Exhibitions & Events

Opening Reception: Collective Soul

September 19, 2014
5-8pm

Free and open to the public.

Please join us for the opening reception of Collective Soul.

Collective Soul

September 19 - December 27, 2014
Free Opening Reception: September 19, 5-8pm

Nude Seated in Garden by Drossos Skyllas

Nude Seated in Garden by Drossos Skyllas, c. 1960, Oil on canvas, 60 x 42 inches, Collection of Robert A. Roth

In 1951, Jean Dubuffet’s Anticultural Positions speech at the Arts Club of Chicago brought an awareness of self-taught art to the forefront of the contemporary scene. The impact of this shift has endured, carried forward by those who appreciated the authentic expression found in self-taught art. Trained artists began to seek out and discover Chicago-based self-taught artists like Joseph Yoakum and Lee Godie. Art fairs, institutions and publications emerged, dedicated to the promotion of work by self-taught artists. Curators, galleries and collectors throughout the city came forward to champion this work and continue to do so today. Because of this long standing interest, some of the most important work in the self-taught field resides here in Chicago.

Reflecting the idiosyncratic relationship between art and collector, this survey of outsider art offers an in depth look at how Chicago collectors have and continue to influence this genre. Culled from both established and newer collections, this exhibition will expose viewers to exemplary works from private collections not often seen. Presenting works by Martín Ramírez, Henry Darger, Lee Godie and Bill Traylor hanging amidst clusters of work from artists often overlooked – but of equal quality – such as David Butler, Aldo Piacenza and Lanier Meaders.

Museum Day Live!

September 27, 2014
11am-6pm

Museum DayFor one day only, Intuit will grant free admission to visitors who download a Museum Day Live! ticket at Smithsonian.com. In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone (and a guest) presenting a Museum Day Ticket…for free.

Visitors must present an official Museum Day Live! ticket to be eligible for free entry.

DIY Workshop: Fashion Accessories

September 27, 2014
1-4pm

Free and open to the public

IntuiTeenEnjoy a family friendly DIY workshop led by our very own IntuiTeens! Perfect for anyone who wants to tap into their desire to express themselves and learn to make objects that are fun, beautiful and functional. Drop in anytime between 1-4pm and our teen mentors will teach you how to create one-of-a-kind jewelry or a unique wallet using re-purposed materials and unconventional methods. No previous art or craft experience needed. Embrace the beauty of outsider art and come make something for your own enjoyment and expression! All ages are welcome.

FOUND: P.S. Page Me Later

October 3 - December 27, 2014
Free Opening Reception: October 3, 5-8pm

Found Logo red
Page Me LaterOne snowy winter night in Chicago in early 2001, writer and This American Life reporter Davy Rothbart found a note on his windshield meant for someone else — a guy named Mario. Taken by the energy, emotion, and mystery of his find, he decided to create a handmade zine called FOUND, which would collect notes, letters, and photos plucked off the ground and the street, lost and forgotten items found by himself and a range of kindred, curious spirits.

The first issue was published that summer and quickly the annual zine (and its companion website) became an underground phenomenon, “a powerful fix for thinking voyeurs,” as the Boston Globe put it. To help spread word, Davy Rothbart and his brother Peter began a series of ambitious tours, crisscrossing the country, collecting new finds, and recruiting an army of new finders, the Johnny Appleseeds of intriguing litter.

Now, 13 years later, FOUND has received over 50,000 finds, and returns to Intuit to share this treasure trove of hidden gems from its collection: love letters, Post-it® Notes, to-do lists, Polaroids, and audio recordings, each one a hilarious, heartbreaking, and deeply insightful look into what it means to be human.

Found items are the ultimate reality programming, revealing our true nature with a total lack of self-consciousness, each one its own unique blend of magic and mystery, emotion and story. More than anything, these finds remind us that no matter how different we might appear on the outside, our sharpest fears and grandest wishes are universal.

This exhibition will also include the meticulously-crafted handmade boards from early issues of the magazine and a wall of brand-new finds contributed by you as we are inviting visitors to bring their own finds.

Outside Chicago Tour: John Michael Kohler Arts Center

October 11, 2014
8am-6pm

$125 / $100 Intuit members

Photo: Kevin Sampson. Photo: Fred Scruton.

Join Intuit’s staff on a special day trip to Sheboygan, WI, where we will visit the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Enjoy a guided tour of This Must Be The Place, a series of five exhibitions inviting viewers to consider “place” as far more than a particular point on a map. Exhibitions include: Kim Morgan: Range Light, Borden-Carleton, PEI, 2010; Martin Prekop: House; Kevin Blythe Sampson: Ironbound; Building Stories; and Brent Green: Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then. Between exhibition tours, our group will also have exclusive one-on-one time with self-taught artist Kevin Blythe Sampson and a VIP behind-the-scenes viewing of permanent collection.

Event fee covers round-trip charter bus transportation, lunch and guided tours. Space is extremely limited.

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Collect-O-Rama

October 25, 2014
10am-4pm

Stanton Park Gymnasium, 618 W Scott St, Chicago
Suggested donation: $5

Collect-O-Rama
Intuit’s really big de-accession sale for collectors, hoarders and eccentrics is back and bigger than ever! Become a vendor and thin out your collection of outsider, folk, or just plain funky art and objects. Spaces are limited, so submit your application today. This year we’ve added some DIY craft workshops, lectures about how you can become a collector and an exclusive VIP First Dibs event on October 24 for your chance to beat the crowds. Details to be announced soon!

Save the Date: Visionary Ball 2014

November 15, 2014

Moonlight Studios, 1446 W. Kinzie Street
Individual Tickets: $250

2014 Visionary Ball

Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Untitled (Painting) #289, July 21, 1955, Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Gift of Lewis and Jean Greenblatt, 2003.3.9

Mark your calendars for Intuit’s annual benefit, the Visionary Ball. Join us in honoring Visionary Award recipient Carl Hammer at Intuit’s most important fundraising event of the year. Enjoy cocktails, dinner and a silent auction all while supporting your favorite art center! Become a Host Committee Sponsor before October 1st and you (or your company!) will be listed on the invitation. Click here to view all the perks of becoming a Host Committee Sponsor or to purchase your tickets by mail.

Individual Ticket – $250 Host Committee – $2,500
Sponsor – $5,000 Major Sponsor – $10,000

Film Screening: The Other Brother

September 18, 2014
6:30pm

$8 / $5 Intuit Members

The Other Brother

Click the image to view the trailer.

One is an art-world insider; one lived alone in a world of art. The Other Brother intertwines familial love and loss, while confirming the profound influences of art on all our lives. This film illuminates the remarkable lives of Jesse and Tom Flowers. Jesse, solitary and troubled, found solace in little else but his art; Tom found success as an artist and a professor. Jesse’s work feels crowded, humorous and primordial; Tom’s feels open and contemporary. Viewing their paired works of art, we listen in on an artistic dialogue that transcends decades of estrangement. We witness so many layers of Jesse’s life in such artful and profound ways that ultimately we sense the man is in the room with us, flesh and blood.

This screening will be followed by a Q+A discussion with filmmakers, Kristy Higby and Mark Flowers. A special exhibition of the Flowers brothers artwork will be on view from September 2-27 at Intuit.

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

Past Perfect: The Art of Eileen Doman offers viewers an opportunity to examine what can happen when one woman pursues her “irresistible urge to paint.”

Join us as artist Eileen Doman and curator Kevin Cole discuss Intuit’s current exhibition featuring 42 paintings by Doman – many inspired by old family photographs. View examples of the artist’s work from the prestigious Louis-Dreyfus Family Collection (NY). You will be treated to a visual presentation that includes additional examples of the artist’s work, and you will have an opportunity to experience what will surely be an engaging dialogue about what it means to be a self-taught artist.