Slow Art Day

Saturday, April 8, 2017
1-2 p.m.
Free and open to the public

On one day each year, 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 8 at 1 p.m. to spend time on our current exhibitions, Henry Darger: Author/Artist and Henry Darger: Source Materials and discuss what you learned over coffee.

Closet Clearance Sale

Photo by Patty Carroll

Photo by Patty Carroll

VIP First Dibs: Friday, March 31, 6-8 p.m.
$20 at the door/Free for donors

Closet Clearance Sale: Saturday, April 1, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Half Price Sale: Sunday, April 2, 12-3 p.m.
Free and open to the public Saturday and Sunday

Intuit's annual Closet Clearance Sale features new, vintage and gently used upscale women’s clothing and accessories (hats, bags, shoes, belts, scarves, jewelry, etc.) donated from Chicago’s best closets. 100% of the event proceeds directly support Intuit's exhibitions, programming and educational efforts.

Donations will be accepted through March 26, 2017 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. This is an upscale sale. Please no blue jeans or ripped t-shirts. All donations are tax-deductible (you will receive a receipt upon donation). 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, March 31, 6-8 p.m. Tickets for the First Dibs Event are $20 at the door for the general public.

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


Friday, March 24, 2017
7:30 p.m.
$10 voluntary admission

The next installment of our FLAK Performance Series features High Concept Labs, an organization that provides Chicago artists with flexible, affordable space. Join us for an artistic dialogue and unforgettable experience with High Concept Labs.

Click here to learn more about High Concept Labs!

Edward M. Gómez: Investigating Unreal Realms

Saturday, March 18, 2017
2 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Photo by Cheri Eisenberg

Photo by Cheri Eisenberg

In response to Intuit’s current exhibition Unreal Realms, art critic and author Edward Gómez will examine what is meant by an artist's "vision."  How can or do we discern what a particular artist's vision might be, and why has this notion played such an important role in the history of research and collecting in the art brut/outsider art field? How do the four artists (Adolf Wölfli, A. G. Rizzoli, Ken Grimes and Charles A. A. Dellschau) whose works are included alongside Henry Darger in the exhibit offer ample and vivid evidence of each one's respective artistic vision and broader worldview? What else does each of these artist's body of work express?

EDWARD M. GÓMEZ  ( is a critic, author and contributing writer/editor for Art in AmericaArt + AuctionARTnews, the Brooklyn RailHyperallergicMetropolisSculpture, the New York Times, the Japan Times (Japan) and other publications; New York correspondent, ART & ANTIQUES Magazine (U.S.A.), New York;  senior editor, RAW VISION Magazine (U.K.), New York and London; and member of the Advisory Council/membre du Conseil Consultatif/美術館諮問機関員, Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Saturday, March 11, 2017
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$40/$35 Intuit Members

In this three-hour workshop, you will learn basic book binding techniques to get started in the book arts. We'll discuss materials, tools, and methods for making variations of books, such as pamphlets, stab bindings, and other common non-adhesive bindings, but will focus primarily on learning the Coptic Stitch. You will walk away with a small hard cover book by the end of the session!

Instruction provided by Chicago-based artist, Regin Igloria founder of North Branch Projects.

North Branch Projects uses the book arts to expand the creative reach of individuals. Dialogue is encouraged between people in an inclusive setting, making it possible for ideas to have a positive impact in the place we live. The studio community fosters an open approach to sharing work with new audiences and encourages collaboration and integration.

Learn more about North Branch Projects at

FLAK Performance Series

Thursday, February 23, 2017
7:30 p.m.
$5 suggested donation at the door

FLAK returns to Intuit for an evening of musical and improvisational performances. Join us for an unforgettable night of experimental music.

NbN Trio (Nora Barton, Billie Howard, Nomi Epstein) 
Explores sonic textures through manipulation of acoustic instruments to investigate various color combinations between instumental forces, while also creating juxtapositions of textural strata.

Weston Olencki
A New York City based trombonist and composer specializes in the performance and production of new music.

Jesse Langen
A classical and electric guitarist, seeks to push both the technical boundaries and the conceptual functions of the instruments.

Jen Hill
Makes stuff with sound, image, music, ideas, internet, jokes, etc.

Slow Flow and Self-Express Yoga

Sunday, February 19, 2017
1 p.m.
$15 suggested donation at the door

Join us for a day of yoga with the backdrop of outsider art. Ignite your creative fire with a meditative, slow flow yoga class led by Eva Baldinger. 

Stay after class for a DIY Henry Darger-inspired workshop, using found and re-used materials to create new pieces. Beginner artists and yogis are encouraged to join this exploration!

Support Wheels for Women's Interlink Foundation with a tax-deductible donation to Seva Soul in partnership with Village Cooperative Inc via Crowdrise. Click here to view the fundraiser page!

Curator Talk: Henry Darger's Writing
with Michael Bonesteel

The Henry Darger Room Collection Photo by John Faier

The Henry Darger Room Collection
Photo by John Faier

Saturday, February 18, 2017
2 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Henry Darger curator and scholar Michael Bonesteel will address some of the major issues in Darger’s epic novel, In the Realms of the Unreal, and discuss their relationship to the artwork in the exhibition he assembled at Intuit, Henry Darger: Author/Artist.

There is no question that Darger had his own “voice,” that he wrote from a definite perspective and that his personality pervaded his work. Even when he borrowed texts from other sources, he transformed them into his own vernacular. But why should we read the work of a writer who violates most of the rules of English grammar and what we are accustomed to recognize as “good literature?” Bonesteel discusses the problematic internal inconsistencies, contradictions and lapses within Darger’s Realms, as well as how his juxtapositions of fatuous humor, childish charm, sentimentalism, poignancy and graphic gore make his work so surprising, strange and somehow compelling.

Michael Bonesteel is an adjunct assistant professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the author of Henry Darger: Art and Selected Writings (Rizzoli International), the first definitive publication in English on Darger.

Valentine Portrait Slam

Art by Stephon Doby

Art by Stephon Doby

Saturday, February 11, 2017
11 a.m.-3 p.m.

We are hosting a Valentine Portrait Slam in collaboration with Project Onward! Bring your sweetheart and let Project Onward's artists create a unique masterpiece that you both will cherish.

Artists will create your portrait immediately or work from a photograph for later completion. Portraits typically are 30 minutes each.

Single Portraits:
David Holt: $40
Stephon Doby: $40
George Zuniga: $40
Fernando Ramirez: $50

Double Portraits:
David Holt: $50
Stephon Doby: $50
George Zuniga: $50
Fernando Ramirez: $60

Schedule your portrait with the artists at (708) 990-0041 or email Walk-ins also welcome! 

Project Onward is a nonprofit studio and gallery for professional artists with mental and developmental disabilities.

Learn more about Project Onward at

Intuit at Outsider Art Fair 2017

Thursday, January 19: Early access 2-6 p.m., Vernissage 6-9 p.m.
Friday, January 20: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday, January 21: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday, January 22: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street
New York, NY

Intuit is excited to return to Outsider Art Fair New York for its twenty-fifth edition. The Fair will feature more than 60 galleries from nine countries, including eight first-time exhibitors, showing work by self-taught artists from their respective regions.

We will be selling Intuit's original publications at the Fair. Stop by our booth and say hello!