #he...
05/24/2019

"The Devil's Surprise," Roger Brown, 1980, oil on canvas, 72 x 48 in.

#RogerBrown #ChicagoImagists #religion #church #heaven #hell #sex #alcohol

Open today! "Roger Brown: Virtual Still Lifes" at the MAD | Museum of Arts and Design. Curated by Shannon Stratton, the ...
05/02/2019
Roger Brown: Virtual Still Lifes

Open today! "Roger Brown: Virtual Still Lifes" at the MAD | Museum of Arts and Design. Curated by Shannon Stratton, the show runs through September 15. Do not miss it, and keep an eye out for its forthcoming publication!!
https://madmuseum.org/exhibition/roger-brown-0

Roger Brown: Virtual Still Lifes brings together, for the first time, a vast grouping of the artist’s “Virtual Still Life” paintings (1995–97) made near the end of his career. By positioning these works alongside others that highlight their development, including early paintings demonstrating his interest in the stage and installations conveying the centrality of collecting to his practice, the exhibition lays out Brown’s process through the objects he collected and the spaces he created for and with them. This will mark the first New York solo museum show devoted to Brown, arguably one of the most significant artists to emerge from Chicago in the twentieth century.

Known for his atmospheric paintings of architecture, landscapes, and simplified social dramas, Roger Brown (1941–1997) stylized an American “ambiance” influenced by the visual language of postwar advertising and film noir. His practice investigated the tension between illusionistic and “real” space, aestheticizing the national mood as one of artificiality and theatricality. Brown’s work is remarkable in its capacity to provide a sly, compact critique of American politics and society through the stunning use of color, rhythmic pattern, and compressed perspective. His vision of reality emerges as particularly compelling today, given the elevated tension between the virtual and the real brought on by the popular use of digital space as a site for socializing and self-mythologizing.

Throughout his life, Brown was a voracious collector; he amassed hundreds of thrift store and yard sale finds, from vernacular ceramics and kitsch objects to exceptional works of folk and visionary art, which he meticulously arranged and displayed in his studio and homes. His virtual still-life paintings eventually became a studio expression of his collecting and curating of found objects, moving from the tableaux he created in his surroundings to discrete works of art that married his passion for collecting with his groundbreaking approach to painting. To create the twenty-seven works in the “Virtual Still Life” series, Brown selected from nearly five hundred objects, primarily ceramic, and curated distinct arrangements on display shelves that extended from the frames of his moody land and skyscapes. In these “virtual” still lifes, the concrete and the pictorial blur to enshrine and celebrate real experience.

In addition to examples from this last, important series, Roger Brown: Virtual Still Lifes presents early paintings that set the stage for the artist’s dramatic landscapes made midcareer; painted objects that unite his collecting with his studio work; and curated arrangements from his live-work homes in La Conchita, California, and Chicago, Illinois. As such, it examines how collecting practices and theatrical concepts permeated and shaped Brown’s artistic process, culminating in the “Virtual Still Life” series.

The exhibition and its accompanying publication are produced in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Roger Brown: Virtual Still Lifes is curated by former MAD William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator Shannon R. Stratton with support from MAD Assistant Manager of Curatorial Affairs Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy and Roger Brown Study Collection Curator Lisa Stone.

Two major Roger Brown shows open this Thursday, May 2! "Roger Brown: Virtual Still Lifes," curated by Shannon Stratton, ...
04/29/2019
Roger Brown: Virtual Still Lifes

Two major Roger Brown shows open this Thursday, May 2!

"Roger Brown: Virtual Still Lifes," curated by Shannon Stratton, will be on view through September 15 at MAD | Museum of Arts and Design:
https://madmuseum.org/exhibition/roger-brown-0

"Creative Cadences: Works by Roger Brown and Greg Brown" will be on view through November 3 at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University
http://jcsm.auburn.edu/exhibition-celebrating-alabama-roots-of-brothers-roger-and-greg-brown-opening-may-2-at-auburn-museum/

Roger Brown: Virtual Still Lifes brings together, for the first time, a vast grouping of the artist’s “Virtual Still Life” paintings (1995–97) made near the end of his career. By positioning these works alongside others that highlight their development, including early paintings demonstratin...

Untitled, Roger Brown, 1968, watercolor, 7 x 6.75 inches. Roger made this painting the year he received his BFA and ente...
04/22/2019

Untitled, Roger Brown, 1968, watercolor, 7 x 6.75 inches. Roger made this painting the year he received his BFA and entered the MFA program at SAIC. His early theater interiors show the development of his mature painting style, and were made while he was studying with Ray Yoshida. #RogerBrown #ChicagoImagists #Theater

"Celebration of the Uncultivated--A Garden of the Wild," Roger Brown, 1980, oil on canvas, 60 x 120 in. #RogerBrown #Chi...
04/03/2019

"Celebration of the Uncultivated--A Garden of the Wild," Roger Brown, 1980, oil on canvas, 60 x 120 in. #RogerBrown #ChicagoImagists #Springtime

“Busy City Porno Strip,” Roger Brown, 1978, oil on canvas, 71 x 72 inches. #RogerBrown #ChicagoImagists
03/11/2019

“Busy City Porno Strip,” Roger Brown, 1978, oil on canvas, 71 x 72 inches. #RogerBrown #ChicagoImagists

"Under the Influence / An Important New Building By Mies Van Der Rhong", Roger Brown, 1985, oil on canvas, 72 x 48 in.
02/13/2019

"Under the Influence / An Important New Building By Mies Van Der Rhong", Roger Brown, 1985, oil on canvas, 72 x 48 in.

"Winter Breath," Roger Brown, 1976, oil on canvas, 72" x 48". #RogerBrown #ChicagoImagists #PolarVortex #ClimateChange
01/30/2019

"Winter Breath," Roger Brown, 1976, oil on canvas, 72" x 48". #RogerBrown #ChicagoImagists #PolarVortex #ClimateChange

Blizzard Crucifix, Roger Brown, 1975, oil on canvas with wooden frame, 30 3/4 x 18 1/4 in. #RogerBrown #ChicagoImagists ...
12/30/2018

Blizzard Crucifix, Roger Brown, 1975, oil on canvas with wooden frame, 30 3/4 x 18 1/4 in. #RogerBrown #ChicagoImagists #blizzard

"Expressionist Building—Are We Happy Now?" Roger Brown, 1986, oil on canvas, 36 x 24 in. #RogerBrown #ChicagoImagists #A...
12/18/2018

"Expressionist Building—Are We Happy Now?" Roger Brown, 1986, oil on canvas, 36 x 24 in. #RogerBrown #ChicagoImagists #AbstractExpressionism #architecture

Roger Brown, "Jesus Entering the Temples of Art (And he overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of thos...
12/12/2018

Roger Brown, "Jesus Entering the Temples of Art (And he overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those who sold pigeons and he said, “my house is a house of meditation but you make it a den of revelers.”)", 1988, oil on canvas, 48 x 72 inches.

#RogerBrown #ChicagoImagists

November 17, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the “False Image” exhibition that launched the careers of Roger Brown, C...
11/16/2018

November 17, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the “False Image” exhibition that launched the careers of Roger Brown, Christina Ramberg, Phil Hanson, and Eleanor Dube. We’ll be marking the occasion by sharing False Image exhibition content from our archives over the next few days with the hashtag #FalseImage50 on instagram.

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This image of Roger Brown, Christina Ramberg, and Phil Hanson was likely taken in the late 1960s when they were studying together at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Following in the footsteps of the artists showing in the “Hairy Who” exhibitions, the False Image show was organized by Don Baum and took place at the Hyde Park Art Center.

Also included are letters Roger Brown wrote to his parents as they planned the exhibition. He notes that the show will be reviewed in Art Forum and that the original title was “Image Group.” He also discusses the now iconic postcards they were planning to produce as exhibition ephemera.

#RogerBrown #ChristinaRamberg #PhilHanson #EleanorDube #FalseImage50

Twenty seven years ago on a summer day in 1991, the Roger Brown mosaic at 120 N. LaSalle St. was unveiled.RBSC staff mem...
11/16/2018

Twenty seven years ago on a summer day in 1991, the Roger Brown mosaic at 120 N. LaSalle St. was unveiled.

RBSC staff member Alessandra Norman (MFA 2019) did research in our archive on the development and unveiling of Brown's iconic mural. Read her insights here:
http://blogs.saic.edu/rbsc/2018/11/10/2142/

One day left to bid!You can live with a thing or things lovingly acquired by Roger Brown for his home in La Conchita, Ca...
11/14/2018
Property from the Roger Brown Collection at La Conchita, CA

One day left to bid!

You can live with a thing or things lovingly acquired by Roger Brown for his home in La Conchita, California and support the Roger Brown Study Collection!

Bid now ahead of the auction at 6:00pm CT Thursday, November 15.

https://www.lesliehindman.com/la-conchita-nov18

The Property from the Roger Brown Collection at La Conchita, California sale will be conducted November 15 at 6pm CT in our Chicago office.

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