Exhibitions & Events

Chicago Sinfonietta’s Project Inclusion Ensemble

April 23, 2015
6-8 p.m.

$5 recommended donation

Intuit is thrilled to welcome Chicago Sinfonietta‘s Project Inclusion Ensemble for Get Intuit on April 23, an evening of art, refreshment and music. At 6 p.m., check out “Welcome to the World of Mr. Imagination,” Intuit’scurrentspecial exhibit, extended due to popular demand! Then, at 7 p.m., enjoy music ranging from Duke Ellington to Motown to Florence Price performed by Project Inclusion Ensemble’s top young musicians. The musicians were selected for this groundbreaking mentoring program, designed to help eliminate bias that is a barrier to participation for many musicians due to factors such as ethnicity, race and socio-economic status.Chicago Sinfonietta

Ordinary into the Extraordinary: A Day with David Philpot

April 25, 2015
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

$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

The Menagerie:
A Benefit for Intuit

May 18, 2015
6-9 p.m.

Revolution Brewing
2323 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Individual Tickets: $40

The Menagerie Event Flyer

Join us at Intuit’s annual spring benefit! Enjoy delicious food and craft beer provided by Revolution Brewing while taking in live music and performance entertainment. Head into the photo stand with your friends or try your luck with our games, raffles, and silent auctions–all while supporting your favorite outsider art museum! The fun continues after, across the street at Masada, with drinks, dessert and more.

This will be a night to remember–get your tickets today!


If you are unable to attend the event but would like to support us, you may donate online:

Mosaic Flower Pots

May 23, 2015
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

$35 / $30 Intuit Members
Lunch is included.

mosaicApril showers bring May… mosaic flower pots! Learn the basics of mosaic art in this fun-filled introductory mosaic workshop for all levels of experience. Make and take your very own colorful mosaic pot to brighten up your home or garden.

Intuit will supply tools, mixed media and medium-sized flower pot. Please bring any found materials (buttons, jewelry, broken or found patterned dishes, etc.) that you would like to use to personalize your piece.

Intuit Member Non-Member

Closet Clearance Sale

June 6, 2015
11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Closet Clearance Sale
Mark your calendar and start gathering your donations, Intuit’s annual Closet Clearance Sale is back. Start making space for all the treasures you will bring home from the sale! The Closet Clearance Sale features new and gently used women’s clothing, shoes, jewelry, hats, scarves, purses, and accessories donated from some of Chicago’s best closets.

Donations will be accepted May 1-June 2 and can be dropped off at Intuit (756 N Milwaukee Avenue) Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11am to 6pm. All donors will receive a free ticket to attend the VIP First Dibs event on June 5. We ask that clothes be on hangers if possible and only clean clothes in wearable condition will be accepted. All proceeds from the sale benefits Intuit and unsold items will be donated to various charities.

For questions or volunteer opportunities, please email intuit@art.org.

Ekphest: A Festival of Art + Word

April 11, 2015
2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Admission to Intuit, $5 suggested donation

Ekphest: A Festival of Art + Word invites the public to participate in Ekphest, a program of poetry and spoken word events that feature Chicago-based poets who respond to works of art in the collections of the city’s museums and other cultural institutions. Intuit is proud to be participating in this festival as a part of National Poetry Month.

On April 11, 2-3:30 p.m., RJ EL, artist, educator and author, will read his work inspired by Like Father, Like Son-Eternal Slave (ca. 1989-2002), by Dr. Charles Smith, followed by a post-reading Q&A with Dr. Smith, a self-taught artist, Vietnam war veteran and gifted orator. The discussion will cover RJ EL’s ekphrastic response, and analyze the work of Dr. Smith and Mr. Imagination, the subject of the retrospective Welcome to the World of Mr. Imagination currently on view at Intuit.

Slow Art Day

April 11, 2015
12-1:30 p.m.

Admission to Intuit, $5 suggested donation

Come, take part in a rapidly growing event that celebrates art and the art of looking—through five of Mr. Imagination’s many visually engaging works.

Phil Terry launched Slow Art Day as an annual global event less than a decade ago. It began when he decided to do an experiment and sit in front of Hans Hoffman’s Fantasia for an hour in 2008. He concluded that it was a much better way to view art than breezing past in a matter of seconds. Since his first experiment, Slow Art Day has been expanding, and now there are 191 venues around the world.

This year Intuit joins the event and invites you to take time to really look at five specific artworks, curated by artist and Intuit intern Anna Johnson. Visitors are encouraged to take their time looking at the works and express their thoughts during a brief discussion following the experience.

Slow Art Day, Intuit

The Intuit Plays

April 2-4 & 9-11, 2015
7:30 p.m.

$15 / $10 Intuit Members

Commedia Beauregard, a theater company dedicated to translating the universal human experience to the stage, turns the spotlight on outsider art when it presents MASTER WORKS: The Intuit Plays, six new short plays inspired by pieces of artwork from Intuit’s collection.

Curated by company member kClare Kemock, the six plays will be performed at Intuit, allowing the audience members to view the works of art firsthand. Six Chicago playwrights and six exciting directors bring forth creations: “Like Father, Like Son–Eternal Slave,” “Statue of Liberty,” “Three Snakes and a Bird,” “Several Figures/Shades of Grey,” “Street Corner” and “Six Women with Bartender.” Recommended for mature audiences due to adult language. Tickets for MASTER WORKS: The Intuit Plays are currently on sale at http://tinyurl.com/intuit-tix. Members use discount code “outsider” for member pricing.

Puppet Making with Blair Thomas

March 21, 2015
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

$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.

FEED: Tastings in Food, Performance and Imagination

March 14, 2015

$65 / $50 Intuit Member with discount code "imagination"
Tickets not available at the door.

FEEDInspired by the street art and found objects of Mr Imagination, NON:op Open Opera Works partners with Intuit, Sauce and Bread Kitchen, and Sketchbook Brewing to present the first FEED Salon. FEED: Tastings in Food, Performance and Imagination juxtaposes Mr. Imagination’s flamboyant and charismatic style with outlandish combinations of music, movement, video and performance by NON:op; delectable plates by Sauce and Bread Kitchen; and tasty brews by Sketchbook Brewing in an evening happening you don’t want to miss! Ticket includes performances, food, and libations -  get yours today.