Exhibitions & Events

Outside Chicago Tour: John Michael Kohler Arts Center

October 11, 2014
8am-6pm

$125 / $100 Intuit members

Photo: Kevin Sampson. Photo: Fred Scruton.

Join Intuit’s staff on a special day trip to Sheboygan, WI, where we will visit the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Enjoy a guided tour of This Must Be The Place, a series of five exhibitions inviting viewers to consider “place” as far more than a particular point on a map. Exhibitions include: Kim Morgan: Range Light, Borden-Carleton, PEI, 2010; Martin Prekop: House; Kevin Blythe Sampson: Ironbound; Building Stories; and Brent Green: Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then. Between exhibition tours, our group will also have exclusive one-on-one time with self-taught artist Kevin Blythe Sampson and a VIP behind-the-scenes viewing of permanent collection.

Event fee covers round-trip charter bus transportation, lunch and guided tours. Space is extremely limited.

FOUND: P.S. Page Me Later

October 3 - December 31, 2014
Bonus: Open December 28 & 29, 11am-6pm

Found Logo red
Page Me LaterOne snowy winter night in Chicago in early 2001, writer and This American Life reporter Davy Rothbart found a note on his windshield meant for someone else — a guy named Mario. Taken by the energy, emotion, and mystery of his find, he decided to create a handmade zine called FOUND, which would collect notes, letters, and photos plucked off the ground and the street, lost and forgotten items found by himself and a range of kindred, curious spirits.

The first issue was published that summer and quickly the annual zine (and its companion website) became an underground phenomenon, “a powerful fix for thinking voyeurs,” as the Boston Globe put it. To help spread word, Davy Rothbart and his brother Peter began a series of ambitious tours, crisscrossing the country, collecting new finds, and recruiting an army of new finders, the Johnny Appleseeds of intriguing litter.

Now, 13 years later, FOUND has received over 50,000 finds, and returns to Intuit to share this treasure trove of hidden gems from its collection: love letters, Post-it® Notes, to-do lists, Polaroids, and audio recordings, each one a hilarious, heartbreaking, and deeply insightful look into what it means to be human.

Found items are the ultimate reality programming, revealing our true nature with a total lack of self-consciousness, each one its own unique blend of magic and mystery, emotion and story. More than anything, these finds remind us that no matter how different we might appear on the outside, our sharpest fears and grandest wishes are universal.

This exhibition will also include the meticulously-crafted handmade boards from early issues of the magazine and a wall of brand-new finds contributed by you as we are inviting visitors to bring their own finds.

Museum Day Live!

September 27, 2014
11am-6pm

Museum DayFor one day only, Intuit will grant free admission to visitors who download a Museum Day Live! ticket at Smithsonian.com. In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone (and a guest) presenting a Museum Day Ticket…for free.

Visitors must present an official Museum Day Live! ticket to be eligible for free entry.

DIY Workshop: Fashion Accessories

September 27, 2014
1-4pm

Free and open to the public

IntuiTeenEnjoy a family friendly DIY workshop led by our very own IntuiTeens! Perfect for anyone who wants to tap into their desire to express themselves and learn to make objects that are fun, beautiful and functional. Drop in anytime between 1-4pm and our teen mentors will teach you how to create one-of-a-kind jewelry or a unique wallet using re-purposed materials and unconventional methods. No previous art or craft experience needed. Embrace the beauty of outsider art and come make something for your own enjoyment and expression! All ages are welcome.

Collective Soul: Outsider Art from Chicago Collections

September 19 - December 31, 2014

Collective Soul on exhibition at Intuit

Left to Right: School Teacher by William Edmonson, Collection of Karen Lennox Gallery; Untitled No. 865 by Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Collection of Stacy and Tim Bruce; Nude Seated in Garden by Drossos Skyllas, Collection of Robert A. Roth

In 1951, Jean Dubuffet’s Anticultural Positions speech at the Arts Club of Chicago brought an awareness of self-taught art to the forefront of the contemporary scene. The impact of this shift has endured, carried forward by those who appreciated the authentic expression found in self-taught art. Trained artists began to seek out and discover Chicago-based self-taught artists like Joseph Yoakum and Lee Godie. Art fairs, institutions and publications emerged, dedicated to the promotion of work by self-taught artists. Curators, galleries and collectors throughout the city came forward to champion this work and continue to do so today. Because of this long standing interest, some of the most important work in the self-taught field resides here in Chicago.

Reflecting the idiosyncratic relationship between art and collector, this survey of outsider art offers an in depth look at how Chicago collectors have and continue to influence this genre. Culled from both established and newer collections, this exhibition will expose viewers to exemplary works from private collections not often seen. Presenting works by Martín Ramírez, Henry Darger, Lee Godie and Bill Traylor hanging amidst clusters of work from artists often overlooked – but of equal quality – such as David Butler, Aldo Piacenza and Lanier Meaders.

Film Screening: The Other Brother

September 18, 2014
6:30pm

$8 / $5 Intuit Members

The Other Brother

Click the image to view the trailer.

One is an art-world insider; one lived alone in a world of art. The Other Brother intertwines familial love and loss, while confirming the profound influences of art on all our lives. This film illuminates the remarkable lives of Jesse and Tom Flowers. Jesse, solitary and troubled, found solace in little else but his art; Tom found success as an artist and a professor. Jesse’s work feels crowded, humorous and primordial; Tom’s feels open and contemporary. Viewing their paired works of art, we listen in on an artistic dialogue that transcends decades of estrangement. We witness so many layers of Jesse’s life in such artful and profound ways that ultimately we sense the man is in the room with us, flesh and blood.

This screening will be followed by a Q+A discussion with filmmakers, Kristy Higby and Mark Flowers. A special exhibition of the Flowers brothers artwork will be on view from September 2-27 at Intuit.

Gallery Talk: Past Perfect

September 13, 2014
1pm

Free and open to the public

Eileen Doman, Self Portrait

Self Portrait in Limousine, 1996, Louis-Dreyfus Family Collection

Past Perfect: The Art of Eileen Doman offers viewers an opportunity to examine what can happen when one woman pursues her “irresistible urge to paint.”

Join us as artist Eileen Doman and curator Kevin Cole discuss Intuit’s current exhibition featuring 42 paintings by Doman – many inspired by old family photographs. View examples of the artist’s work from the prestigious Louis-Dreyfus Family Collection (NY). You will be treated to a visual presentation that includes additional examples of the artist’s work, and you will have an opportunity to experience what will surely be an engaging dialogue about what it means to be a self-taught artist.

 

Film Screening: Other People’s Pictures

August 21, 2014
6:30pm

$8 / $5 Intuit Members

Other People's PicturesIn conjunction with Lost and Found: The Search for Harry and Edna, Intuit proudly presents a special screening of Other People’s Pictures. Nine obsessive collectors share an unlikely addiction: snapshots that have been abandoned or lost by their original owners and are now for sale. The film is set at New York City’s Chelsea Flea Market where, every weekend, dozens of collectors sift doggedly through piles, boxes and bins of cast-off photos, ready to pay anywhere from a few cents to hundreds of dollars for a single snapshot. They hunt for the images that feed their fantasies and quiet the voices in their heads.

See what they find and learn why they want it in this surprising look at the little-known world of vintage snapshot collecting.

Online ticketing has closed – please purchase your ticket at the door.

DIY Workshop: Paint Your Pet Portrait

August 9, 2014
1-4pm

$35 / $30 Intuit Member

Paint your PetArtist Katie Romans of Forever Furry will lead you in a workshop as you create a colorful painted portrait of your furry loved one. Step-by-step instructions for beginners will be available and experienced painters are encouraged to explore their personal style and practice different techniques.

All supplies are included just bring a clear photo of your pet.

The Strange Case of Henry Darger

Two Performances!
August 8, 7pm
August 9, 7pm

Tickets: $10 / $8 Intuit Member

Henry Darger

© Kiyoko Lerner, courtesy Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York

Back by popular request! Join us for the next stage in the development of the new and improved stage play The Strange Case of Henry Darger, written by the BBC producer Judith Kampfner.

Rolling bandages and cleaning in a hospital may be the daily routine for Henry Darger, but it is not his real life. Exploding into action when he opens the door to the room that he rents on Chicago’s North Side, it’s here that Darger devises the epic landscape of a gigantic planet where times can be golden or brutally dark. His world within the room becomes more animated as his idea for a story shapes and his confidence grows. As he paints and writes, he becomes less involved in the outside world. Never having much connection with the people around him, they begin to sense that he has checked out and they start to turn on him. They become suspicious, nervous and angry while Darger feels more and more alone, pulled into his fantasy.

This event is a staged reading starring Troy West as Henry Darger and is directed by David Kersnar, both members of the Tony award winning Lookingglass Theatre. Other cast members include: Marilyn Dodds Frank, Chance Bone, Peter Dafaria, David Weber, Jaci Kay, Philena Gilmer and Marissa Lessman.

Online ticketing for this event has closed. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.