2016 Past Events

Joyce Scott, author of Entwined: Sisters and Secrets in the Silent World of Artist Judith Scott

Thursday, September 1, 2016
7 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Book copies will be available for purchase
 

Join us for a book reading and signing with Joyce Scott, author of Entwined: Sisters and Secrets in the Silent World of Artist Judith Scott.

Beacon Press writes: Judith Scott was born with Down syndrome in 1943 in Cincinnati, Ohio, during a time when such children were often shipped away. But, Judy wasn't born alone. She was born with a twin. For the first seven years, the twins were inseparable, until Judy was whisked away from their shared bed to be warehoused in a state institution. 

Decades later, Joyce resolves to reunite with her sister by removing her from the institution. She enrolls her at an art center for people with disabilities, and it's there that Judy's creative passion ignites. Over the next eighteen years, Judy produces more than two hundred cocoon-like sculptures, which today are found in permanent museum and private collections around the world. Part memoir, part biography, Entwined is a poignant and astonishing story about sisters finding their voices in each other's love and through art. 

Judith Scott (American, b. 1943), Untitled (Blue Bird Pod), n.d., Mixed fibers on found objects, 13 in. x 20 in. x 17 in. Collection of Intuit: the Center for Outsider and Intuitive Art, Gift of Creative Growth Art Center, 2004.6.4

The author, Joyce Wallace Scott, is the twin sister of Judith Scott. As an educator, RN, and development specialist, she has worked for many years with children with Down syndrome and other special needs.

You can learn more about Joyce and Judith on their website www.judithandjoycescott.com; onTwitter; and on Facebook. 


Women and Black Folk Art Panel

Saturday, August 27, 2016
2-4 p.m.
Free and open to the public

With Intuit's newest exhibition Post Black Folk Art in America 1930-1980-2016 as the backdrop, panelists including Woman Made Gallery Executive Director Sydney Stoudmire and artists Shirley Hudson and Candace Hunter will host a discussion on women and black folk artists.

This programming was made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art. 


D.I.Y. Mixed Media Workshop with Shirley Hudson

Shirley Hudson (American, b. 1959). Mind Portrait (n.d.). Acrylic on board, Courtesy of the artist.

Shirley Hudson (American, b. 1959). Mind Portrait (n.d.). Acrylic on board, Courtesy of the artist.

Saturday, August 27, 2016
10 a.m.-1 p.m. 
$35/$25 Intuit Members

Self-taught local artist Shirley Hudson will facilitate a hands-on D.I.Y. workshop resulting in a one-of-a-kind mixed media work to take home.

Bio:
For Shirley Hudson, painting became a way to fight back against the hardships of her life and focus on womanhood, eroticism, and personal crisis. She was inspired by the colors of nature and people's faces, leading her to create abstract and figurative paintings. Painting was, in her mind, an essential element of self-discovery along with the poetry that she writes and performs." After a 26-year hiatus, I purchased some canvases and painted for almost 48 hours without stopping. I haven't stopped since. Painting has always been my destiny." Her work started after meeting and seeing the artwork of a barmaid at the Hothouse in 1995 who shared similar life experiences.


Thursday, August 18, 2016
6:00-10:30 p.m.
Tickets: $250
Benefits Intuit and Diasporal Rhythms

Intuit is partnering with Diasporal Rhythms for an evening of art and fine cuisine! Tickets include trolley transportation from Intuit, dinner, drinks and tours.

Jump on a trolley at Intuit and take a ride to the homes of three of Bronzeville’s most committed collectors. Patric McCoy, Dan Parker and Shyvette Williams have spent their lives in search of art honoring the African Diaspora. A visit inside their residences is a portal into Chicago's African heritage.

Click below to view further details about each collection:

Guests will tour as well as dine within the collectors' homes. Directions and parking information will be emailed to registrants upon ticket purchase.

Learn more about Diasporal Rhythms at DiasporalRhythms.org!


Art After Work: Trivia Night!

Thursday, August 18, 2016
6-8 p.m.
$5 (open to visitors 21+)


Put your art smarts to the test for our newest installment in the Art After Work series: Trivia Night! Team up with friends and answer questions from an array of art categories - you might want to brush up on your outsider art. Enjoy tasty brews provided by Metropolitan Brewing! Light refreshments and wine will also be served. A prize will be awarded to the top art appreciators.

Be on the lookout for next month's installment of Art After Work!

Sponsored by Metropolitan Brewing! Visit their website at http://metrobrewing.com/.

 


Private Eyes:
Selected Artwork from the Kinsey Institute Collection

Opening Reception: Friday, August 12, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
August 12-October 2, 2016
 

Anonymous, Man Cross Dressing, Mid 20th century, graphite and colored pencil on paper, Courtesy of the Kinsey Institute

Anonymous, Man Cross Dressing, Mid 20th century, graphite and colored pencil on paper, Courtesy of the Kinsey Institute

Curated by Blaise Cronin, Rudy Professor Emeritus of Information Science; Rebecca Fasman; Garry Milius; and Besty Stirrat, Director, Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indiana University Bloomington

Private Eyes: Selected Artwork from the Kinsey Institute Collection explores the unique characteristics of homemade erotic artifacts. The 16 one-of-a-kind items on display include drawings, paintings, prints, carved figures, and fabric crafts from the Kinsey Institute’s permanent collection of art. These artworks, spanning the naively playful to the transgressive, were intended for private consumption and created with specific individuals in mind. To date, these materials have received scant scholarly or sociological attention.

The Kinsey Institute is a research institute at Indiana University devoted to the study of human sexuality. The unique research collections include over 500,000 library and archival materials, art and artifacts, and film and photography representing more than 2,000 years of human history and experience.

For more information on the Kinsey Institute, visit www.kinseyinstitute.org.


Visit the following links to read recent coverage of this exhibition:
Chicago Reader
The Huffington Post

Intuit thanks Off Color Brewing for their sponsorship of the exhibition reception.
Visit http://www.offcolorbrewing.com/ to learn more about their brews!


Collection Unfurling with Jim & Beth Arient

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
12:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Join collectors Jim and Beth Arient as they "unfurl" some of their favorite belongings in an unfurling, a form of experimental show-and-tell where objects catalyze stories and everyone is welcome to join the conversation. Light refreshments will be served and you are encouraged to bring your own lunch.

RSVP to intuit@art.org


Almost There
Screening and Panel Discussion

Saturday, July 30, 2016
5 p.m.
$5/Free for Intuit Members


Experience the critically-acclaimed documentary Almost There alongside the filmmakers behind its creation. Almost There is a coming of (old) age story about 84-year-old Peter Anton, a Midwestern outsider artist, living in isolated and crippling conditions whose world changes when two filmmakers discover his work and storied past. Through his struggle we see his art motivate and heal him through the pain of poverty, disability and isolation.

After the screening, join filmmakers Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden for a question and answer panel to explore the stories, experiences and themes raised by the film. 

To view the trailer and learn more about Almost There visit:https://www.kartemquin.com/films/almost-there


Saturday, July 23, 2016
2 p.m.
Free and open to the public


Join curator Faheem Majeed as he discusses Intuit’s 25th Anniversary exhibition Post Black Folk Art in America 1930-1980-2016. The exhibition examines the art and impact of the Corcoran Gallery of Art's significant 1982 exhibition,Black Folk Art in America 1930-1980. The artists comprising Intuit's exhibit will include both those featured in the original show and contemporary African American voices from Chicago and beyond.

Faheem Majeed is a full-time practicing artist who explores civic-mindedness, community activism and institutionalized racism through both his art and his community involvement. This curatorial conversation will situate the exhibition historically while also bringing to light the larger themes and forces through which the art is created and the artists are motivated.

To learn more about curator and artist Faheem Majeed visit his website:http://www.faheemmajeed.com/


Art After Work:
DI-Wine Cork Art & Jewelry

July 21, 2016
6-8 p.m.
$5 admission
21+ Event


Are you ready to “wine” down your week and uncork your weekend with some wearable art?  At our DI-Wine workshop, you can come have your wine and wear it too, because cork art is back at Art After Work. We've popped the chardonnay and saved the corks so you can sip, mingle and create your own cork coasters, necklaces and key chains. Because we're beer lovers too, we've also collected bottle caps so you can accessorize with buttons that bling and start your Friday with flair.

About Art After Work
Art After Work is a new monthly series of drop-in art making and mingling inspired by Intuit exhibitions and the works of outsider artists. Art After Work is a 21+ event held at Intuit on select Thursday evenings from 5:30-8 p.m. Join the conversation by tagging @IntuitArtCenter in your photos and including the hashtag #ArtAfterWork


Insider Tours of Outsider Collections
July: Mike & Cindy Noland's Home

Saturday, July 16, 2016
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Members Only Event
Free for Godie Groupies Level Members and up!


Our home tour series celebrates summer in historic Woodstock at the home of Mike and Cindy Noland, who have actively collected self-taught art for the past 36 years. Work covering their home floor to ceiling includes pieces from renowned outsider artists such as William Hawkins, Popeye Reed, S. L. Jones and William Dawson, all of whom have been close friends of the Nolands. A contemporary artist and teacher whose extensive collection inspires him on a daily basis, Mike Noland will also open his studio to visitors as part of this special tour. 

Guests will be treated to a collector-led tour and light refreshments.


Chicago Modern Orchestra Project: 
PROVOCATION/CONFLICTS

Friday, July 15, 2016
7-8:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public


Salvation
Pride
Faith
Challenges
Truth
Humility
The Fallen
Forgiveness

FAQtet, a chamber ensemble of the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project, will present the totem score
PROVOCATION/CONFLICTS during an unforgettable performance at Intuit. Inspired by the writings of Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, FAQtet approaches the issues of ethics, God, and faith through creating sonic landscapes inspired by the themes of salvation, pride, faith, challenges, truth, humility, the fallen and forgiveness.

Led by celebrated composer Renee Baker, PROVOCATIONS/CONFLICTS uses Kierkegaard’s writings as a springboard to explore the religious and cultural themes present in the Post Black Folk Art in America exhibition.

This performance coincides with the opening reception for Intuit's newest exhibition: "Post Black Folk Art in America 1930-1980-2016", curated by Faheem Majeed. Click to learn more about the exhibition and reception!

Learn more about the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project and Renee Baker here.


Thursday, June 30, 2016
7-8 p.m.
Free and open to the public
 

Join the Poetry Center of Chicago at Intuit for the June installment of the Six Points Reading Series!

In 2016 the Poetry Center continues to move to a variety of rotating locations throughout Chicago and celebrate the community partnerships they have developed as a result. Their readings are always free and open to the public.

This month they Center is pleased to welcome H. Melt and Kush Thompson. Curated and hosted by Danielle Susi.

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H. MELT is a poet and artist whose work proudly documents Chicago's queer and trans communities. Their writing has been published many places including the Offing, Lambda Literary, and THEM, the first trans literary journal in the United States. They are the author of The Plural, The Blurring.

KUSH THOMPSON is a political-romantic poet, author, womanist, painter, & teaching artist. The Chicago Reader voted her runner-up best local poet of 2014 and was named one of The Root's 2015 Young Futurists. Her work has been recently featured in Poetry Magazine and The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. Kush is the co-founder of The Lady Church initiative where she hosts monthly meetings devoted to womyn empowerment and healing. Her debut chapbook, A Church Beneath the Bulldozer, was published with New School Poetics in 2014.

Click here to learn more about the Poetry Center!


Tuesday, June 28, 2016
6-7:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public
 

Join Intuit for a night of poetry and prose showcasing the voices of Chicago families experiencing homelessness. Each piece is written and performed by a participant of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) Horizons Creative Writing Workshops. The workshop’s participants are invited to reflect upon various poems, essays, and writing prompts to then craft a creative work of their own. Horizons is staffed by Wayne Richard, Assistant Director of Training and Development at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, along with yearly interns from the Adler University.

Learn more about the Horizons Creative Writing Program and the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless at http://www.chicagohomeless.org/

Click here to visit the Facebook event page!


Intuit's 25th Anniversary Celebration

June 10, 2016
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public
 

Twenty-five years is officially considered a generation, and here at Intuit, we are launching our second generation on June 10. That’s right! This quirky, edgy art place--known by such titles as hidden gem, funkiest museum in Chicago, a best-kept secret and even a top-10 Chicago art museum--is 25 years old!

The evening will include:

  • Cake and refreshments
  • Live music
  • Open mic to share our favorite Intuit moments
  • Free Member raffle
  • Access to current exhibitions

Celebrate with other friends of Intuit this Friday!


Saturday, June 18, 2016
6-9 p.m.
Tickets $70/$50 Intuit Members
Includes performance, food, and libations


Inspired by the self-portraits and French impressionist stylings of Lee Godie, NON:op Open Opera Works, and partners Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Eric May’s Piranha Club/Roots & Culture, and Revolution Brewing, present the 2nd annual FEED Salon.

FEED: Tastings in Food, Performance and Imagination, juxtaposes Lee Godie’s self-portrait photography and charismatic costumes with outlandish combinations of music, video and performance by NON:op; modern & traditional French street fare by Piranha Club; and tasty beer courses by Revolution Brewing in an evening happening you don’t want to miss!

Doors open at 6 p.m. with seating at 6:30 p.m.

For tickets: FEED.brownpapertickets.com. Intuit Members receive $20 off when you enter the code GODIE. Tickets not available at the door.


May 24-June 26, 2016
Reception: Thursday, June 16, 2016
Intuit Performance Space


Intuit is proud to host the Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) Parent Art Show Pop-Up!

Mothers from four Chicago public schools present work that speaks to family, history, and dreams. Through their work with Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education,
nd community builders who strive to break barriers that exist in their schools, families, and ever-changing communities.

Featuring work from:

  • Telpochcalli Elementary
  • Waters Elementary
  • North-Grand High School
  • Washington High School


The CAPE Parents Program
CAPE engages students, inspires teachers, and demonstrates impact by weaving the arts into academic classrooms. We partner teaching artists with Chicago Public Schools teachers to develop original, creative lesson plans that use visual and performing arts to teach traditional classroom subjects, both during and after school.

In 2010, CAPE began supporting parent art classes at schools where we have an after-school program. These classes help parents develop technical, creative, and language skills through art making and community building, and lead to greater involvement by these parents in their children's schools, neighborhoods, and Chicago at large.

Visit http://www.capeweb.org/ to learn more about CAPE!


Art After Work:
Elevated Childhood Art

Thursday, June 9, 2016
5:30-8 p.m.
21+ Event


Join Intuit for the second installment of our Art After Work series when we get nostalgic about the craft projects of our elementary school past!

In celebration of the Teacher Fellowship Program Exhibition, the night will be full of elevated childhood art projects such as Kool-Aid dyed noodle art mosaics, scratchboard continuous line drawings and of course, play dough sculpted masterpieces.

Enjoy all the fun of creating like a kid again along with friends and drinks while exploring selected student works in the 2015-16 Teacher Fellowship Program Exhibition.

Mark your calendars for the next Art After Work July 21, to DI-Wine with Intuit Uncorked!

About Art After Work
Art After Work is a new monthly series of drop-in art making and mingling inspired by Intuit exhibitions and the works of outsider artists. Art After Work is a 21+ event held at Intuit on select Thursday evenings from 5:30-8 p.m. Join the conversation by tagging @IntuitArtCenter in your photos and including the hashtag #ArtAfterWork


Map Making for Mavericks

Saturday, May 28, 2016
1-4 p.m.


Maps are more than means of finding your way home. They reflect our relationship to the most familiar places and allow us to get a little lost in the process. For centuries, artists have doubled as cartographers, infusing a bird’s eye view with the textures seen only from the street. Outsider artists from Henry Darger to Courttney Cooper remind us that every map reveals something about the person who makes it. To celebrate the closing of Zinzinnati Ohio USA: The Maps of Courttney Cooper, Intuit is hosting a workshop inviting you to take your place within this tradition and become a maverick map maker. Join us to create your own renegade work of art that might and might not help you make it to your next destination on time.

Supplies are included or feel free to bring your own.

Instructor: Deb Fitzsimmons


Flak at Intuit

Thursday, May 26, 2016
7:30-9 p.m.


It's music. It's art. It's unlike any performance you've seen before...It's Flak at Intuit! 
Another incredible Flak performance will be at Intuit May 26! Three burgeoning artists combine visual and auditory elements into unique performances, curated by artist and musician Shawn Lucas. Beer and wine will be served on a donation basis.

Owen Davis | NOISE
www.owen-davis.com

Ellen McSweeney & Sam Scranton | Excerpts from a new work for percussion, tabletop violin, and voices
http://www.ellenmcsweeney.net/
http://samscranton.com/

Renee Baker | Hidden Inside the Invisible: Body, beauty, and nonconformity
reneebakercomposer.net
chicagomodernorchestraproject.org
http://www.billdoggettproductions.com/CH125.html


Spring Intuit: Arabian Nights

Monday, May 23, 2016
7 p.m.-Midnight
Masada Restaurant
2206 North California Avenue at the California Blue Line stop

Please join the Intuit Visionaries for a night of Mediterranean food and dancing at Logan Square’s Masada Restaurant! Come dressed to impress (costumes encouraged) and enjoy music, a silent auction and specialty cocktails inspired by The Arabian Nights with other art lovers. All proceeds benefit Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, the only museum in the United States dedicated solely to the presentation of outsider art!

All tickets include:

  • "Taste of the Mediterranean" Dinner
  • Complimentary beer provided by Begyle Brewing
  • Intuit Individual Membership (One-Year)
  • Silent auction access, featuring local art experiences and works by Chicago artists

VIP Ticket $75
Includes: Parking, one signature cocktail, and a private tour of Intuit with Executive Director Debra Kerr,
*Attendees will not receive a physical ticket (name/quantity of tickets purchased will be placed on front door guest list).

Regular Ticket $45
*Attendees will not receive a physical ticket (name/quantity of tickets purchased will be placed on front door guest list).


Insider Tours of Outsider Collections
May: Jim and Beth Arient's West Suburban Home

Saturday, May 21, 2016
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Members Only Event
Free for Enthusiast Members and up!
 

Intuit’s 25th anniversary home visit series continues with Jim and Beth Arient, board members of the Folk Art Society of America. For more than 35 years, the Arients have traveled the United States collecting works by self-taught American artists. Join them in their suburban home to see a vast collection of work by the Rev. Howard Finster, S.L. Jones, Carl McKenzie, Georgia Blizzard, Sam Doyle, and Chicago artists William Dawson and Derek Webster, to name a few. Of particular interest are stories of the Arient's adventures meeting the artists and collecting their works. Transportation to Naperville is on your own, but Intuit is happy to facilitate carpooling, if needed.

Guests will be treated to a collector-led tour and light refreshments.


Art After Work:
Pillow Talk & Portraits

Thursday, May 19, 2016
5:30-8 p.m.
21+ Event

Awaken your inner artist at the inaugural Art After Work meetup at Intuit! Drop in after work to grab a drink, mingle and find inspiration in the pillow and photographs of Intuit's current exhibition, "Lee Godie: Self-Portraits".

Incorporate paint, pens, markers and other found materials to create a unique pillow design that's sure to be a conversation starter. Or grab a costume and channel Godie's iconic style and personality in our vintage photo booth to capture and embellish your own self-portrait. All art supplies will be provided.

About Art After Work
Art After Work is a new monthly series of drop-in art making and mingling inspired by Intuit exhibitions and the works of outsider artists. Art After Work is a 21+ event held at Intuit on select Thursday evenings from 5:30-8 p.m. Join the conversation by tagging @IntuitArtCenter in your photos and including the hashtag#ArtAfterWork.


#BYOG (Bring Your Own Godie):
Celebrating Lee's Legacy Open Mic Night

Photo by John Demian

Photo by John Demian

Thursday, May 12, 2016
7-9 p.m.
Free and open to the public


“I can’t. My hair’s on fire,” Lee Godie told more than a few potential customers she didn’t like the looks of—and there are plenty more stories where that came from! 

From the late '60s through the early '90s, Lee Godie was seen as well as heard. Anyone who passed her on Chicago’s sidewalks knew buying one of her self-portraits was no silent auction. To honor Godie's signature wit while revisiting her visual legacy, Intuit is hosting #BYOG Open Mic Night. Consider this your personal invitation to bring in your original Godie artwork, share your best Godie stories—and maybe even muster a good impression—among those with their own unforgettable encounters of a legendary Chicago fixture.  Have a bad case of stage fright?—no worries—liquid courage will be served!  Audience members will be treated to an exclusive screening of select interviews from Tom Palazzolo and Kapra Fleming’s upcoming film documentary, “Lee Godie, Chicago’s French Impressionist."


Flak Performance Series Presents:
A Program of Experimentation & Improvisation

Thursday, April 28, 2016
7:30 p.m.

Great art begins with experimentation and improvisation.  This installation of Flak Performance Series celebrates the ambitious and experimental nature of art by presenting a program with composers Monte Weber, Ben Davis, and Shawn Lucas.

PROGRAM
Monte Weber (composer)
Kontrol-Breath
Ben Davis (composer) with Nick Meryhew & Ryan Zerna
THIS IS DAVIS
Shawn Lucas (artist - composer)
Feedback Romance
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Flak is a monthly performance art series taking place at Intuit. The series promotes local and non-local artists, including young artists developing their craft to professionals heavily engaged in their fields. Past performances have included: theatrical presentations, large sculpture installations, improvisation, masked theater, contemporary "classical" music, movement, screaming, singing, destroying, whipping, self-surgery, and much more. Flak is dedicated to providing a stage for artists or ensembles who are experimental in nature and sensitive to how various dimensions of a performance can be combined, juxtaposed, and energetically intertwined.

Flak, now in its second year, is curated by artist and composer Shawn Lucas. The 2015-16 season will continue the series' mission to develop programs with new performing artists from around Chicago and beyond. More news always coming up, new guest artists, new works, new all the time. Keep up with the series on Shawn Lucas's website at ShawnMLucas.com


Slow Art Day 2016

Saturday, April 9, 2016
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public

One day each year – April 9 in 2016 – people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly. Participants look at three to five works of art for 10 minutes each and then meet together over lunch to talk about their experience. That’s it. Simple by design, the goal is to focus on the art and the art of seeing. In fact, Slow Art Day works best when people look at the art on their own slowly and then meet up to discuss the experience (though some hosts decide to do the discussion right in the gallery).

Join Intuit on April 9 at 11:00 a.m. to spend time on our current exhibitions, Lee Godie: Self-Portraits and Zinzinnati Ohio USA and discuss what you learned over coffee.


Insider Tours of Outsider Collections
April: Marjorie and Harvey Freed's Home

Saturday, April 16, 2016
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Members Only Event
Free for Enthusiast Members and up!
 

In celebration of Intuit's 25th anniversary, Intuit brings back its popular tour series with monthly visits to private Chicago collections—for members only.

This month, we’ll visit the collection of Marjorie and Harvey Freed. Longtime residents of Lincoln Park, the Freeds began collecting outsider art in the early 1970s. Their three-story rehabbed row house is home to an extensive array of outsider art, including works by Henry Darger, Bill Traylor, the Rev. Howard Finster and many others.   Among the surprises is a pair of Louis Sullivan iron gates (ca. 1893) from the Chicago Stock Exchange. The collection includes a variety of early William Dawson carvings as well as some later drawings that are not to be missed!


DIY Visionary Craft Workshop:
‘Lee Godie’-fy Your Own Photo Booth Self-Portraits

Saturday, April 9, 2016
1-4 p.m.

Forget smart phone selfies for a moment. Come take a turn in our vintage photo booth and reinvent your image with paint, colored pencils and ballpoint pens, the same tools famed self-taught artist Lee Godie used to manipulate her own self-portraits into something worthy of a modern art gallery. Under the guidance of Chicago artist and film maker Tom Palazzolo, you’ll stylize your photo into original artwork you can take home then sell to the masses later.

Tom Palazzolo is a film and media artist well-known for his short documentary films. He was showcased at the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing in November and December of 2010. In a unique combination of cinema-veritesometimes tinged with touches of surrealism, Tommy Chicago( his nom de plume) has produced numerous short documentary snapshots of eccentric Chicago characters such as the Chicken Man, the Tattooed Lady,  the Pigeon Lady, as well as the unveiling of the Picasso Sculpture in the Civic Center, and the 68 Democratic convention riots.  In the early 70’s he produced a series of films centered around the ritual’s surrounding marriage, the best known “Ricky and Rocky” about a back yard wedding shower, has been shown widely.    In recent years he has moved on to surrealist/ expressionist narrative films such as Caligari’s Cure, whose subtext may be read as a documentary on the school of the Art Institute of Chicago, Palazzolo’s alma mater, and where he taught film.  The art school is parodied as an asylum for misfits.

His films have shown at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Whitney Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art , Chicago and numerous other venues in the US and Europe.  Palazzolo has received grants from:  the Illinois Arts Council The American Film Institute, the NEA and the Andy Warhol foundation.


Closet Clearance Sale

VIP First Dibs: Friday, April 1, 6-8 p.m.
$15/Free for donors

Closet Clearance Sale: Saturday, April 2, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Half Price Sale: Sunday, April 3, 12-2 p.m.
Free and open to the public Saturday and Sunday


Intuit's annual Closet Clearance Sale features new and gently used women’s clothing and accessories (hats, bags, shoes, belts, scarves, jewelry, etc.) donated from Chicago’s best closets.

Donations will be accepted through March 25 and can be dropped off at Intuit (756 N Milwaukee Avenue) Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 12-5 p.m. Items should be in clean, wearable condition and on hangers. All donations are tax-deductible. The value of your items is determined by you.

All donors of clothing items receive a free ticket to the VIP First Dibs event on Friday, April 1, 6-8pm. Tickets for the First Dibs Event are $15 at the door for the general public.

Any remaining items will be half price on Sunday, April 3, 12-2 p.m.


Flak Performance Series: A Program of Movement and Sound

Thursday, March 24, 2016
7:30 p.m.


Intuit is proud to present the second installment in the 2015-16 season of the Flak Performance Series.

Eliza Brown
CelloPiece

CelloPiece is a devised music-theater work for amplified solo performer. The movement material is derived from the physical posture and gestures of cello playing, but the solid presence of a cello, which would shield the body and contextualize these movements, is missing. This absence amplifies the vulnerability of performance and allows the gestures to be organized both compositionally (as though they were musical material) and narratively. The sounds of movement, breath, and vocalization are picked up by four contact mics taped to the skin, and are then minimally processed and amplified.

Jessica Cornish, Eryka Dallenbach & Richard Schlude
Bridges - concept developed by Jessica Cornish

Bridges, a work in progress, brings together engineering, dance, film, city planning, and sound design. Six months of field work, which started in the Fall of 2015, will produce a film as well as a site-specific performance and a staged work navigating two of Chicago’s historic moveable bridges to be premiered in Fall 2016.

Seth Parker Woods
Yi Feng, composed by Ge Gan-Ru, for solo cello

Ge Gan-ru’s music reflects his deep interest in amalgamating Eastern and Western musical aesthetics. He writes, “I try to combine contemporary Western compositional techniques with my Chinese experience and Chinese musical characteristics to create a unique and highly individual sound world.”

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Flak is a monthly performance art series taking place at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art in Chicago. The series promotes local and non-local artists, including young artists developing their craft to professionals heavily engaged in their fields. Past performances have included: theatrical presentations, large sculpture installations, improvisation, masked theater, contemporary "classical" music, movement, screaming, singing, destroying, whipping, self-surgery, and much more. Flak is dedicated to providing a stage for artists or ensembles who are experimental in nature and sensitive to how various dimensions of a performance can be combined, juxtaposed, and energetically intertwined.

Flak, now in it's second year, is curated by artist and composer Shawn Lucas. The 2015-16 season will continue the series' mission to develop programs with new performing artists from around Chicago and beyond. More news always coming up, new guest artists, new works, new all the time. Keep up with the series on Shawn Lucas's website at ShawnMLucas.com


Insider Tours of Outsider Collections
March: Susann Craig's Home

Photo by Kendall Reeves

Photo by Kendall Reeves

Saturday, March 19, 2016
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Members Only Event
 

Please join us for a private tour of local collector Susann Craig’s Logan Square loft, designed by famed architect Jeanne Gang and featuring an outstanding collection of outsider and self-taught art. Launched in celebration of Intuit’s 25th anniversary, this tour marks the first in a series of monthly visits to private Chicago collections designed to bring the gallery experience home. A founding member of Intuit, Craig served as an early champion of William Dawson, many of whose pieces adorn her walls and brighten cozy nooks. Her collection also includes art by Emery Blagdon, Sister Gertrude Morgan and Lee Godie while showcasing an array of work by Chicago artists as well as crafts culled from her travels around the globe.


Gallery Talk: Untapping the Woolsey's Caparena

Photo by John Faier

Photo by John Faier

Saturday, March 19, 2016
3 p.m.


Join curator David Syrek and collector Bill Swislow for a gallery talk on Caparena: The Clarence and Grace Woolsey Figures. Learn the story behind the Woolseys' enigmatic bottle cap figures and hear the curator's thoughts about reuniting the figures in this unique installation.


Mapping the Terrain:
Opportunity and Ethics for Artists with Disabilities
Gallery Talk & Panel Discussion

Image courtesy Visionaries + Voices

Image courtesy Visionaries + Voices

Saturday, March 12, 2016
3 p.m.
Free and open to the public


Join us for a gallery walk with Matt Arient, curator of "Zinzinnati Ohio USA: The Maps of Courttney Cooper", followed by a panel discussion focused on the topics of opportunity and ethics for artists with disabilities. Community-based studio programs for artists with disabilities are internationally recognized as dynamic new centers for outsider art, and the artists they support have attained widespread success. The exhibition “Zinzinnati Ohio USA: The Maps of Courttney Cooper” opens up important questions about the ways artists with disabilities interpret and navigate the world around them—including the art world.  This panel discussion addresses some of the ethical, economic and social issues raised by pursuing art and commerce in the context of disability art studios. Deb Kerr (Intuit’s executive director) moderates, with panelists Krista Gregory (Visionaries + Voices), Randy Vick (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Rob Lentz (Project Onward) and Savneet Talwar (SAIC and Creatively Empowered Women).


Museum Day Live! March 2016

Saturday, March 12, 2016
11 a.m.-6 p.m.


For one day only, Intuit will grant free admission to visitors who download a Museum Day Live! ticket. In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday,Smithsonian Magazine's 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.


Alien Mask + Movie Magic Workshop

Saturday, March 12, 2016
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Free with Museum Day Live! sign-up

Go face-to-face with a Martian by becoming one! Come create an alien mask while hearing from Adler Planetarium's astronomers about what it would be like to live on Mars and other planetary climates. Then take a digital space walk with your Martian mask and a little green screen movie-magic. Admission free with Museum Day Live sign-up. All supplies provided with a big thanks to The WasteShed Chicago, planet habitation is first-landed, first-settled.

Be sure to check out the WasteShed for all of your arts, craft, and teaching needs! The WasteShed seeks to provide Chicago with an organized, affordable, and reliable resource for repurposed art, craft, and school materials, and with a dynamic center for activities pertaining to sustainability, art, craft, education, and material culture. Visit their website atthewasteshed.com or in person at 914 N. California Avenue.

Click here to see the Martian Madness movie created during the workshop!


Sci-Fi Film Screening: Battle Beyond the Sun

Thursday, March 10, 2016
7-8:30 p.m.
 

Get galactic with a rare screening of the 1962 science-futuristic film Battle Beyond the Sun, featuring a vision of the could-be 1997 expedition from earth exploring the great space (and species!) beyond the sun. Popcorn provided, retro-futuristic fantasies fulfilled for free.

Presented in partnership with Adler Planetarium.


Flak Performance Series: 
Viola Yip + Alex Temple and Katie Doyle

Thursday, February 18, 2016
7:30 p.m.
 

Viola Yip performs Kurt Schwitters’s (1887-1948) "Ursonate"

Kurt Schwitters, "Ursonate" composed between 1922-1932

"Ursonate" is a sound poem by artist Kurt Schwitters in which organized phonetics are spoken by the performer in a rhythmic and musical fashion. The spoken vocabulary consists of bizarre and nonsensical phonetics, linked together to form an energetic merger of poetry and musical composition. The score for "Ursonate" is conveyed in a way that allows the performer a great deal of freedom; thus, every performance is highly subjective and displays a performer's unique style, energy and artistic personality. This installment of Flak Series will welcome Viola Yip, a Hong Kong-born, New York-based composer and performer, who will perform her own rendition of the first movement of "Ursonate".

About Viola Yip:
A native of Hong Kong, Viola Yip is a New York-based composer, performer and concert curator who is interested in finding new ways to create music as well as presenting music of our time. As a composer, her recent interest is creating works incorporating our learned musicality and physicality outside conventional instrumental playing. She actively performs and curates concerts under her project “I Speak Music”, commissioning and presenting music written for our shared human natural voice(s). She is dedicated to developing new repertoire for this specific vocal type and exploring its expressivity and virtuosity in music.

Alex Temple and Katie Doyle perform their original collaborative work "Insides", a performance piece that uses technology, sound and audience interaction to explore issues of patience, consent, intimacy and #wreckage.

About Alex Temple:
A sound can evoke a time, a place or a way of looking at the world. Alex Temple (b. 1983) writes music that distorts and combines iconic sounds to create new meanings, often in service of surreal, cryptic or fantastical stories. In addition to performing her own works for voice and electronics, she has collaborated with performers and ensembles such as Mellissa Hughes, Timothy Andres, the American Composers Orchestra, Cadillac Moon Ensemble and Spektral Quartet. She’s currently working on a DMA at Northwestern University and writing a podcast-opera about TV production company logos and the end of the world.

Flak is a monthly performance art series taking place at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art in Chicago. The series promotes mostly Chicago-based artists, ranging from young artists developing their craft to professionals heavily engaged in their fields. Flak is dedicated to Intuit’s mission to celebrate the power of outsider art and to providing a stage for experimental Chicago artists to work in intuitive, multidimensional platforms outside of their creative norms.


Intuit at Outsider Art Fair 2016

Thursday, January 21: Early access 2-6 p.m., Vernissage 6-9 p.m.
Friday, January 22: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday, January 23: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday, January 24: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.


Intuit is excited to return to Outsider Art Fair New York for its twenty-fourth edition. The Fair will feature works from over 50 international galleries installed at the Metropolitan Pavillion in Chelsea. We will be selling Intuit's original publications at the Fair. Stop by our booth and say hello!

Click here for more information on the Outsider Art Fair.