Exhibitions & Events

Opening Reception for Palimpsest

July 10, 2015
5:30-8:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public

Untitled (Woman in Red & Yellow), Tempera on cardboard, 22 x 16 inches, Collection of Intuit, Gift of the Zakoian Family, 2007.5.45

Join us for a free opening reception for Palimpsest, an art exhibition “unveiling the multiple layers of Betty Zakoian,” according to curators Leonard Cicero and Heather Holbus.

Betty Zakoian was a survivor of the Armenian genocide of 1915. “An orphan who demonstrated perseverance, she lived a full life, eventually becoming a proud mother and creator of whimsical, yet haunting, visuals. As a self-taught artist, Zakoian documented the extraordinary trials and triumphs of her life through painting and drawing,” said Holbus. Characterized by rich, vibrant colors, abstract patterns and dynamic lines, her aesthetic balances lightness and darkness.

Her subjects range from the harassment she faced at the hands of the Turks and her long walk from Armenia to Greece, to iconic images of mother and child to workers plowing fields. “It is through these subjects that audiences will peel back and explore the many layers of Zakoian’s story and, in a way, the Armenian genocide itself,” according to Cicero. “In this exhibition, Zakoian’s paintings function as a visual diary, chronicling the events of her past to both reveal her memories and connect her to the greater world and community.”

Intuit is grateful to the Thomas McCormick Gallery and the Zakoian family for their generous gift of Betty’s work to Intuit’s collection.   

Refreshments will be served during the opening reception.

*Intuit thanks Revolution Brewing and The Frame Shop for their generous support of this exhibition.

2015-16 Teacher Fellowship Program Application Deadline Extended

The deadline to apply to Intuit’s Teacher Fellowship Program for the 2015-16 school year has been extended to July 13!

Click here for more info and to apply!

Collage, Assemblage and Poetry
Art from Dreams

July 25, 2015
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

$15/$12 Intuit Members

Everyone dreams. Many find their dream images mysterious and interesting. Making art and poetry from these images helps us understand their messages. Using collage and writing, artist Susan Levin, along with Nancy Gordon, certified in “interactive guided imagery” and poet, Joy Gaines-Friedler will guide participants in a workshop to express dream images in a variety of ways.

Materials will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring in clippings and objects that resonate with them.

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Envisioning Howard Finster with Norman Girardot

August 8, 2015
1-2:30 p.m.

$5 suggested donation

Join us for a reading, discussion, and book signing with Norman Girardot, author of “Envisioning Howard Finster: The Religion and Art of a Stranger from Another World”. Copies will be available for purchase at this event.

The Reverend Howard Finster (1916–2001) is considered the godfather of contemporary American folk and visionary art. This book is the first interpretive analysis of the intertwined artistic and religious significance of Finster’s work within the context of the American “outsider art” tradition. This book explores the life and religious-artistic significance of Finster and his work from the personal perspective of religion scholar Norman Girardot, friend to Finster and his family during the later years of the artist’s life.

Norman Girardot is University Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Religion Studies Department at Lehigh University, USA. Trained in the comparative history of religions at the University of Chicago, he taught at Notre Dame University and Oberlin College before coming to Lehigh in 1980. His research areas are broadly comparative but especially involve Chinese religious tradition, particularly Daoism; the intellectual history of the study of China/Chinese religions and the rise of the discipline known as “comparative religion;” the problems of cross-cultural understanding; theory in the study of religion; popular religious movements; and the relation of religion and outsider/vernacular/visionary art. In addition to his ongoing interest in Chinese religion and Daoist studies, his current research and writing largely concerns “outsider” artistic and visionary tradition, especially as seen in the work of artists like Howard Finster, Mr. Imagination/Gregory Warmack, Myrtice West, Norbert Kox, Aloise Corbaz and others. In addition to numerous published articles and catalog essays, he has curated a number of exhibitions about outsider artists (Finster several times, Mr. Imagination, Lonnie Holley, Charlie Lucas, Norbert Kox, Hugo Sperger, Minni and Garland Adkins, Jessie and Ronald Cooper) and related topics (face jugs, popular African signage about Barack Obama). He is currently working on a documentary film about the life and work, the agony and the ecstasy, of Mr. Imagination. Finally, it has sometimes been noted that he has a seemingly perverse, if not an obscene, fondness for calabash gourds.

Blue Star Museums Program

May 25 - September 7, 2015

Intuit is proud to be one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense. The Blue Star Museums program runs from Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 through Labor Day, September 7, 2015.

The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps – and up to five family members.

To find out more about the Blue Star Museums program, learn about participating museums, and plan your trip, visit arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

For questions about Intuit’s exhibitions, programs, hours, and more, visit www.art.org.

Drawing and Collage with JJ Cromer
How Do, Stranger?

September 19, 2015
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

$35/$30 Intuit Members
Lunch is included.

JJ Cromer, Odd Methods of Clever Teachers, Collection of Intuit, Gift of Grey Carter and JJ Cromer, 2007.15.2

World-renowned artist JJ Cromer will be in Chicago to lead this drawing workshop and reveal the secret to his art-making process. JJ will help you learn: How to increase confidence! How to build self-esteem! How to make yourself more attractive and alluring! How to make and keep great wealth! But most likely you’ll walk away with an incredible drawing. Materials are included but feel free to bring your own favorite drawing pen(s) and paper.

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EXPOSED!!
The Intuit Collection

June 19 - September 4, 2015

Simon Sparrow, Untitled (Assemblage), Collection of Intuit, Gift of Lael and Eugenie Johnson, 2006.1

Intuit began collecting and preserving art from outsiders and self taught visionaries in 2007. Each year Intuit generously receives donations of work that strengthen the representative capabilities of its permanent collection.

This exhibition showcases some recent gifts, promised gifts and strong works that have rarely been displayed, including works by Reverend Howard Finster, Wesley Willis, Mose Tolliver, William Hawkins, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Derek Webster and many others.

Intuit’s 2014-15 Teacher Fellowship Program Student Art Exhibition

May 16 - July 2, 2015

TFP Student Art Exhibition Postcard

Intuit presents an exhibition showcasing student participants in Intuit’s 2014-2015 Teacher Fellowship Program. Inspired by self-taught and outsider art, students transform found and non-traditional materials to reflect their own visions. Teachers and students represented in the exhibition are from 11 participating Chicago Public Schools, including: Chicago Vocational Career Academy High School, Columbus Elementary School, John W. Garvy Elementary, Lincoln Park High School, Henry Lloyd Elementary, Jose Clemente Orozco Academy, Nettelhorst Elementary School, New Sullivan Elementary, Suder Montessori, Vaughn Occupational High School and Thomas J. Waters Elementary.

Intuit’s Teacher Fellowship Program is sponsored in part by generous grants from Crown Family Philanthropies, Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust, Polk Bros Foundation and Terra Foundation for American Art.

Palimpsest

July 10 - September 26, 2015

Curated by Leonard Cicero and Heather J. Holbus

Untitled (Woman in Red & Yellow), Tempera on cardboard, 22 x 16 inches, Collection of Intuit, Gift of the Zakoian Family, 2007.5.45

Intuit presents Palimpsest, an art exhibition “unveiling the multiple layers of Betty Zakoian,” according to curators Leonard Cicero and Heather Holbus.

Betty Zakoian was a survivor of the Armenian genocide of 1915. “An orphan who demonstrated perseverance, she lived a full life, eventually becoming a proud mother and creator of whimsical, yet haunting, visuals. As a self-taught artist, Zakoian documented the extraordinary trials and triumphs of her life through painting and drawing,” said Holbus. Characterized by rich, vibrant colors, abstract patterns and dynamic lines, her aesthetic balances lightness and darkness.

Her subjects range from the harassment she faced at the hands of the Turks and her long walk from Armenia to Greece, to iconic images of mother and child to workers plowing fields. “It is through these subjects that audiences will peel back and explore the many layers of Zakoian’s story and, in a way, the Armenian genocide itself,” according to Cicero. “In this exhibition, Zakoian’s paintings function as a visual diary, chronicling the events of her past to both reveal her memories and connect her to the greater world and community.”

Intuit is grateful to the Thomas McCormick Gallery and the Zakoian family for their generous gift of Betty’s work to Intuit’s collection.   

*Intuit thanks Revolution Brewing and The Frame Shop for their generous support of this exhibition.

dRAW

September 11, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Curated by Jan Petry

Caroline Demangel
, Untitled, Mixed media on paper,
 25 x 19 inches, Courtesy of Cavin-Morris Gallery, Photograph by Jurate Veceraite.

A line in the sand, a scratch on rock, a mark on parchment – drawing is the most basic of artistic expression, be it primitive or refined. Self-taught artists, working independently of the art world canon for generations, have visualized their world with pencil, pen and brush.

dRAW focuses on important works from generations past: Martin Ramirez, Henry Darger, August Walla, and Friedrich Schoder-Sonnentstern and more expansively on the new generation of self-taught artists whose work remains authentic and visionary while representative of contemporary times: Chris Hipkiss, Lubos Plny, Dan Miller, Daniel Martin Diaz, George Widener, Genievieve Seille, and Günter Schützenhöfer among others.