Exhibitions

Past Perfect: The Art of Eileen Doman

July 11 - September 27, 2014
Free Opening Reception: July 11, 5-8pm

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.

2014 Teacher Fellowship Program Exhibition

June 7 - 28, 2014
Free Opening Reception: June 7, 1-4pm

Opening reception will include refreshments and family art activities.

Intuit's Teacher Fellowship Program Exhibition
Intuit proudly presents the work of students participating in Intuit’s 2013-2014 Teacher Fellowship Program. Inspired by self-taught and outsider art, students transform found materials and non-traditional materials to reflect their own visions. Teachers and students represented in the exhibition are from ten participating Chicago Public Schools.

Schools represented in this exhibition are Avalon Park Elementary School, Columbus Elementary School, Farragut Career Academy High School, Henry D. Lloyd Elementary School, Nettelhorst Elementary School, New Sullivan Elementary School, Legacy Elementary School, Mary Lyon Elementary School, John M. Palmer Elementary School and James N. Thorp Elementary School.

Lost and Found: The Search for Harry and Edna

May 9 - August 30, 2014

Curated by Jeff Phillips

Harry and Edna on the Santa Paula

Click the image to learn the whole story behind Harry and Edna.

Harry and Edna were everyday people who lived extraordinary lives. They frequented fancy parties. They traveled the world. And they captured it all on film. Half a century later, their photographic journey continued by falling into the hands of Jeff Phillips. Phillips, a Chicago-based photographer, discovered the lives of Harry and Edna in 30 boxes filled with more than a thousand unlabeled Kodachrome slides at a second hand shop in St. Louis. An artist who has always been fascinated by found photographs, he bought them, wondering why these enigmatic family portraits were abandoned.

Edna in Orange Life JacketPhillips began sharing the vivid and kitschy images on Facebook where he asked, “Is This Your Mother?” The unknown couple is seen at a holiday party, on a tropical cruise, posing on an iceberg in Alaska and in front of famous places. The more images he shared, the more intent he became on finding the people in the pictures.

The number of visitors to the page grew quickly, and a disparate search party of amateur genealogists and online sleuths emerged. They foraged for hidden details, scouring census databases and immigration records for possible connections. Others participated by remarking about the fashions of the period, or by proposing imaginary dialog that might have occurred between the two unknown persons.

Could the social media community help restore their identities, or would they be lost forever?

Lost and Found is a unique exhibition of photography that tells the story of a social media search party attempting to discover the identities of an anonymous couple who traveled the world more than 50 years ago. This exhibition presents the beauty, humor, and mystery of found photographs and explores the intersection of photography, social media, and our places in history.Snapshot Wheat

This exhibition is sponsored in part by New Belgium Brewing Company, makers of Snapshot Wheat.

Brewed in Belgium: The Collection of Intuit

January 17 – May 24, 2014

Curated by Pierre Muylle, Director of MADmusée

The Dan Ryan Expressway by Wesley Willis

Wesley Willis, The Dan Ryan Expressway, 1986, Ink on paper, Gift of Barbara and Kent Manning, 2007.16.2

Intuit was happy to collaborate with the MADmusée of Liège, Belgium, in an exhibition of artwork selected from their permanent collection, Brewed in Belgium: The Collection of MADmusée. In compliment to this exhibition, MADmusée also curated this spotlight of 30 pieces culled from Intuit’s Permanent Collection. This superb selection speaks to both institutions and how our two collections can exist so similarly although they are an ocean apart.

This exhibition is sponsored in part by Duvel and Wallonie-Bruxelles International.

Duvel Wallonie-Bruxelles International

Brewed in Belgium: The Collection of MADmusée

January 17 – April 26, 2014

Untitled by Serge Delaunay

Untitled by Serge Delaunay, 1993, Felt on paper, 28.5 x 21.5 inches, ©MADmusée Collection

Intuit is excited to collaborate with the MADmusée of Liège, Belgium, in an exhibition of artwork selected from their permanent collection. MADmusée exhibits the work of developmentally disabled artists while promoting understanding and appreciation through education, conservation and documentation. Founded in 1998, MADmusée has a commitment for research and education to enrich its distinct permanent collection, exhibitions and library, and to communicate cultural sensitivity to a wider public.

MADmusée has built their collection with a unique focus on artists with disabilities who are creating in centers and workshops around the world. Their holdings currently include over 2,300 pieces comprised of paintings, drawings, sculptures, engraving, textiles and installations. Offering just a glimpse into the richness of their permanent collection, Brewed in Belgium: The Collection of MADmusée will highlight more than 60 of these exceptional artworks.

Giocartollo by Franco Bellucci

Giocartollo by Franco Bellucci, 2005, 10.5 x 16 x 14 inches, ©MADmusée Collection

In compliment to this exhibition, MADmusée has also curated a spotlight of 30 pieces culled from Intuit’s Permanent Collection. This exhibition will be on display in our Study Gallery from January 17 – May 24, 2014.

This exhibition is sponsored in part by Duvel and Wallonie-Bruxelles International.

Duvel Wallonie-Bruxelles International