Exhibitions & Events

Photography: In the Vernacular

June 19, 2014

Free with gallery admission.

In recent years, artists, collectors, and art institutions have taken a particular interest in re-purposing found imagery created by ordinary people. Found photographs of everyday subjects provide fragments of information that ask us to use our imaginations to fill in the missing gaps in the story. What social and cultural conditions have created such an interest in using the images made by others to tell a story about the world we live in? Why use the specific as a lens for the broad? Why do these images often become Rorschach tests, seeming to reveal our own perceptual processes, lifelong assumptions and prejudices?

A panel of curators and artists will examine these questions through the rising use of vernacular photography as a point of discussion. Panelists include: Allison Grant, Chicago-based writer, artist, and assistant curator at the Museum of Contemporary Photography; Jeff Phillips, photographer, advisor to Filter Photo Festival and curator of Lost and Found; and Greg Harris, assistant curator at DePaul Art Museum and curator of Art Institute of Chicago’s special exhibit In the Vernacular. Pepper Kelly, Managing Director of Filter Photo and Executive Director of Latitude Chicago, will moderate the panel discussion.

Opening Reception & Cardboard Challenge Activity

June 7, 2014

Free and open to the public

Cardboard ChallengeDuring the Teacher Fellowship Program Exhibition reception, CodeCreate will lead young people in a Cardboard Switching Challenge inspired by the Imagination Foundation. Learn how to build simple animals, objects or machines out of cardboard which can then trigger a digital response via a uniquely written program. Lamps light! Rocket Ships Roar! Lions Growl! Participants are also invited to continue building with hundreds of youth throughout Chicago and around the world at the Global Cardboard Challenge in Chicago.

CodeCreate provides technology education workshops to youth and educators and combines years of experience in art, design and youth work from experience with the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network, Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development, gallery exhibition and engineering theory.

Refreshments and all art supplies will be provided.

2014 Teacher Fellowship Program Exhibition

June 7 - 28, 2014
Free Opening Reception: June 7, 1-4pm

Opening reception will include refreshments and family art activities.

Intuit's Teacher Fellowship Program Exhibition
Intuit proudly presents the work of students participating in Intuit’s 2013-2014 Teacher Fellowship Program. Inspired by self-taught and outsider art, students transform found materials and non-traditional materials to reflect their own visions. Teachers and students represented in the exhibition are from ten participating Chicago Public Schools.

Schools represented in this exhibition are Avalon Park Elementary School, Columbus Elementary School, Farragut Career Academy High School, Henry D. Lloyd Elementary School, Nettelhorst Elementary School, New Sullivan Elementary School, Legacy Elementary School, Mary Lyon Elementary School, John M. Palmer Elementary School and James N. Thorp Elementary School.

Gallery Talk: Secrets Behind the Search

May 29, 2014

Free and open to the public.

Jeff Phillips, curator of Lost and Found, will present an exclusive gallery talk and behind the scenes look into the world of Harry and Edna. Find out how his trip to a second hand store and his discovery of more than a thousand unmarked photographs became a social media experiment. Hear about the lucky coincidences that helped restore the identities of two enigmatic travelers, and see more of the quirky photographs that never made it to the original Is This Your Mother? Facebook page.


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!