Exhibitions & Events


May 22, 2014

Tickets: $75
VIP Tickets: $125
A New Leaf Studio & Garden, 1820 N. Wells Street

springINTUIT 2014

Kristi Kangas
Karen Zupko

Benefit Committee:
Susann Craig
Chris LaMorte
Chris Renton
Ellie Thompson

Join us for an evening in the garden to benefit Intuit! Between visits to the Doodlebooth and photo booth, enjoy beer provided by Revolution Brewing, cocktails by Wood, coffee brewed by HalfWit Coffee Roasters, appetizers from Bite Cafe, tacos from Taco Joint and dessert from SpritzBurger. Enjoy groovy tunes provided by Chirp Radio while trying your hand in our raffle or silent auction. Raising money for your favorite outsider art center has never been this fun! VIP Ticket holders will also receive one free raffle ticket, VIP swag bag and access to VIP bar with specialty cocktail. Get yours today!

Online ticketing has closed – tickets will be available to purchase at the door.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

      HalfWit Coffee Roasters   Wood Chicago   Revolution Brewing  SpritzBurger  Chirp Radio   Taco JointDoodleboothBite Cafe

Book Signing: The Art of Secrets

May 10, 2014

Free and open to the public.

Art of SecretsChicago author and school librarian James Klise will introduce and answer questions about his new novel for teens, The Art of Secrets (Algonquin Books for Young Readers). The contemporary, Chicago-set mystery, which describes a crime and its aftermath from a dozen suspect points of view, also brings into focus the fascinating life and body of work of Chicago’s legendary outsider artist Henry Darger (1892-1973). Book-signing will take place after the discussion. Copies will be available for purchase from the Intuit Gift Shop.

James Klise is the author of Love Drugged, which won an ALA Stonewall honor and received glowing reviews. He lives in Chicago. His short stories have appeared in many journals, including StoryQuarterlyNew Orleans ReviewAscent, and Southern Humanities ReviewThe Art of Secrets is his second novel.

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.

Opening Reception: Lost and Found

May 9, 2014

Free and open to the public.

Snapshot Wheat


Join us for the free opening reception of Lost and Found: The Search for Harry and Edna and learn how one thousand photographs found in a secondhand store helped to tell the story of an anonymous couple’s past.

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

Closet Clearance Sale

May 3, 2014

Free and open to the public.

Closet Clearance Sale
Intuit’s 5th annual Closet Clearance Sale returns bigger and better than ever. Spanning two rooms, this event includes the sale of new and gently used women’s clothing, shoes, jewelry, hats, scarves, purses, and accessories donated from some of Chicago’s best closets!

Donations will be accepted at Intuit from April 8-26 and can be dropped off Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11am to 6pm. All donors will receive a free ticket to attend the VIP First Dibs event. We ask that clothes be on hangers if possible and only clean clothes in wearable condition will be accepted. All proceeds from the sale benefits Intuit and everything will be 1/2 off on Sunday, May 4 from 12-2pm. Unsold items will be donated to various charities. For questions or volunteer opportunities, please email intuit@art.org.

Help us spread the word by inviting your friends via Facebook!

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.