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Joseph Hanc N.A.M.E. Gallery records

Identifier: Midwest-MS-Hanc

Scope and Content of the Collection

Administrative and publicity materials from Joseph Hanc, an active member of N.A.M.E. Gallery during the 1990s. The collection documents programming, staff, fundraising, development, and committee work of the gallery. Includes meeting minutes and agendas, memos, event planning materials, promotional materials, and Hanc’s own notes. Executive Directors during this time period included Irene Tsatsos, Karen Burstein, Marguerite Perret, and Laszlo Sulyok. Also includes a few items related to Hanc’s involvement with MoMing Dance and Arts Center.


  • Creation: 1976-1997
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1992 - 1996



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Joseph Hanc N.A.M.E. Gallery records are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Joseph Hanc N.A.M.E. Gallery records are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

History of N.A.M.E. Gallery

Chicago artists’ organization and noncommercial gallery.

Founded in 1973 by School of the Art Institute of Chicago alumni, N.A.M.E. was a not-for-profit artists’ organization that described themselves in the 1990s as “[encouraging] artists’ critical investigations of a range of contemporary cultural issues through a program of exhibitions, time arts events, and educational activities.” The gallery sought to be a public service organization to artists as well as the larger community and hosted a number of artistic mediums including performance, experimental sound and music, film and video, as well as painting, sculpture, and photography.

During the 1990s, N.A.M.E. was located at 799 North Carpenter Street, and in 1993 moved to 1255 South Wabash Avenue in Chicago. In 1996, a number of issues including financial struggles led to the resignation of the Time Arts Committee members, and N.A.M.E. closed by February 1997.

Hanc describes his time at N.A.M.E. as follows: “I was solicited onto the ‘Time Arts’ board in 1992 by Lynn Book, a board member who then left for NYC (then North Carolina, then NYC again). I was with N.A.M.E. Time Arts (performance art) until gallery shut down. I participated in move from Chicago/Milwaukee area to South Loop. I was there through 3 boards and 3 general managers. Time Arts was always a ‘red headed step child’ and received less money than visual/graphic/plastic arts. Even when we organized our own fund raiser, board took earning and gave them to visual arts. We gave up and shut down the entire time arts group. I attended the final fundraiser a few weeks later; board closed N.A.M.E. a few weeks after that.”


0.6 Linear Feet (2 boxes)


Non-profit Chicago artists' organization and gallery, founded in 1973, that encouraged the exploration of contemporary issues through exhibitions, performance, and educational activities. Materials collected by N.A.M.E. Gallery member Joseph Hanc, records document programming, staff, fundraising, development, and committee work of the gallery.


Materials arranged alphabetically. Events arranged chronologically.

Collection Stack Location

1 20 7


Gift, Joseph Robert Hanc, 2018.

Processed by

Catherine Grandgeorge, 2021.

Inventory of the Joseph Hanc N.A.M.E. Gallery records, 1976-1997, bulk 1992-1996
Catherine Grandgeorge
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States