Esta Chido Todo: The Drawings of Raul Maldonado

June 3 - September 3, 2011

Curated by Susan Matthews

Raul Maldonado

Translated “it’s all cool,” Intuit will present the first major exhibition of the work of Raul Maldonado. A young Mexican immigrant from Hanover Park, Illinois, Maldonado creates large-scale works comprised of 22-by-28 inch poster board, completing and numbering one board at a time on his drawing table. These dozens of boards are then assembled into the completed drawing that can stretch up to 15 feet. Growing up in Guanajuato, Mexico, Maldonado began drawing at the age of 10 inspired by the cartoons he watched on television. Like many self-taught artists, Maldonado finds influence in pop culture sources such as anime and graffiti.

Click here to watch the artist install the exhibition.

Intuit’s Teacher Fellowship Program Exhibition

June 3 - 25, 2011

Opening Reception: June 4, 1-4pm

Teacher Fellowship Program Exhibition

From Intuit's 2010 Teacher Fellowship Program Exhibition

Intuit’s annual Teacher Fellowship Program Exhibition showcases student projects inspired by the work of intuitive and outsider artists. Student projects are based on curricula created by Chicago Public School educators from Intuit’s Teacher Fellowship Program 2010-2011.

Schools represented in the exhibition are Jenner Fine Arts Academy, CICS Northtown Academy, Orr Academy High School, Orozco Community Academy, Robert Healy Elementary School, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High School, Franklin Fine Art Center, Prosser Career Academy, Prologue Early College High School, John W. Garvy Elementary School and Kershaw Magnet Elementary School.

Architecture of Hope – the Treasures of Intuit

January 21 – May 14, 2011

Curated by Roger Manley

Clarence and Grace Woolsey, Bottle Cap Chapel, n.d., Gift of Marjorie and Harvey Freed. Right: Lonnie Holley, Working on Milwaukee Avenue, 2007, Gift of Lonnie Holley

In celebration of Intuit’s 20th anniversary, we invited Roger Manley, folklorist, author and director of the Gregg Museum of Art & Design at North Carolina State University, to mine Intuit’s permanent collection for this exhibition. In his curatorial statement Manley writes, “Architecture of Hope – the Treasures of Intuit will explore a range of inspired responses to struggle as generated by self-taught artists to transform life’s challenges into opportunities for artistic invention.”

Come experience 84 works of art, both two-dimensional and sculpture, by 39 self-taught artists.

Forget Me NOT: Self-Taught Portraits

September 10 - December 31, 2010

Curated by Jan Petry

Ammi Phillips, William Hawkins

Left: Ammi Phillips, American, 1788-1865, Girl in a Red Dress, Oil on canvas, 32 7/8” x 27 3/8”, Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, Chicago, 1992.57. Right: Front cover: William Hawkins, The Girl in the Red Dress with Cats and Dogs, 1985, Enamel on masonite, 60” x 48”, Collection of Robert M. Greenberg.

Since man began making marks, the portrait has remained a universal subject. From the meticulous detail of Ammi Phillips and Drossos Skyllas, the gestural swash of William Hawkins, the bold colors of Sam Doyle, to the simplicity of Paul Duhem, Forget Me NOT will focus on our continued fascination with our own image.

Featuring 49 artists including, C.J. Pyle, Ammi Phillips, Stephen Warde Anderson, Joe Coleman, Howard Finster, Morris Hirshfield, S.L. Jones, Lee Godie, Michelle Johnson, Elijah Pierce, William Matthew Prior, Pauline Simon and more, showcasing a variety of styles while presenting the unified theme of portraiture. These 70+ works portray kings, movie stars, presidents, bad boys and good girls — all reflecting who we are and how others see us.

Almost There: A Portrait of Peter Anton

July 9 - December 30, 2010

Co-Curated by Daniel Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden.

Peter Anton, The Talent Club in 1952. Collection of Dan Rybicky

Peter Anton, a 78 year-old resident of East Chicago, Indiana, creates paintings that illuminate moments of significance from his personal history. Many of them are based on photographs he has obsessively compiled into a massive autobiography titled “Almost There.”

Through the whole of twelve scrapbooks, Peter details his “life on a rollercoaster” – from his near death experience in 1934 at the age of three to his happy “movie star years” in the 1950′s organizing and performing in hundreds of talent shows, all the way through his ruminations on mortality in 2005 after losing his beloved cats and being taken from his severely deteriorating home by a social service agency. Despite his declining health, Peter perseveres. This exhibit – the first retrospective of his work – is testament to how art and the impetus to create it still thrives in even more dire circumstances.

Co-curators Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden have spent the past four years documenting Peter’s environment and day-to-day life of creating art under brutal conditions. Inspired by the story of perhaps the most famous outsider artist, Henry Darger – whose artwork was discovered posthumously and only after three dumpsters of waste were removed from his apartment – the curators of Almost There will present an unvarnished view of an artist before his process has been altered or sanitized. Their photographs and videos will be exhibited alongside Peter’s paintings, scrapbooks and ephemera as a way to further contextualize his work. Visitors will have the added pleasure of experiencing this exhibit alongside the Henry Darger Room Collection, Intuit’s innovative permanent installation that evokes the obsessive artist’s original environment.

Poised at the intersection of biography and autobiography, Almost There: A Portrait of Peter Anton explores the curatorial complexities surrounding the discovery and stewardship of one man’s work, as well as the definitions of so-called “high art” and “outsider art.” By showing the decaying textures of Peter’s house, paintings and scrapbooks – of Peter himself – this exhibit asks audiences to contextualize his art and ultimately, their own aesthetic concepts of and emotional responses to memory, aging and pain.