Exhibitions & Events

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.

Online ticketing has closed – please purchase your ticket at the door.

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.

 

Film Screening: The Other Brother

September 18, 2014
6:30pm

$8 / $5 Intuit Members

The Other Brother

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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.

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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: Paint Your Pet Portrait

August 9, 2014
1-4pm

$35 / $30 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.

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. Other cast members include: Marilyn Dodds Frank, Chance Bone, Peter Dafaria, David Weber, Jaci Kay, Philena Gilmer and Marissa Lessman.

Online ticketing for this event has closed. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

Film Screening: The Vivian Maier Mystery

July 24, 2014
7pm

$10 / $8 Intuit Members

Vivian Maier Mystery

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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.