Exhibitions & Events

The Strange Case of Henry Darger

Two Performances!
August 8, 7pm
August 9, 7pm

Tickets: $10 / $8 Intuit Member

Henry Darger

© Kiyoko Lerner, courtesy Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York

Back by popular request! Join us for the next stage in the development of the new and improved stage play The Strange Case of Henry Darger, written by the BBC producer Judith Kampfner.

Rolling bandages and cleaning in a hospital may be the daily routine for Henry Darger, but it is not his real life. Exploding into action when he opens the door to the room that he rents on Chicago’s North Side, it’s here that Darger devises the epic landscape of a gigantic planet where times can be golden or brutally dark. His world within the room becomes more animated as his idea for a story shapes and his confidence grows. As he paints and writes, he becomes less involved in the outside world. Never having much connection with the people around him, they begin to sense that he has checked out and they start to turn on him. They become suspicious, nervous and angry while Darger feels more and more alone, pulled into his fantasy.

This event is a staged reading starring Troy West as Henry Darger and is directed by David Kersnar, both members of the Tony award winning Lookingglass Theatre.

8/8/14: Intuit Member 8/8/14: Non-Member
8/9/14: Intuit Member 8/9/14: Non-Member

DIY Workshop: Paint Your Pet Portrait

August 9, 2014
1-4pm

$50 / $45 Intuit Member

Paint your PetArtist Katie Romans of Forever Furry will lead you in a workshop as you 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 just bring a clear photo of your pet.

Intuit Member Non-Member

Film Screening: Other People’s Pictures

August 21, 2014
6:30pm

$8 / $5 Intuit Members

Other People's PicturesIn conjunction with Lost and Found: The Search for Harry and Edna, Intuit proudly presents a special screening of Other People’s Pictures. Nine obsessive collectors share an unlikely addiction: snapshots that have been abandoned or lost by their original owners and are now for sale. The film is set at New York City’s Chelsea Flea Market where, every weekend, dozens of collectors sift doggedly through piles, boxes and bins of cast-off photos, ready to pay anywhere from a few cents to hundreds of dollars for a single snapshot. They hunt for the images that feed their fantasies and quiet the voices in their heads.

See what they find and learn why they want it in this surprising look at the little-known world of vintage snapshot collecting.

Intuit Member Non-Member

Gallery Talk: Past Perfect

September 13, 2014
1pm

Free and open to the public

Eileen Doman, Self Portrait

Self Portrait in Limousine, 1996, Louis-Dreyfus Family Collection

Join us for a gallery walk and discussion of Past Perfect: The Art of Eileen Doman. Led by exhibition curator Kevin Cole, we’ll learn from the artist where her inspiration comes from and how she pursues her “irresistible urge to paint.”

Film Screening: The Vivian Maier Mystery

July 24, 2014
7pm

$10 / $8 Intuit Members

Vivian Maier Mystery

Click the image to watch the trailer.

This fascinating documentary uncovers the life of Vivian Maier, a nanny working in New York and Chicago who, unbeknownst to many, had a secret passion for photography. When she died in 2009 at the age of 83, she left behind thousands of photographs and undeveloped rolls of film that were discovered by several collectors at a Chicago auction house. Maier’s incredible body of work now lives on and establishes her as one of the century’s master street photographers. The Vivian Maier Mystery uncovers the story behind the woman behind the camera. A FilmBuff presentation of a BBC Production, runtime: 50 minutes.

A Q&A session will follow the film featuring: Executive Producer, Jeffrey Kurz; Chicago author, Rich Cahan; and president of Vivian Maier Prints Inc., Jeffrey Goldstein.

This event is SOLD OUT!

Past Perfect: The Art of Eileen Doman

July 11 - September 27, 2014

Curated by Kevin Cole

Lil, Harry and Doris Scene I and II by Eileen Doman

Lil, Harry and Doris Scene I and II by Eileen Doman, 1992, Acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20 inches (each), Collection of Ellen Hoover and Chas Ray Krider

In 1993, Eileen Doman found herself restless. A suburban housewife whose daughter had just begun school, she decided to take up painting. Having no formal training, she drew inspiration from the works of Amedeo Modigliani and Vincent van Gogh, remembering them from a fieldtrip to the Art Institute at age 15. Doman turned to photographs for subjects – painting relatives, friends, and the occasional pop culture celebrity – captured in time on canvas.

Steve Buscemi by Eileen Doman

Steve Buscemi by Eileen Doman, Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 20 inches, Collection of Kimberly Carlson

In a short time, Doman had amassed a large body of work. She joined a local art league which opened doors to exhibitions in Chicago and L.A. By 1994, she was featured at the Outsider Art Fair in New York and was given a solo exhibition at the Ricco/Maresca Gallery later that same year. Doman had become an overnight sensation. She was featured on the CBS television program, Face to Face with Connie Chung and in 2001, the Whitney Museum of American Art acquired her painting, Young Ida.

During this new career, Doman found that maintaining a place in the public eye was challenging and retreated to her painting. Doman worked from the hundreds of collected photographs, creating artistic records of Ida Bell, her stoic, beloved and belated grandmother from rural Kentucky; her mother, Lillian, at age 16 already married and a mother; uncles posed with shiny cars that belonged to others. Time passes, but Doman captures a candid quirkiness that turns ordinary people and events into artistic records of Americana.

Now, more than 20 years later, Intuit is proud to welcome this extraordinary painter back to Chicago. Doman’s art, captured through the prism of a modern primitive style and witty intelligence, often presents unanswered questions, offers a quirky glimpse at the past, and provides an artistic satisfaction that is enduring.

Chicago Centric at Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival

June 27-29, 2014

June 27: 5-10pm
June 28 & 29: 12-10pm

Untitled (Woman in Red & Yellow) by Betty Zakoian

Untitled (Woman in Red & Yellow) by Betty Zakoian, n.d., 22 x 16 in. Gift of the Zakoian Family

Come visit Intuit’s pop-up exhibition, Chicago Centric, at this year’s Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival. This exhibition will highlight a number of self-taught and outsider artists who have impacted Chicago with their art such as Lee Godie, Wesley Willis and Joseph Yoakum.

In addition to the exhibition, we will be hosting two free art activities: Upcycle for Green Outsider Style on Saturday, June 28 from 1-4pm and Cardboard Switching Challenge on Sunday, June 29 from 1-2pm.

A celebration of the art, music and culture in Logan Square, the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival takes place along Milwaukee Avenue from Kedzie Avenue to the intersection of Diversey and Kimball avenues. Intuit’s gallery space will be located at 2645 N. Milwaukee Avenue.

DIY Workshop: Show Me Mosaic

June 21, 2014
10am-4pm

$100 / $85 Intuit Members

MosaicShow Me Mosaic is a mixed level mosaic experience for beginners and experienced mosaic artists interested in learning cutting, nipping, and fine tuning your mosaic design. Instructor Jeanne Walker from the SoBu Artist Project will teach you how to create your very own mosaic mirror and share ideas for other mosaic friendly patterns. All tools, supplies, vitreous glass and mirror will be provided. Please bring any found materials (buttons, jewelry with a flat side, broken or found patterned plates) you wish to use to personalize your piece. 

Photography: In the Vernacular

June 19, 2014
6:30pm

Free with gallery admission.

In recent years, artists, collectors, and art institutions have taken a particular interest in re-purposing found imagery created by ordinary people. Found photographs of everyday subjects provide fragments of information that ask us to use our imaginations to fill in the missing gaps in the story. What social and cultural conditions have created such an interest in using the images made by others to tell a story about the world we live in? Why use the specific as a lens for the broad? Why do these images often become Rorschach tests, seeming to reveal our own perceptual processes, lifelong assumptions and prejudices?

A panel of curators and artists will examine these questions through the rising use of vernacular photography as a point of discussion. Panelists include: Allison Grant, Chicago-based writer, artist, and assistant curator at the Museum of Contemporary Photography; Jeff Phillips, photographer, advisor to Filter Photo Festival and curator of Lost and Found; and Greg Harris, assistant curator at DePaul Art Museum and curator of Art Institute of Chicago’s special exhibit In the Vernacular. Pepper Kelly, Managing Director of Filter Photo and Executive Director of Latitude Chicago, will moderate the panel discussion.

Opening Reception & Cardboard Challenge Activity

June 7, 2014
1-4pm

Free and open to the public

Cardboard ChallengeDuring the Teacher Fellowship Program Exhibition reception, CodeCreate will lead young people in a Cardboard Switching Challenge inspired by the Imagination Foundation. Learn how to build simple animals, objects or machines out of cardboard which can then trigger a digital response via a uniquely written program. Lamps light! Rocket Ships Roar! Lions Growl! Participants are also invited to continue building with hundreds of youth throughout Chicago and around the world at the Global Cardboard Challenge in Chicago.

CodeCreate provides technology education workshops to youth and educators and combines years of experience in art, design and youth work from experience with the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network, Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development, gallery exhibition and engineering theory.

Refreshments and all art supplies will be provided.