February 10 - June 30, 2012

Curated by Molly Tarbell and Jan Petry


William Thomas Thompson, Heaven and Hell, 2011, Courtesy of the artist

HEAVEN+HELL is an inspired collaboration of creative thinking and practical dynamics from two very different organizations: Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art and the Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA). The exhibition will serve as a bridge between the two museums with the Hell portion of the exhibition taking place in Intuit’s Galleries at 756 N. Milwaukee Ave. and Heaven taking place at LUMA, 820 N. Michigan Ave.

The themes of heaven and hell are frequently addressed in outsider and intuitive art. Outsider artists’ perspectives range from illustrative, word-laden drawings to stylized, sculptural versions of figurative images that populate their perceptions of the heavenly and the hellish. Self-taught and outsider artists often use the themes of heaven and hell not as concepts, but as broad visualizations that may be invented, drawn from popular media or the Bible, or influenced by their religious upbringing. HEAVEN+HELL seeks to explore the breadth of expression in self-taught art with these themes in mind. The exhibition will feature work by American artists such as Minnie Evans (1892-1987), Howard Finster (1916-2001), William Edmondson (c. 1870-1951), Sister Gertrude Morgan (1900-1980), William Blayney (1918-1985), William Thomas Thompson (1935 – ) and Norbert Kox (1945 – ), among many others.

Co-curated by Jan Petry, Exhibitions Chair at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art and Molly Tarbell, Exhibition Curator, Loyola University Museum of Art, the exhibition features 165 works of art by 54 artists as well as several anonymous works. This exhibition is accompanied by a 36-page catalog with an essay by Jerry Bleem, a Franciscan Friar, Catholic Priest, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The catalog is available at both venues for $12 or buy it online in our gift shop. Special – FREE admission at Intuit on Tuesdays during HEAVEN+HELL!

Eugene Von Bruenchenhein: From the Wand of the Genii

September 16, 2011 - January 14, 2012

Curated by Lisa Stone

Eugene Von Bruenchenhein

Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Rise of Empire- Complex/ Wand of the Genii/ The miracle of color, stone, and steel, November 14, 1978, Gift of Lewis and Jean Greenblatt

Fascinated with botany and science, Von Bruenchenhein wrote extensively on his own metaphysical theories of biological and cosmological origins along with reams of poetry on nature, love, war, politics, and imaginary travels through time and space. In 1954 Von Bruenchenhein began making intricate, brightly colored “finger paintings” of atomic mushroom clouds, mythical sea creatures, fantastic landscapes, shooting comets and futuristic metropolises. During his own lifetime, Von Bruenchenhein never achieved significant recognition for his art, and by the time of his death thousands of works crammed the tiny house he had shared with his wife and muse, Marie.

Eugene Von Bruenchenhein: From the Wand of the Genii will focus on the dominant stimuli of nature and architecture, of growth patterns and imaginative structures. Referencing his artistic process, this exhibition will show his growth as he moved freely across mediums; from photography, painting, ceramic, bone, and cement sculpture. The exhibition will include works from various periods, organized to reflect the evolution of motifs and ideas, rather than presented chronologically or by specific media.

You Better Be Listening: Text in Self-Taught Art

July 8, 2011 - January 14, 2012

Curated by Matthew Arient

Left: Sister Gertrude Morgan, Revelations, ca. 1970, Mixed media on paper, Gift of Susann Craig. Right: Dwight Mackintosh, Untitled (Figures with writing), Mixed media on paper, Gift of Creative Growth Art Center

From street preachers to sermonizers of all persuasions, this exhibition will feature artists who use written words as an integral part of their art. Art can be used as a form of communication and self-taught artists often use text as a way to complete their message. Curator Matthew Arient states, “In the work of trained artists, many times the text takes on a secondary, deeper meaning that the viewer is supposed to understand. For untrained, self-taught artists, text many times takes on a much more literal aspect.” You can see this literal message in the work of Reverend Howard Finster who used his paintings as a way to spread the gospel after he was told by a voice to paint “sacred art.”

Other artists, such as Dwight Mackintosh, use text as a sort of pattern or separate creation as his automatic writing is completely illegible. Whether it is the Biblical passages of Sister Gertrude Morgan, the rants of Jesse “Outlaw” Howard or the misogynistic diatribes of Prophet Royal Robertson, for each of these artists the message in the text is as important as the image.

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.