Roger Brown Study Collection

All November 2022 appointments have been filled, and the RBSC will be closed from December 2022 to Summer 2023 for construction.

While we cannot offer class visits during construction, we have a virtual tour, recorded lectures, and videos that help engage with the collections remotely through Canvas. Additionally, James Connolly, the collection manager, and the team of student workers can also visit classes in person or remotely to provide an overview of the RBSC. Staff will also be able to support other research and study requests through database access to all digitized collections. Email rbsc@saic.edu to inquire about an on-campus class visit during the spring 2023 semester.

For non-Chicago academic, curatorial, or art historical researchers, remote research appointments via zoom are available on a limited basis for specific projects and inquiries. Email rbsc@saic.edu to make a request or general inquiry.

SAIC faculty can access the Roger Brown Study Collection canvas page, which offers resources for remote learning. Lectures, films and videos, readings/bibliographies, and more are available. We will be adding to these pages regularly, so check back often!

All November 2022 appointments have been filled, and the RBSC will be closed from December 2022 to Summer 2023 for construction.

While we cannot offer in-person visits during this time, staff will be able to support research requests through database access to our digitized collections. Research inquiries can be made to rbsc@saic.edu, and remote research appointments will be available via email. 

For those wishing to explore the collection from home, we have launched a full virtual tour of the RBSC, allowing individuals to experience the museum remotely.

The Roger Brown Study Collection will be closed from December 2022 to Summer 2023 as a long-planned renovation project on the first floor is completed. The work includes making the first-floor restroom ADA accessible, workspaces more efficient, and bringing storage spaces up to archival standards to preserve our collections. Construction will be completed by the summer, and we'll be able to welcome the community back into the RBSC before the fall semester begins.

We apologize for not being able to accommodate visits during this time.

We have launched a full virtual tour of the RBSC, allowing individuals to experience the museum remotely!

SAIC faculty and students can access the Roger Brown Study Collection canvas page with resources for remote learning. Resources include lectures, films and videos, readings and bibliographies, links to our digital collections and tutorials on how to use them, and more. We will be adding to these resources regularly, so check back often!

Take a deep dive into the Roger Brown artworks online database, where you’ll be astonished by Brown’s extraordinary output, from the mid-1960s to 1997.

Need more? Explore Roger Brown sketchbooks. These may inspire you to grab pen and paper and draw. The sketchbooks provide intriguing insights into Brown’s thinking/working process and are just plain beautiful.

How about an exploration of the RBSC through a Surrealist lens? Or, waltz through All the Flowers in the RBSC. This and other videos on our Vimeo channel will give you sneak peeks into specific wonders of the Collection.

Are super 8 home movies your thing? Check out Roger Brown Presents on our YouTube channel. Walk through the collection with Roger Brown, in the Roger Brown Walkthrough. 

Check out the albums in the RBSC Flickr site. Brown hit the road and documented vernacular landscapes with keen radar and a trained eye. We recommend starting with the album Objects, signs, window displays etc. – a virtual road trip guaranteed to astound.  

Resources
RBSC blog
Roger Brown artworks online database
Roger Brown sketchbooks online database
RBSC Vimeo
RBSC YouTube
RBSC keyhole video tour
Roger Brown video walk through
RBSC Flickr image database
Commingled Histories in Roger Brown's Bedroom video lecture by Lisa Stone

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