2018 Events

Closet Clearance Sale 2018

April 20-22, 2018
VIP First Dibs: Friday, April 20, 6-8 p.m. (Free for donors, $20 for non-donors)
Closet Clearance Sale: Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Free and open to the public)
Half-Price Sale: Sunday, April 22, 12-3 p.m. (Free and open to the public)
Intuit, 756 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
 

Intuit's annual Closet Clearance Sale includes thousands of new, vintage and gently-used women’s clothing and accessory items donated from Chicago's best closets and designers!

The best part? 100% of the proceeds directly support Intuit’s exhibitions, programming and educational events that celebrate outsider art.

This event is happening on the second floor of our building, while simultaneously on our first floor, there will be incredible outsider artworks for purchase in an Outsider Art Pop Up Sale, as well. Come shop for your walls and your wardrobe, all in the same weekend at Intuit.


Collectors Art Pop Up Sale

Friday, April 20, 2018 from 5-8 p.m.
Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Open to the public
Intuit, 756 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago

Intuit is hosting a collectors sale, where you can find works by Lee Godie, Howard Finster, Wesley Willis and many more incredible artists collected over the years by Intuit members! A percentage of the sales will go toward Intuit, helping the museum continue to exhibit powerful outsider art, offer engaging educational programs and cultivate creative arts interest in Chicago youth.

This event is happening on the first floor of our building, while, simultaneously on our second floor, there will be thousands of women's clothing and accessories for sale in the annual Closet Clearance Sale, as well. Come shop for your walls and your wardrobe, all in the same weekend at Intuit.


 Dog portrait by Katie Romans

Dog portrait by Katie Romans

Saturday, April 14, 2018
1-4 p.m.
$30 General Admission
$25 Intuit Members
Advance registration required
Intuit, 756 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
 

Teaching artist Katie Romans will lead you in a workshop as you learn to create a colorful painted portrait of your furry loved one. Step-by-step instructions for beginners will be available and experienced painters are encouraged to explore their personal style and practice different techniques. All supplies are included. Please bring a clear photo of your pet!


 Work from a past Form and Features event at Intuit

Work from a past Form and Features event at Intuit

Thursday, April 12, 2018
6-8 p.m.
at Intuit, 756 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
Free via Eventbrite
 

Join us for a poetry discussion and workshop led by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. In celebration of Intuit’s exhibition Stephen Warde Anderson: Attention to Detail, we will read and discuss poetry dedicated to popular culture. After engaging with the exhibit, participants will compose original poems that celebrate, investigate, and challenge pop culture figures and aesthetics.


Opening Reception: To Be Seen and Heard

 Prophet William J. Blackmon (American, 1921-2010). The Family Path of the Whole Earth to Heaven (detail), n.d. Latex and enamel paint on plywood. Milwaukee Art Museum, Gift of the artist. M1988.179

Prophet William J. Blackmon (American, 1921-2010). The Family Path of the Whole Earth to Heaven (detail), n.d. Latex and enamel paint on plywood. Milwaukee Art Museum, Gift of the artist. M1988.179

Thursday, March 22, 2018
5-8 p.m.
at Intuit, 756 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
 

Help us celebrate the opening of To Be Seen and Heard! This exhibition showcases five often under-recognized Wisconsin outsider artists. The reception is free and open to everyone! Please bring yourself and your friends to enjoy art, refreshments and mingling. Learn more about the exhibition: http://www.art.org/to-be-seen-and-heard


Telling Your Story: Creating Collages with Della Wells

Saturday, March 3, 2018
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
$25 General Tickets
$20 Intuit & LUMA Members Ticket
Intuit, 756 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago

 Della Wells, "Mambo Washday"

Della Wells, "Mambo Washday"

In partnership with Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) in conjunction with its exhibition Her Story, My Dreams: The Images of Della Wells (on view February 6–June 2, 2018), Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art is proud to welcome self-taught Milwaukee-based artist Della Wells for a collage workshop. Driven by personal narratives, political struggles and imaginary stories, Wells’ colorful collage works reflect her interest in African American history, gender studies and theology.

In this make-and-take workshop, Wells will help you tell your own story through collage. Participants will enjoy a hands-on session in an informal creative setting with instruction on process, narrative storytelling, materials and techniques.

All supplies included, though attendees are encouraged to bring papers, fabric remnants or other pieces they would like to incorporate into their collage. Light refreshments will be provided. Advance registration required.


Thursday, March 1, 2018
7 p.m.
at Intuit, 756 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
Free via Eventbrite


What is the link between psychological states and the creative process? Is there a relationship between psychosis and the artistic impulse? Between Madness and Art examines these issues through the story of Dr. Hans Prinzhorn (1886-1933), a German student of psychiatry and art history, and an early recognizer of outsider art. Intuit is hosting this screening in conjunction with Rare Nest Gallery's exhibition Otto Neumann: Modern Degenerate.


Saturday, February 24, 2018
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
$30 General Ticket
$25 Intuit Member Ticket
Intuit, 756 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
This workshop was cancelled due to low enrollment. We hope to reschedule in the future.


In conjunction with its current exhibition In the Land of Pasaquan: The Story of Eddie Owens Martin (on view through March 11, 2018), Intuit welcomes Chicago-based jewelry artist Paula Addington for a jewelry making workshop.

Eddie Owens Martin (1908-1986), also known as St. EOM, was the creator of Pasaquan and a visionary artist influenced by many artistic traditions--Mesoamerican, African, and eastern art—which are reflected in the original drawings, sculptures, paintings, regalia and jewelry on view at Intuit.

Paula Addington’s artistic necklaces are known for their bold, colorful and dramatic flair. In this make-and-take workshop, Addington will help you create your own vibrant beaded necklaces, pendants and other items inspired by the flamboyant spirit and bright colors in the works of Eddie Owens Martin.

Participants will enjoy a hands-on session in an informal creative setting with instruction on process, materials and techniques. All supplies are included, though attendees are encouraged to bring any pendants or other materials they would like to incorporate into their jewelry. Light refreshments will be provided. Advance registration required.


Saturday, February 10, 2018
2 p.m.
Intuit, 756 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
Free via Eventbrite


Pasaquan Director Michael McFalls will discuss Eddie Martin's early years in New York City as a "midnight cowboy-style" street hustler, and other eccentric ways he made ends meet. Eddie's first Pasaquoyan visions will be explained, including how those visions led to his transformation to the self-anointed St. EOM, which eventually influenced him to move back home to Georgia.

McFalls will present photos of St. EOM's Pasaquan, discuss his process and explain how the images that he created are infused with his early experiences in New York and his interest in ancient civilizations. The discussion will end by covering Eddie's death, the Kohler Foundation restoration of the Pasaquan site in 2015 and the rebirth of Pasaquan since Columbus State University has taken ownership.


Artist and Curator Q&A and Opening Reception for Stephen Warde Anderson: Attention to Detail

Friday, January 26
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Artist/Curator Q&A Discussion at 7 p.m.
Intuit
756 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
Free and open to the public

Please join the Intuit community at the museum Friday, Jan. 26 for an open house reception celebration for our exhibition, Stephen Warde Anderson: Attention to Detail. The artist himself, Stephen Warde Anderson, will be present at the exhibition’s opening to mingle with attendees and chat about his works.

Anderson will also engage with one of the show's curators, Mike Noland, in a Q&A discussion at 7 p.m.

There will be free refreshments available for guests to enjoy!

About Stephen Warde Anderson, and the exhibiton:

After attending University of Chicago for one year, then serving in the United States Navy for four years, Rockford, Ill., native Stephen Warde Anderson decided he’d spend the rest of his life creating things.

His nontraditional route to uncovering his artistic talents, as well the fact that his skills are entirely self-taught, make Anderson’s work all the more astonishing. Stephen Warde Anderson: Attention to Detail captures the pointillist techniques he employed in his earliest works.

Anderson began his foray into the art world through charcoal and pencil drawings, and then graduated on to painting through the development of his own methods for production, such as mixing tempera with his own saliva. He also fashioned flexible stylus instruments from small cut pieces of whipped cream containers, which he used alongside sewing needles to create tiny paint dots and striations.

Anderson’s art is heavily concentrated in portraits of film stars, famous women, and historical subjects. Intuit will be showcasing more than 30 of these paintings, two never-before-seen by the public.  “Attention to Detail" pulls together many of Anderson’s original pieces from a variety of private collections.

This exhibition focuses primarily on the naissance of Anderson’s career as an artist, during which time his portraits stand out as remarkably meticulous. Anderson’s first paintings took well over a year each for him to finish, speaking to his intense attention to detail, as reflected in the show’s title.


Thursday, January 18: Early access 2-6 p.m.; Vernissage 6-9 p.m.
Friday, January 19: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday, January 20: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday, January 21: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street
New York, NY


Intuit is excited to return to Outsider Art Fair New York for its twenty-sixth year. The Fair will feature more than 60 galleries from nine countries, including eight first-time exhibitors, showing work by self-taught artists from their respective regions.

We will be selling Intuit's original publications at the Fair. Stop by our booth and say hello!


 Eddie Owens Martin/St. EOM (American, 1908-1986). Untitled, n.d. Gouache on paper, 11.75 x 16 in. Image courtesy of LaGrange Art Museum

Eddie Owens Martin/St. EOM (American, 1908-1986). Untitled, n.d. Gouache on paper, 11.75 x 16 in. Image courtesy of LaGrange Art Museum

Friday, January 5
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Intuit
756 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
Free and open to the public


Please join us for a night of celebrating the opening of our exhibition, In the Land of Pasaquan: The Story of Eddie Owens Martin. There will be complimentary refreshments for all, and tons of exciting artwork to enjoy!

Special guests: the poets of Poems While You Wait will be at the museum, typewriters and all, ready to create custom-made, original poems for reception attendees.

About Eddie Owens Martin, and the exhibition:

Eddie Owens Martin (1908-1986), who, in his later years, referred to himself as St. EOM, was the creator of Pasaquan. This visionary artist, who had no formal training, reveled in the intuitive creative art process. St. EOM was influenced by many artistic traditions, including Mesoamerican, African, and eastern art, but the content of his work was constructed from utopian visions.

Pasaquan is a seven-acre art environment that consists of six major structures, more than 900 feet of painted masonry fence, painted totems, decorative walkways, sculptures, and other art and artifacts in southwest Georgia’s Marion County. Pasaquan is considered among the most important visionary art environments in the United States. Nearly 30 years after the artist’s death—long after the brightly painted masonry had begun to fade literally and figuratively—the Kohler Foundation, the Pasaquan Preservation Society and Columbus State University partnered to bring this extraordinary art environment back to life.

This exhibition features a large selection of never-before-seen original drawings, sculptures, paintings, regalia, adornments and other examples of art by St. EOM. Through the use of original art, informational text panels, and vintage and contemporary photographs, this colorful exhibit tells the incredible story of the life of the creator of Pasaquan.

In the Land of Pasaquan: The Story of Eddie Owens Martin originated from the LaGrange Art Museum, and is made available by the courtesy of Columbus State University, Columbus State University Foundation, Inc., Pasaquan in Buena Vista, Georgia, and through a gift by the Kohler Foundation, Inc. 

Curated by Fred C. Fussell