Exhibitions & Events

Face Time with Doc Atomic

February 21, 2015

$40 / $35 Intuit Members
Lunch is included.

Doc Atomic headSteve Thoma, aka Doc Atomic, will demonstrate his methods for creating sculpture from found and salvaged objects. Using a Styrofoam head as a base, Doc Atomic will show you all the tricks to making your own unique bust.

Lunch and all supplies will be provided, but please feel free to bring materials to add to your own unique sculpture.

Intuit Member Non-Member

Puppet Making with Blair Thomas

March 21, 2015

$35 / $30 Intuit Members

Blair Thomas PuppetLed by Blair Thomas, this all-ages workshop introduces basic puppet construction primarily using found object materials. The animistic spirit inhabits all material objects, and this workshop discovers these energies of distinct objects through design and performance. Participants will create a single table-top style puppet, exploring the basic relationship between puppetry design and puppetry performance.

All supplies are included, but feel free to bring found objects of interest.

Intuit Member Non-Member

Ordinary into the Extraordinary: A Day with David Philpot

April 25, 2015

$40 / $35 Intuit Members
Lunch is included.

Staff by David PhilpotDetroit-based artist David Philpot, formerly of Chicago and maker of intricately hand-carved and embellished staffs, will lead this special hands-on workshop. Participants will be able to embellish an item they bring or be inspired by David’s staffs to create a miniature staff or ping pong paddle. All “embellishment” materials will be included, but bring broken jewelry items to be re-purposed and incorporated into your piece. Please join us for what will be a journey in art making!

Intuit Member Non-Member

Mr. Imagination Paintbrush People

January 24, 2015

$12 / $10 Intuit Members

Paintbrush Lipstick Lady

Lipstick Lady by Mr. Imagination, 2000, Mixed media, Collection of Sherry Siegel and Robert Alter

Please join artist and former folk art dealer Charlie Heinrich for a fun, family-friendly workshop paying tribute to Mr. Imagination’s iconic image of paintbrush people. Taking inspiration from Welcome to the World of Mr. Imagination, we will construct people using paint brushes, plaster, recycled materials and paint to make regal sculptures.

All supplies will be provided and all ages are welcome.

This class is full.

Celebrate MLK Jr. Day at Intuit

January 19, 2015

Join Intuit for special open hours on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Enjoy free admission for you and your family while you explore our newest exhibition Welcome to the World of Mr. Imagination.

Curator’s Talk with Martha Henry

January 10, 2015

Free and open to the public

Intuit welcomes you to explore The World of Mr. Imagination with curator Martha Henry who will walk the viewers through this retrospective exhibition of one of Chicago’s most extraordinary artists. Ms. Henry will discuss the artist’s life and work with an emphasis on his themes and materials followed by a slide show presentation of his remarkable studio and various environments.

Welcome to the World of Mr. Imagination

January 9 - April 25, 2015

Curated by Martha Henry

Mr I Paintbrush Head

Untitled (portrait paint brush head), Collection of Intuit, Gift of Dorianne and John Venator, 2010.9.2

Intuit is proud to announce the first Chicago retrospective for Mr. Imagination (Gregory Warmack, 1948-2012), a celebrated artist whose career spanned more than thirty years.

The third of nine children, Warmack was born in Chicago in 1948. Growing up on Chicago’s Southside, he spent his free time in his early years making jewelry, decorative objects and other small works from found objects for spending money. In 1978, he was mugged, shot and left to die. During his recovery he had an out of body experience that led him to dedicate himself to a new regenerative art for the people and began to call himself “Mr. Imagination.”

In the mid 1980s he had the first of many exhibitions at Carl Hammer Gallery in Chicago, IL, which lead to a series of exhibitions and commissions, including several House of Blues venues. Mr. Imagination quickly became a nationally recognized public artist. Following the death of his brother in 1997, Warmack moved in 2001 to Bethlehem, PA, where he continued to produce. In 2008, while he was working on a commission in Florida, Warmack’s home, gallery, collections and art studio were gutted by a fire. Following the fire, Warmack relocated to northwest Atlanta, GA. In his process to heal from the loss of his home and art, he began to incorporate the surviving burned pieces into new sculptures. Mr. Imagination passed away in May of 2012.

Photo © Link Harper, Philadelphia

The exhibition title is taken from a hand-painted sign that hung in the artist’s Chicago studio and reflects the curator’s intention to present a survey of the artist’s career. Telling the story not only of his life in Chicago, included are early experimental pieces, his signature bottle cap work, as well as some of his last works which utilized remnants from the 2008 fire.

Flamboyant and charismatic, Mr. Imagination attracted many photographers who captured him at his home and studio throughout his lifetime. Intuit’s Study Gallery will feature an exhibition of photographs of Mr. Imagination taken by Ron Gordon, dimitre, Link Harper, Cheri Eisenberg and others, as well as a virtual tour of the artist’s last studio in Atlanta by dimitre.

A Jan Terri Christmas

December 20, 2014

$5 Suggested Donation

Singer/songwriter and viral video legend Jan Terri has been entertaining audiences for decades with her special brand of DIY pop. Join us for a night of celebration featuring the premiere of Terri’s latest, never-before-seen music video of Ave Maria performed as a dance number! Chicago’s underground music fans will enjoy a video retrospective, special guest Dorian Taj performing Terri Classics, and a meet and greet with Terri via live video link.

Originally from Chicago, Terri graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 1983 and worked as a limousine driver for 14 years. Terri has performed throughout Chicago, including opening for Marilyn Manson at the Aragon in 1998, the WGN Morning News and was featured on The Daily Show in 2000.

Film Screening: Hairy Who and the Chicago Imagists

December 11, 2014

$8 / $5 Intuit Members

Hairy Who & the Chicago Imagists

Click the image to view the trailer.

In the mid-1960s, the city of Chicago was an incubator for an iconoclastic group of young artists. Collectively known as the Imagists, they showed in successive waves of exhibitions with monikers that might have been psychedelic rock bands of the era – Hairy Who, Nonplussed Some, False Image, Marriage Chicago Style. Kissing cousins to the contemporaneous international phenomenon of Pop Art, Chicago Imagism took its own weird, wondrous, in-your-face tack. Variously pugnacious, puerile, scatological, graphic, comical, and absurd, it celebrated a very different version of ‘popular’ from the detached cool of New York, London and Los Angeles. Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists is the first film to tell their wild, woolly, utterly irreverent story.

Following the screening, Lisa Stone will talk with Imagist artists Barbara Rossi and Philip Hanson about their engagement with works by self taught and folk artists, and objects from popular culture––an interest shared by many Imagist artists. Lisa Stone is curator of the Roger Brown Study Collection and adjunct associate professor, both at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Online ticketing is now closed. Please arrive early if you’d like to purchase a ticket at the door.

Visionary Craft: Bookbinding

December 6, 2014

$25 / $20 Intuit Member

Regin Igloria will teach you basic bookbinding techniques that can be applied to a variety of projects. Students will start by making a book using only one sheet of paper, then move into variations of pamphlets. The final book will be a combination of the previous books and will be made from found and recyclable materials. Participants will also be introduced to journal/sketching exercises using collage as well as wet and dry media. Perfect for beginners or those with very limited bookbinding experience. All supplies will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own source materials to incorporate into your new books.

Regin Igloria maintains a studio practice which revolves around teaching and serving as an arts administrator. He teaches studio courses at Marwen and Continuing Ed courses at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Igloria founded North Branch Projects, an artist-run space which offers free community bookbinding and serves as a resource and outlet for the creative process.