Exhibitions & Events

First Dibs: Closet Clearance Sale

May 2, 2014

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. Tickets will be available at the door!

MADmusée and Collecting the Self-Taught Artist

April 26, 2014

$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.

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! Get caffeinated with fresh brewed coffee from Halfwit or enjoy a beer provided generously by exhibition sponsor Duvel.

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

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

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.

Film Screening: Magical Universe

March 22, 2014

$8 / $5 Intuit Members

Magical Universe

Click the image to watch the trailer.

Step into the unique and wondrous world of lifetime eccentric artist Al Carbee, an 88-year old eccentric who spends his days creating outlandish works of art featuring Barbie Dolls. Filmmaker Jeremy Workman has spent over a decade of friendship with Carbee compiling extensive footage and memories to provide audiences with a look into the magical universe of Carbee’s bizarre creative force.

What began as a simple trip to Maine with his girlfriend became, over time, a life-changing partnership between Workman and Carbee that culminates in this extraordinary bio-pic, a glimpse of an otherwise unknown artist’s lifelong body of work. Workman is able to come full-circle in this documentary and brings his audience along with him, revealing the astoundingly powerful role of creativity in the human mind while emphasizing the importance of mutual inspiration. Magical Universe provides a priceless look at the immeasurable wonder of creative drive and inspiration.

Director Jeremy Workman will be on hand for Q&A at this special screening event.

Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

DIY Workshop: Beaded Jewelry

March 15, 2014

$40 / $35 Intuit Member

Jewelry by Paula AddingtonLocal artisan Paula Addington will lead a hands-on workshop about the basics of beaded jewelry making. Participants will learn how to make and design necklaces and bracelets using many different types of techniques and assorted beads including resin, antique, natural stone, glass, and recycled beads. Necklace materials will be included with a limited supply of beads. Students are encouraged to BYOB (bring your own beads) by collecting old beaded jewelry that can be re-purposed or bringing new beads and pendants from local craft stores.

Intuit tours Project Onward

March 8, 2014

Free and open to the public
Location: 1200 W. 35th Street, 4th Floor

Worlds Apart exhibition at Project Onward

Cinderfrost by John Behnke

In the fall of 2013, after nearly a decade at the Chicago Cultural Center, Project Onward moved into an expansive new studio and gallery at the bustling Bridgeport Art Center. Learn about Project Onward’s mission and programs from Executive Director Rob Lentz, meet the artists and browse their amazing work, and tour the current gallery exhibits. Project Onward artist John Behnke will share insights into his extraordinary paintings featured in the exhibition Worlds Apart: Imaginary Cities and Mythical Kingdoms. Please RSVP to intuit@art.org.

RAW DRAW App Launch Party

March 6, 2014

Tickets: $5 / Free with proof of App purchase

RAW DRAW appJoin Intuit for the official launch party for our RAW DRAW iPad/iPhone app and pit your drawing skills against your friends or complete strangers! Based off the well-known surrealist drawing game, Exquisite Corpse, it is an artistic journey into chance encounters with surprising juxtapositions. Completed “corpses” will be projected for everyone to see. Creative fuel will be provided by Duvel, proud sponsor of Brewed in Belgium, and music will be provided by Intuit’s very own DJs ala Darger.