Events

DHF Express Rocks Intuit

April 25, 2014
7 pm

$8 / $5 Intuit Members

DHF ExpressJoin us for the Brewed in Belgium: The Collection of MADmusée closing reception, a special evening of art and music. Enjoy the unique sound of rock band DHF Express courtesy of lead vocalist Adam Hines and bassist/composer Louis DeMarco. Hines and DeMarco, gifted visual artists and members of Project Onward, will rock you with their signature blend of power pop covers and off-beat originals will make you sweat…but they’ll also make you think, proving once again that creativity knows no boundaries!

DJ Sympathy for the Duvel a.k.a. Pierre Muylle, director of MADmusée, will be spinning between sets and will end the night with a dance party! Beer provided generously by exhibition sponsor, Duvel.

Intuit Member Non-Member

MADmusée and Collecting the Self-Taught Artist

April 26, 2014
2pm

$5 / Free for Intuit Members

Pierre Muylle, Director of MADmusée, will present a brief history and overview of the museum’s holdings. Prompted by the differences in canons of outsider art vs. art brut, he will then discuss collecting work made in European art studios and centers specializing in self-taught art and the current perspectives surrounding the European outsider art industry.

First Dibs: Closet Clearance Sale

May 2, 2014
6-8pm

Tickets: $10
Includes 1 free drink ticket.

Here is your chance to beat the crowds! Get your ticket today for VIP access to our Closet Clearance Sale and get first dibs on all the fabulous finds! Our most fashionable fundraiser, this event includes the sale of new and gently used women’s clothing and accessories. All sales benefit Intuit, which means guilt-free shopping for you!

This event will be FREE to anyone who donates items to our Closet Clearance Sale.

First Dibs

Closet Clearance Sale

May 3, 2014
11am-6pm

Free and open to the public.

Closet Clearance Sale
Intuit’s 5th annual Closet Clearance Sale returns bigger and better than ever. Spanning two rooms, this event includes the sale of 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 at Intuit from April 8-26 and can be dropped off Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11am to 6pm. All donors will receive a free ticket to attend the VIP First Dibs event. 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.

Help us spread the word by inviting your friends via Facebook!

Book Signing: The Art of Secrets

May 10, 2014
3pm

Free and open to the public.

Art of SecretsChicago author and school librarian James Klise will introduce and answer questions about his new novel for teens, The Art of Secrets (Algonquin Books for Young Readers). The contemporary, Chicago-set mystery, which describes a crime and its aftermath from a dozen suspect points of view, also brings into focus the fascinating life and body of work of Chicago’s legendary outsider artist Henry Darger (1892-1973). Book-signing will take place after the discussion. Copies will be available for purchase from the Intuit Gift Shop.

James Klise is the author of Love Drugged, which won an ALA Stonewall honor and received glowing reviews. He lives in Chicago. His short stories have appeared in many journals, including StoryQuarterlyNew Orleans ReviewAscent, and Southern Humanities ReviewThe Art of Secrets is his second novel.

Ethical Taxidermy Class: Domesticated Rabbit Wall Mounts

May 16, 2013
6:30pm

$200 / $150 Intuit Members

Domesticated Rabbit Wall MountSign up for a taxidermy class with licensed taxidermist Mickey Alice Kwapis. Mickey will supply everything you need to learn how to taxidermy an ethically-obtained specimen from start to finish using traditional techniques and take it home with you when you are done. What does “ethically sourced” even mean? For Mickey, it means NONE of the animals used in class or in her personal work are killed just for taxidermy or fun.

Class will run between 3-4 hours and the fee is inclusive of all supplies and costs.

Spots are limited and fill up quickly. Click here to sign up today!

 

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May 22, 2014
6-9pm

Tickets: $75
VIP Tickets: $125
A New Leaf Studio & Garden, 1820 N. Wells Street

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Co-Chairs:
Kristi Kangas
Karen Zupko

Benefit Committee:
Susann Craig
Chris LaMorte
Chris Renton
Ellie Thompson

Save the date for an evening in the garden to benefit Intuit! Between visits to the Doodlebooth and photo booth, enjoy beer provided by Revolution Brewing, cocktails by Wood, coffee brewed by HalfWit Coffee Roasters, appetizers from Bite Cafe, tacos from Taco Joint and dessert from SpritzBurger. Try your hand in our raffle or silent auction and raise money for your favorite outsider art center!

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Thank you to our generous sponsors!

     SpritzBurger Doodlebooth
HalfWit Coffee Roasters  Wood Chicago    Revolution Brewing

    Taco Joint    Bite Cafe

Darger and the Detective

Two Performances!
April 11, 7pm
April 12, 6pm

Tickets: $10 / $8 Intuit Member

© Kiyoko Lerner, courtesy Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York

© Kiyoko Lerner, courtesy Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York

World premiere! Join us for a full reading of the brand new stage play Darger and the Detective written by Judith Kampfner and directed by Hans Fleischmann, based on the BBC radio drama by Mike Walker.

A young detective, Walter Schmidt, from an immigrant family is anxious to please his police chief. It is 1911 and the city of Chicago is reeling from the disappearance of a little girl called Elsie Paroubek. While on his beat, the detective catches sight of a strange man and follows him. From that moment, Schmidt decides that this reclusive man named Henry Darger will be his suspect. Soon Schmidt is spending time with Darger and is drawn into his world. But is Schmidt the hunter or the hunted? Who really holds the power? And will the mystery of the lost girl be solved either in the real world or in Darger’s fantasies?

This production stars members of  The Steppenwolf Ensemble and music by Michael Wookey. A Q&A session will follow the performance and the Henry Darger Room Collection will be open for viewing.

Cast members: Troy West (Henry Darger), Yasen Peyankov (Detective Waler Schmidt), Doug Vickers (Chief McLery), Carolyn Hoerdemann (Mrs. Paroubek/Woman 1/Sister Rose), Elaine Rivkin (Woman 2/Neighbor Woman/Sister Agnes/Librarian), Steve Key (Male Marcher 1/Frank/Director/Reporter 1/Policeman 1), Nigel Patterson (Reporter 2/Male Marcher 2/Father Jerome/Policeman 2), Kelly O’Sullivan (Stage Directions), Emma Gordon (Rain Girl), and Maya Hlava (Sun Girl).

Privacy, Disability and Fame

April 3, 2014
7pm

Free and open to the public

Randy M. Vick will address these three terms—privacy, disability, and fame—and examine how they come together in the context of studios that support the work of artists with disabilities. These core concepts represent a kind of tension between the clinical world and the commercial art world and between the medical and social models of disability.

Randy M. Vick is an Associate Professor of Art Therapy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has over three decades of experience working in both inpatient and community settings and has written and presented widely on the relationship between art therapy and the field of outsider art.

Archiving & Amplifying Chicago’s Experimental Creativity

March 29, 2014
7pm

Free and open to the public.


This discussion and performance will investigate the influence of Malachi Ritscher—the late Chicago-based documentarian, activist, artist, musician, photographer, and supporter of experimental and improvised music whose thousands of audio recordings fill the shelves of the Creative Audio Archive at Experimental Sound Studio.

Marc Fischer, Administrator of the initiative Public Collectors whose project for the 2014 Whitney Biennial focuses on Malachi Ritscher, will moderate a discussion alongside independent curator, writer and executive director Tempestt Hazel of Sixty Inches From Center, Peter Margasak—a longtime music writer for the Chicago Reader, and musician, composer and producer Michael Zerang who has curated and presented hundreds of events at Links Hall, Cafe Urbus Orbis and his own space The Candlestick Maker, which existed in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood from 2001-2005.

Following the discussion, there will be a musical performance by Jim Baker, Jim Becker, Jim Dorling, and Michael Zerang. It is worth noting that Jim Dorling will perform using an Indian harmonium that was once owned by Ritscher and was recently recovered from a Chicago consignment shop with the kind permission and assistance of Malachi’s parents Dick and Betty Ann Ritscher.