Exhibitions & Events

Slow Art Day

April 11, 2015
12-1:30 p.m.

$5 suggested donation

Come, take part in a rapidly growing event that celebrates art and the art of looking—through five of Mr. Imagination’s many visually engaging works.

Phil Terry launched Slow Art Day as an annual global event less than a decade ago. It began when he decided to do an experiment and sit in front of Hans Hoffman’s Fantasia for an hour in 2008. He concluded that it was a much better way to view art than breezing past in a matter of seconds. Since his first experiment, Slow Art Day has been expanding, and now there are 191 venues around the world.

This year Intuit joins the event and invites you to take time to really look at five specific artworks, curated by artist and Intuit intern Anna Johnson. Visitors are encouraged to take their time looking at the works and express their thoughts during a brief discussion following the experience.

Slow Art Day, Intuit

The Intuit Plays

April 2-4 & 9-11, 2015
7:30 p.m.

$15 / $10 Intuit Members

Commedia Beauregard, a theater company dedicated to translating the universal human experience to the stage, turns the spotlight on outsider art when it presents MASTER WORKS: The Intuit Plays, six new short plays inspired by pieces of artwork from Intuit’s collection.

Curated by company member kClare Kemock, the six plays will be performed at Intuit, allowing the audience members to view the works of art firsthand. Six Chicago playwrights and six exciting directors bring forth creations: “Like Father, Like Son–Eternal Slave,” “Statue of Liberty,” “Three Snakes and a Bird,” “Several Figures/Shades of Grey,” “Street Corner” and “Six Women with Bartender.” Recommended for mature audiences due to adult language. Tickets for MASTER WORKS: The Intuit Plays are currently on sale at http://tinyurl.com/intuit-tix. Members use discount code “outsider” for member pricing.

Puppet Making with Blair Thomas

March 21, 2015
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

$35 / $30 Intuit Members

Blair Thomas PuppetLed by Blair Thomas, this all-ages workshop introduces basic puppet construction primarily using found object materials. The animistic spirit inhabits all material objects, and this workshop discovers these energies of distinct objects through design and performance. Participants will create a single table-top style puppet, exploring the basic relationship between puppetry design and puppetry performance.

All supplies are included, but feel free to bring found objects of interest.

FEED: Tastings in Food, Performance and Imagination

March 14, 2015

$65 / $50 Intuit Member with discount code "imagination"
Tickets not available at the door.

FEEDInspired by the street art and found objects of Mr Imagination, NON:op Open Opera Works partners with Intuit, Sauce and Bread Kitchen, and Sketchbook Brewing to present the first FEED Salon. FEED: Tastings in Food, Performance and Imagination juxtaposes Mr. Imagination’s flamboyant and charismatic style with outlandish combinations of music, movement, video and performance by NON:op; delectable plates by Sauce and Bread Kitchen; and tasty brews by Sketchbook Brewing in an evening happening you don’t want to miss! Ticket includes performances, food, and libations -  get yours today.

Gospel Brunch and Tour

February 22, 2015

$80 / $65 Intuit Member

Gospel BrunchIn conjunction with Welcome to the World of Mr. Imagination, join Intuit’s staff at the House of Blues for an amazing brunch of Southern specialties while enjoying traditional and contemporary gospel songs selected by legendary artist Kirk Franklin. Following this exhilarating performance, guests will be treated to an exclusive private tour of one of Chicago’s largest collection of folk, outsider and self-taught artwork. This historically significant collection showcases the works of many of the country’s most cherished folk artists including a large installation by Mr. Imagination.

Event fee covers lunch and guided tour. Space is limited, please reserve your seat today!

Face Time with Doc Atomic

February 21, 2015

$40 / $35 Intuit Members
Lunch is included.

Doc Atomic headSteve Thoma, aka Doc Atomic, will demonstrate his methods for creating sculpture from found and salvaged objects. Using a Styrofoam head as a base, Doc Atomic will show you all the tricks to making your own unique bust.

Lunch and all supplies will be provided, but please feel free to bring materials to add to your own unique sculpture.

Celebrate President’s Day at Intuit

February 16, 2015

Join Intuit for special open hours on President’s Day. Enjoy free admission for you and your family while you explore our newest exhibition Welcome to the World of Mr. Imagination.

New Music Concert Series: FLAK

February 12, 2015

$5 Suggested Donation

FLAKFLAK is back for a third installment. The theme of this concert is to re-contextualize classical instruments (e.g. -cello, clarinet, guitar) in a manner that is not specific to their traditional use. This is achieved by disguising sound in a seamless performance featuring contemporary music and theatrical improvisation using both classical instruments and instruments built from found objects. Performers include Zach Good (clarinet), Lia Kohl (cello) and Shawn Lucas.

FLAK is a project developed by Chicago based composer and visual artist Shawn Lucas. The goal of this project is to realize original and theatrical concert formats that exploits contemporary music, improvisation, theater, and visual art as inseparable entities of one another. Keep up with the project at: www.ShawnMLucas.com


Mr. Imagination Paintbrush People

January 24, 2015

$12 / $10 Intuit Members

Paintbrush Lipstick Lady

Lipstick Lady by Mr. Imagination, 2000, Mixed media, Collection of Sherry Siegel and Robert Alter

Please join artist and former folk art dealer Charlie Heinrich for a fun, family-friendly workshop paying tribute to Mr. Imagination’s iconic image of paintbrush people. Taking inspiration from Welcome to the World of Mr. Imagination, we will construct people using paint brushes, plaster, recycled materials and paint to make regal sculptures.

All supplies will be provided and all ages are welcome.

This class is full.

Celebrate MLK Jr. Day at Intuit

January 19, 2015

Join Intuit for special open hours on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Enjoy free admission for you and your family while you explore our newest exhibition Welcome to the World of Mr. Imagination.