Exhibitions & Events

Visionary Ball 2014

November 15, 2014
6:30pm

Moonlight Studios, 1446 W. Kinzie Street
Individual Tickets: $250

2014 Visionary Ball

Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Untitled #865, March 22, 1960, Private Collection

Join us in honoring Visionary Award recipient Carl Hammer at Intuit’s most important fundraising event of the year. Enjoy cocktails, Dark Horse Wine and a delicious dinner before heading into the photo booth with your friends. Try your luck in our raffle, wine grab and the live and silent auctions all while supporting your favorite art center!

Become a Host Committee Sponsor today and you (or your company!) will be listed in the program booklet. Click here to view all the perks of becoming a Host Committee Sponsor or to purchase your tickets by mail.

Online ticketing is now closed. Please purchase your tickets at the door.

Special Thanks to our Event Sponsors!

 Southwest Airlines

Ekphrastic Poetry Writing Workshop

November 6, 2014
6:30pm

Free and open to the public

Voodoo Spirits by Pierre- Louis Prospere, 1993, Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Gift of Evelyn S. Meyer, 2005.6

In conjunction with Ekphest: A Festival of Art + Word (a community wide celebration engaging poetry and visual art), Chicago-based writer RJ El will lead a writing workshop inspired by works of art from Intuit’s permanent collection. Rooted in the theme of intuitive and self-taught art, the workshop will encourage the quiet engagement of meditative consciousness with the work, and lead to a collage-like collaboration of constructing words and image from the disparate elements of reference drawn from the works of art.

Reggie Eldridge, aka RJ El, is a Chicago-based writer, emergent multidisciplinary visual artist, curator, educator and thinker. He is the Associate Director of the Chicago Slam Works House Ensemble, and teaches creative and critical writing and photography with Young Chicago Authors, Chicago Slam Works, Chicago Danztheatre and the Storyographers digital storytelling organization.

New Music Concert Series: Flak

October 30, 2014
7pm

$5 Suggested Donation

FLAKThe New Music Concert Series showcases a unification of contemporary art and music by living composers, visual artwork, and improvisation. The series will kick off with a concert of instrumental music by composers Richard Barrett, Unsuk Chin, Shawn Lucas, as well as a collaboration with composer Elia Slack involving composed music, improvisation, and material generated by the musicians themselves. The concert series is part of a new and ongoing artistic collective called Flak. This initiative is rooted in finding relationships between multidimensional artwork as well as developing material by performer collaborations. Flak embraces the performance of composed works while also seeking new and interesting ways of creating music using structured improvisation and spontaneity.

Save your seat! RSVP to intuit@art.org.

Collect-O-Rama

October 25, 2014
10am-4pm

Stanton Park Gymnasium, 618 W Scott St, Chicago
Suggested donation: $5

Collect-O-Rama
Intuit’s really big de-accession sale for collectors, hoarders and eccentrics is back and bigger than ever! Come shop for your must have piece of outsider, folk, or just plain funky art and objects. Visit collect-o-rama.com to see a few of the unique items our vendors have in store for you. Beat the crowds by getting a ticket to our First Dibs event on October 24th.

Take a break from shopping to visit our Halfwit Coffee Roaster café. Learn a new skill with a visit to our Mini Maker Party featuring DIY workstations from: IntuiTeens, YouthMuseNational Veterans Art Museum, CodeCreate, and Adler Planetarium Youth Leadership Council. Click here for Mini Maker Party workshop descriptions. Treat yourself to a portrait by Project Onward artists: Sereno “Glitterman” Wilson, George Zuniga, Jackie Cousins, Fernando Ramirez.

First Dibs: Collect-O-Rama

October 24, 2014
6-9pm

Stanton Park Gymnasium, 618 W. Scott Street, Chicago
Tickets: $15 / $10 Intuit Members

Collect-O-RamaHere is your chance to beat the crowds. Get your ticket today for VIP access to Collect-O-Rama and get first dibs on all the fabulous offerings! All VIP ticket sales benefit Intuit and will include one free raffle ticket.

Online ticketing is now closed. Tickets will be available to purchase at the door!

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.