2017 Events

Collaboration in Concert with Ursa Ensemble
featuring artist Joel Javier

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Sunday, November 5, 2017
3 p.m.
Intuit
756 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL
General Tickets: $14
Reduced Tickets: $8
(Students/Seniors/Intuit Members)
Repertoire: Works by Lutoslawski, Martinu, and Webern


Ursa Ensemble’s unique Collaboration In Concert events combine live music, art creation, liberal arts education, and audience participation.  A guest artist is invited to teach our audience a few “tricks of the trade,” typically focusing on one element of their craft. For instance, a visual artist might teach the audience how to craft lines using chalk and pencil.  Then, Ursa Ensemble performs.  During this performance, audience members use their newly-taught art skills to create an art piece guided by the music they are hearing and seeing.

Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/546929872311737.

Purchase tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3084499.

 
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Sunday, November 5, 2017
noon-6 p.m.
Revolution Craft Show
Revolution Brewing Tap Room
3340 N. Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL


Join Shedd Aquarium and Intuit Teacher Fellow Rita Bramble in making a 100 percent recycled wreath using plastic debris collected from Chicago-area beaches. (All materials have been washed and are ready for your creativity!) You'll learn similar techniques to those used by the artist who created the colorful, larger-than-life aquatic animal sculptures in Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea, a limited-time exhibition now at Shedd Aquarium.

Learn more about the Washed Ashore exhibition at www.sheddaquarium.org/washedashore.

Get information about the Revolution Craft Show at www.revolutioncraftshowchicago.com.

 
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Thursday, November 2, 2017
6-8 p.m.
Intuit
756 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL
RSVP required
$5 voluntary admission at the door
Free for Intuit Members


Join us for a poetry discussion and workshop led by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. In celebration of Henry Darger’s illustrated manuscript, In the Realms of the Unreal, we will read and discuss illustrated poetry, hybrid works that graft visual art on to verse.

Participants will be guided through composing an original illustrated poem. All experience levels are welcome.

Space is limited. To reserve your spot, please email intuit@art.org.

Facebook Event Link: http://bit.ly/2yEKhze

Learn more about the Poetry Foundation at www.poetryfoundation.org.

 

Visionary Ball 2017
The Vivian Girls Journey to Germania

Benefitting Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art

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Friday, October 27, 2017
6 p.m.-the stroke of midnight
Germania Place
108 West Germania Place, Chicago, IL
Individual Ticket: $300
Table (Seats 10): $3,000


In this 125th birthday year of Chicago’s Henry Darger, please join us on our journey to Germania and help protect a land that honors...

"the right of children to play, to be happy, and to dream; the right to normal sleep of the night's season; the right to an education; that we may have an equality of opportunity for developing all that are in us of mind and heart."

-Henry Darger

We will celebrate the artist’s influence and imagination, and honor Kiyoko Lerner, Darger’s landlady and the steward of his legacy.

Event Details

6:00 Cocktails
7:30 Dinner and Award Presentations
Silent and Live Auction

Access the online silent auction HERE. Online bidding goes live Friday, Oct. 13 at noon. and will close Thursday, Oct. 26 at noon. Once closed, the leading online bid will become the starting bid in the offline auction, and only Visionary Ball attendees can continue to bid. This means that for those unable to attend the Visionary Ball but are instead bidding online only: please note that your best chance for receiving an auction item is to use the "Win-It-Now" option, otherwise event attendees may outbid you the night of. 

Costumes are highly appreciated but not required.

Paid garage parking is available onsite at Germania Place (prices variable); limited paid street parking is available on the surrounding streets. Germania Place is a 10-minute walk from both the Red Line Clark/Division subway stop and the Sedgwick stop on the Brown Line. Germania Place is also located near the #22 Clark Bus.

Germania Place is fully accessible. For questions regarding access and accommodations, please contact Intuit by email at intuit@art.org or by phone (312) 243-9088.

Facebook Event Link: http://bit.ly/2yxi7qw

Honoring

2017 VISIONARY AWARD
Kiyoko Lerner
For the last 20 years, since the death of her husband, artist Nathan Lerner, Kiyoko Lerner has been stewarding the artwork and reputation of outsider artist Henry Darger. Nathan was Darger’s landlord. Born in Tokyo, Kiyoko is a classical pianist and holds degrees and diplomas from Musashino Conservatory, the Ohio State University, New England Conservatory and Chicago Conservatory. In 1999, Kiyoko generously donated the Henry Darger Room Collection to Intuit.

TRENDSETTER AWARD
Faheem Majeed
The curator of Intuit’s 2016 exhibit, Post Black Folk Art in America, Faheem Majeed is an artist, educator and community facilitator. His current project, the Floating Museum, blends creative place-making, activism and exhibition design to make a platform for conversations and community engagement.

ADVOCATE FOR THE ARTS AWARD
Paul Levy
As vice president of the community service award-winning Prairie Management and Development, Paul Levy demonstrates care for community, building projects ranging from affordable housing for seniors and low income families to the Bridgeport Art Center, and serving as chairman of the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance.

Individual Ticket - $300

All guests will be added to a master list that will be in place at the front entrance on the night of the event. Attendees will not receive physical tickets.

Please list all guest names in the text box below.
Please also indicate beef (B) or vegetarian (V) for each guest's meal selection as well as any dietary restrictions.
If you are not able to provide accompanying guest names at the point of purchase online, you may email intuit@art.org or call (312) 243-9088 at a later date to provide this information.

Table (Seats 10) - $3,000

In addition to the VIP experience at the Visionary Ball, all VIPs will be invited to an exclusive reception and classical piano concert performed by Kiyoko Lerner in her beautiful River North home. Please register by October 1 to attend VIP Event.

Any individual who purchases a table will be listed on the Intuit website and included in the event program.

Please list all guest names in the text box below.
Please also indicate beef (B) or vegetarian (V) for each guest's meal selection as well as any dietary restrictions.
If you are not able to provide accompanying guest names at the point of purchase online, you may email intuit@art.org or call (312) 243-9088 at a later date to provide this information.

Germania Generals VIP Table - $3,000
Blengin Friends VIP Table - $5,000
Vivian Visionaries VIP Table - $10,000


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Saturday, October 21, 2017
6 p.m.
Begins at the intersection of Columbus and Balbo Drives


Arts in the Dark is a magical nighttime Halloween parade that draws together world renowned institutions like the Art Institute of Chicago, guilds of creatives like the architects assembled by Chicago’s Architectural Biennial, and aspiring artists in every field.

We'd love to have you participate in the parade on behalf of Intuit, so please email intuit@art.org to walk with us! 

This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

Facebook Event Link: http://bit.ly/2gWftk1

Learn more about Arts in the Dark: The Halloween Parade at www.cityofchicago.org.


Gallery Talk: The Art of Purvis Young

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Thursday, October 19, 2017
6-7 p.m.
Block Museum
40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL
Tickets: Free via Eventbrite


For much of his life Purvis Young (1943-2010) lived and worked in the Overtown section of Miami. His paintings, rendered in ink or paint on found materials ranging from scrap lumber, manila folders, and wallpaper books, center on a small, repeating group of images that included horses, trucks, trains, lines of people, and close-up images of the faces, sometimes behind bars. The Block Museum presents "Looking Life Right Straight in the Face": The Art of Purvis Young from September 23 - December 10, 2017. Learn more about the Block Museum at blockmuseum.northwestern.edu.

Lisa Corrin, exhibition curator and the Ellen Philips Katz Director of the Block Museum will be joined in conversation with Debra Kerr, Executive Director of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art for a gallery talk about this exhibition and the artist's life.


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Thursday, October 19, 2017
5:30-8 p.m.
Intuit
756 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL
$5 voluntary admission at the door
Free for Intuit Members
21+ Event


Come help the Intuit staff make costumes for this year's Arts in the Dark parade! We'll be participating by wearing masks inspried by Henry Darger, famed Chicago outsider artist, and dressing as characters from his epic novel. We'd love to have you walk with us! If you're interested, please email intuit@art.org to sign up.

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


Saturday, October 14, 2017
1-5 p.m.
Intuit
756 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL
Tickets: $15 via Eventbrite


Join Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, the American Indian Center and the National Cambodian Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial for a half-day workshop exploring mask cultures in American-Indian and Cambodian communities. Explore the meaning of the mask and its relevance in contemporary life with mask makers and performers, Narath Tan, Punisa Pov and more, who will share their experience with masks through live demonstrations and storytelling.

This workshop is recommended for families, especially those with young children. The workshop will take place at Intuit, located at 756 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL.

This program is a part of the Chicago Cultural Alliance's Inherit Chicago. Inherit Chicago is a city wide festival of art, ideas and performance at neighborhood heritage musuems and cultural centers. Head to inheritchicago.org for a full list of events!

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Outsider Art in NOLA and Beyond

INTUIT TRIP TO NEW ORLEANS, COASTAL MISSISSIPPI AND LOUISIANA

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October 5-10, 2017
Single Room Occupancy: $2,500
Double Room Occupancy: $1,750
Deadline to Register: September 21


Guests will take in visits to several museums and private home collections of self-taught art throughout New Orleans and the Coastal Mississippi area.   

Tours will take place at the following locations
Friday, October 6–Monday, October 9:

Ogden Museum of Southern Art
U.S. Mint Building, Soul of the South exhibition
YAYA (Young Aspirations Young Artists Inc.)
New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA)
Backstreet Cultural Museum
Anton Haardt Gallery
Walter Anderson Museum of Art (WAMA)
Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art (OOMA)
Hunter & Kevin Cole Collection and Shrimp BBQ Cookout
The Whitney Plantation Museum
Dr. Charles Smith's Artist Built Environment
Abita Mystery House (a.k.a. UCM Museum)
Several private tours of some of the most important home collections of self-taught art

Accommodation price includes a five-night stay at Ace Hotel (October 5-9), daily breakfast, NOLA dinner--Upperline Restaurant (Saturday, October 7), Cole Shrimp BBQ Cookout (Sunday, October 8), and admission plus transportation to all events.

TICKETS

Prices are based on a five-night stay; a discount will be given for anyone who needs to return on Monday, October 9.

Single Room Occupancy: $2,500
Double Room Occupancy: $1,750

Registration is now closed for this event.
 

Guests are responsible for their own airfare transportation to/from NOLA, and should plan for arrival Thursday, October 5 and departure Tuesday, October 10.

For more information, please contact Joel Javier by email at jjavier@art.org or by phone at (312) 243-9088.


Intuit Joins Floating Museum

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August-October 2017
Various locations across Chicago
Free and open to the public


Intuit is proud to join the Floating Museum! The Floating Museum will bring the Chicago River alive this August with robust, free, interactive public arts and culture programming. Celebrating the River's industrial past, the Floating Museum will transform a barge into an aesthetically striking mobile gallery filled with art crates displaying work by local artists and collaborators.

Our IntuiTeens designed an art crate inspired by Chicago outsider artist Mr. Imagination. We are thrilled to be included alongside other arts organizations and museums such as Project OnwardHyde Park Art CenterDusable Museum of African American History, and more! To view the full list of participating artists and organizations, visit floatingmuseum.org.

See the Floating Museum while it is docked at a variety of locations across the city and take part in the public programming! Visit floatingmuseum.org/river-assembly for a full program schedule and general visitor information.

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LOCATIONS
Southeast Chicago
Sky Art
August 2-4

Pilsen/Bridgeport
Park 571: Eleanor Boathouse
August 7-13

Chicago Riverwalk
River Theater
August 14-27

Navy Pier
Polk Bros. Park
August 28-October 8

About Floating Museum

Floating Museum is a collaborative art project that creates temporary, site-responsive museum spaces to activate sites of cultural potential throughout Chicago’s neighborhoods. Floating Museum engages local artists, historians, and organizations in events that challenge traditional museum thinking and generate community engagement and conversation. 


Trauma and Self-Taught Artistry:
A Lecture and Book Signing with Daniel Wojcik

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Saturday, September 30, 2017
4 p.m.
$5 voluntary admission at the door
Free for Intuit Members


Join us for a conversation with Daniel Wojcik, professor at the University of Oregon and author of Outsider Art: Visionary Worlds and Trauma

In studying the lives of people described as “outsider artists,” one notices that a number of them began creating things in response to trauma, adversity, or personal crisis. This presentation explores how selected self-taught artists have used the creative process to confront and cope with traumatic life events, sometimes in transformative ways.

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Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.

Daniel Wojcik is Professor of English and Folklore Studies, and affiliate faculty in Religious Studies at the University of Oregon.  His books include The End of the World As We Know It: Faith, Fatalism, and Apocalypse in AmericaPunk and Neo-Tribal Body Art; and Outsider Art: Visionary Worlds and Trauma, and he has published widely on the topics of apocalyptic belief, alternative spiritualities, visionary culture, subcultures, “outsider art,” and vernacular artistic expression.
Link: https://english.uoregon.edu/ profile/dwojcik


Sculptures from the Inside:
A Talk with Mark Francis and Matt Collinsworth

Mark Francis (American, b. 1960) Self-Portrait, 2014. Papier-mâché and other media. Collection of the Kentucky Folk Art Center

Mark Francis (American, b. 1960) Self-Portrait, 2014. Papier-mâché and other media. Collection of the Kentucky Folk Art Center

Saturday, September 23, 2017
4 p.m.
$5 voluntary admission at the door
Free for Intuit Members


Join us for a talk with artist Mark Francis, whose work is featured in Intuit's current exhibition Mark Francis: Sculptures from the Inside. Francis will discuss his life and work in an intimate conversation with Kentucky Folk Art Center Director Matt Collinsworth.

While incarcerated in the state of Kentucky, Mark Francis (b. 1960) created a series of graphic sculptures illustrating his new life “on the inside.” Francis, who was convicted of murder at the age of twenty-five, had suffered abuse as a child and struggled with addiction. He took an art appreciation course in prison, and shortly after began making sculptures out of materials such as toilet paper and shoe polish. Francis perfected the art of utilizing what was readily available to him in prison--constructing his own sculpting tools and papier-mâché paste. In the 1990s, he began making his series of caged figures (using mail-order wooden dowel rods), which grapple with the psychological impact of confinement and the harsh realities of prison life. His most complex sculpture, Prison Blues (2011) presents a diorama of daily life as viewed through prison jail cells.

Francis began exhibiting his work in 2004. This exhibition highlights eight examples of the artist’s work, created between 2003 and 2014, the year of his release. His sculptures often include references to time, physical confinement, and prison life – clocks, keyholes, barbed wire, rats, tattoos, and figures which nearly burst from their cells, or open themselves up to reveal their insides. Francis’ sculptures are psychological portraits that grapple with his identity as a prisoner, and bear witness to the inner struggle and anguish he experienced while incarcerated. Since his release, Francis has turned to new sources of inspiration in his work.

Special thanks to the Kentucky Folk Art Center at Morehead State University
for its generous loans of Mark Francis artworks from its permanent collection.


Art After Work: Mask Making

Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Henry Darger Room Collection, HDRC165a

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Thursday, September 21, 2017
5:30-8 p.m.
$5 voluntary admission at the door
Free for Intuit members


The countdown to this year's Arts in the Dark: The Halloween Parade is on! Join us for an evening of Darger-inspired mask making and papier mache. We'll have the materials, you make the mask!

Learn more about Arts in the Dark: The Halloween Parade at www.cityofchicago.org.


Curator Talk and Brunch with Valérie Rousseau

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Sunday, September 17, 2017
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$10 General Tickets
$5 Intuit Member/EXPO CHICAGO VIP Pass Holder
Limited seating - Advance tickets required
Light brunch included
 

Join us for a talk and brunch with Valérie Rousseau, Curator of Self-taught Art and Art Brut at the American Folk Art Museum in New York. Rousseau will provide a critical perspective on the state of self-taught art in the 21st century, through recent issues and artistic discoveries. Examples will be drawn from exhibitions, conferences and publications. Rousseau will be joined by Debra Kerr, Executive Director of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art.

To learn more about EXPO Chicago, visit www.expochicago.com.


Valérie Rousseau is Curator of Self-Taught Art and Art Brut at the American Folk Art Museum, New York since 2013, where she curated the AAMC Award–winning “When the Curtain Never Comes Down” on performance art (2015), and other exhibitions, notably “Art Brut in America: The Incursion of Jean Dubuffet” (2015), “William Van Genk: Mind Traffic” (2014), “Self-Taught Genius”, and “Bill Traylor: In Motion” (2013). Recent exhibitions included works by Eugen Gabritschevsky, Ronald Lockett, Melvin Way, Carlo Zinelli, Native American effigies, and Brazilian ex-votos. The founder and director of Société des arts indisciplinés, Montréal, from 2001 to 2007, Rousseau built an archive on art practices situated outside the art mainstream, and curated exhibitions, notably “Richard Greaves: Anarchitect” in 2006 at the Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne. Rousseau holds a PhD in Art History and a master’s degree in Art Theory, both from Université du Québec à Montréal; and a master’s degree in Anthropology from École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. She is the author of numerous publications, among them “Visionary Architectures” (The Alternative Guide to the Universe, Hayward Gallery, 2013), “Revealing Art Brut” (Culture & Musées, 2010), and Vestiges de l’indiscipline (Canadian Museum of Civilization, 2007).


FEED: to play, to be happy, and to dream
A celebration of Chicago’s Henry Darger

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Saturday, September 16, 2017
6-9 p.m.
Doors open at 6 p.m.
Seating promptly at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $65
(includes one year Intuit membership)


In celebration of Henry Darger’s 125th birthday, NON:op Open Opera WorksBodies of Workand Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art present FEED: to play, to be happy, and to dream. Local performing artists present an eclectic range of short works to honor Henry Darger's legacy from a disability culture perspective.

The evening’s performances will include five courses of food by Eric May/Easy Eats and beer courses by middle brow beer, all within a lavish visual environment.

Advance ticket purchase required (tickets will not be available at the door). If you have a limited income, and cost remains a barrier, please contact Christophe Preissing atnon@nonopera.org or (773) 418-0119 to request a reduced-price ticket. These tickets are limited so please indicate your interest early.

ORGANIZATIONS
NON:op Open Opera Works
NON:op Open Opera Works creates original interdisciplinary works and adaptations of existing works that merge and juxtapose merges music, theatre, dance, and visual forms. We partner and collaborate with venues, organization and artists to transform the artistic experience from passive to active engagement. NON:op performances and events come in all shapes and sizes, times and places, and encourage audiences and artists to interact and to create unique personal experiences.

Bodies of Work
Bodies of Work is a network of artists and organizations whose art showcases and celebrates the disability experience. From the local to the international, our bodies of work explore innovative forms of artistic expression, derived from unique bodies and minds. We explore the disability experience, advance the rights of disabled people, and widen society’s understanding of what it means to be human. We are a consortium of more than 50 of Chicago’s most recognized cultural, academic, healthcare and social service organizations, and are housed in UIC’s Department of Disability and Human Development.

Eric May/Easy Eats
Eric May is a Chicago-based chef and director of Roots & Culture, a nonprofit visual arts center in Noble Square. He was the chef at the Ox-Bow School of Art for 15 years and ran an experimental pop-up supper club, the Piranha Club, collaborating with chefs from the food and art worlds, alike. In 2015, Eric launched Easy Eats catering, cooking inventive and festive cuisine for a range of illustrious clients. And he would love to cook for you!

Middle Brow Beer
middle brow makes experimental beers in the middle west. we donate 50% of our profits to organizations who do courageous work in cities where our beer is sold. we believe the financial ethic that has defined corporate behavior for the past 30 years must be countered with an experiential ethic and since experiential wealth depends on strong communities, we work to strengthen our communities through beer and labor. drink good. do better.

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PERFORMERS
Matt Bodett
Matt Bodett lives and works in Chicago, but hails from Boise, Idaho where he received his MFA. His greatest education came from being diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder, and through that he has learned about identity, language, and healing. Since being diagnosed thirteen years ago, Bodett has sought ways to express the symptoms and struggles of having a mental illness to those who are not diagnosed. Bringing everyone together in dialogue and empathy has been his artistic mission. He is currently on the advisory board for the Institute for Therapy through the Arts and teaches for Northeastern University and Loyola University Chicago.

Photo credit: Jill Howe

Photo credit: Jill Howe

Sarah Hollenbeck
Sarah Hollenbeck has published personal essays in Dogwood and TriQuarterly. Her essay "A Goldmine" was nominated for a Pushcart and received a Notable Mention in Best American Essays 2014. She has performed at Story Club, Essay Fiesta, You're Being Ridiculous, and The Bodies of WorkFestival, among other live lit shows. Sarah is in the very early stages of writing a collection of essays that explores the experiences of women living with invisible and visible disabilities. But she’s often distracted from her writing by her day-job running Women & Children First, one of the last remaining feminist bookstores in the country. As the store's co-owner she has been featured in New CIty's Lit50 and in Publisher's Weekly Star Watch, which honors 40 young people who are making a difference in the U.S. publishing industry. Sarah is also a contributor to the forthcoming anthology NASTY WOMEN, which will be published by Picador this fall.

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Michael Herzovi
Michael Herzovi has belonged to the Access Project at Victory Gardens Theater since 1996, and is a writer and performer in their annual showcase. He performed in the ensemble for Bodies of Work in 2006. He has been a featured performer with Small Fish Radio Theatre since their inception. He has been a mentor, writer, and performer with Tellin’ Tales Theatre since 2006. In 2016 he was in the original ensemble for FREEDOM: Out of Order, produced with the Chicago Voices project of the Lyric Opera.

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Louis DeMarco
Louis DeMarco is a gifted artist, musician, designer, and writer. Autism represents both a daily challenge for Louis, and a source of his artistic inspiration. Since joining Project Onward in 2005, Louis has developed multiple creative strategies for describing and coping with the challenges of autism. From distractions and obsessions to misunderstandings and romantic disappointments, Louis catalogues his mental ups and downs with extensive charts, detailed maps, and very specific notes-to-self. Louis is also an accomplished musician and composer; the songs he writes and records address many of the same themes he explores in his visual art. Since 2005, Louis has been bass player and vocalist for the rock band DHF Express, fronted by fellow Project Onward artist Adam Hines. In 2011, Louis’ artwork was featured in the Museum of Everything’s Exhibition #4 at Selfridge’s in London, and is currently on display at the Museum of Everything at MONA in Tasmania, Australia. In 2015, Louis added public art to his resume, with a large-scale mural installation that can be seen at Chicago’s Churchill Field, along The 606. He lives with his family in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood.

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Timotheus “T.J.” Gordon
Timotheus “T.J.” Gordon, Jr. is a doctoral student and 2016-17 Illinois LEND and UCEDD Diversity Fellow at the University of Illinois at Chicago; he is pursuing a Ph.D degree in disability studies. His research interest is examining means of promoting autistic acceptance and culture in the African Diaspora (including African-American communities). Additionally, he advocates for combating police brutality against people of color with disabilities and saving special education in public schools. Gordon holds an MFA in Writing from Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta. He is also an autistic self-advocate, writer, and creator of the Black Autist, a blog that focuses on disability and autism acceptance in black communities.

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Arlene Malinowski
Arlene Malinowski is a critically acclaimed playwright, actor, and teacher. Her five critically-acclaimed autobiographical solo shows look at the intersection of disability culture and the world at large. These shows have been honored with a LA Theater Ovations Award, a 3Arts award nomination, LA Garland Award, and LA Weekly Award. She has appeared onstage in LA and Chicago, including Victory Gardens and the Goodman Theatre. She has worked as teaching artist at Chicago Dramatists and Victory Gardens, and has conducted Master Classes nationwide. She is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and an Associate Artist at 16th Street Theater in Berwyn. Her newest solo show, “A Little Bit Not Normal,” chronicles her journey through mental illness and naming it, claiming it, and standing to be counted.  

Accessibility
This event is wheelchair accessible and will have captioning (CART) and audio description. An on-site personal assistant as well as wheelchair accessible/gender-neutral restrooms will be available. Participants will be able to leave the performance space to a quieter part of the museum for less sensory stimulation. Please refrain from wearing scented products. For other accommodation requests, please contact Christophe Preissing at non@nonopera.org or (773) 418-0119.

 

Blue Star Museums Program

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May 29-September 4, 2017

Intuit is proud to be one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense. The Blue Star Museums program runs from Memorial Day, May 29, through Labor Day, September 4, 2017.

The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps - and up to five family members.

Visit arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums to find out more about the Blue Star Museums program, learn about participating museums, and plan your trip!


Intuit at Outsiders Outside Art Fair 2017

Larry John Palsson (1948-2010) Image courtesy of Judth Racht Gallery

Larry John Palsson (1948-2010)
Image courtesy of Judth Racht Gallery

September 1-3, 2017
Judith Racht Gallery
13689 Prairie Road
Harbert, MI
(269) 469-1080
 

The 22nd Annual Outsiders Outside Art Fair will take place Labor Day weekend at Judith Racht Gallery in Harbert, Michigan! The fair, which celebrates visionary, folk and outsider art, will include the following exhibitors: George Thomas, Ethnic Arts, Joel Pinkerton, Jackie's Folk Art, Ridgefield Gallery, Ellison Art Studio, Paul Hart, The Pardee Collection, Harvey's Art and Antiques, Brad and Sundie Ruppert, Carl Berger, Midwest Art and Antiques, Charlie Haskins, Danette Sperry, Cecilia Hunt, and more. Intuit will also have a booth at the fair, so stop by and say hello!

Opening Night Party:
Friday September 1, 6-9 p.m. (EST)
$25 per person for the party, first look and full weekend pass!
Music by Joe
Cash bar to benefit the Michiana Humane Society

General Admission:
Saturday, September 2, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (EST)
Sunday, September 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (EST)
$10 each day, children 12 and under are free

Visit facebook.com/judithrachtgallery for more info!

 


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27th Ward Community Gathering

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Thursday, August 31, 2017
5-7 p.m.
756 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Hosted by Intuit and Bandwith Chicago
Free and open to the community


Join the crowd.

On October 1, 2017 in Millennium Park, more than 1,000 people from all corners of Chicago will come together to perform the American premiere of David Lang’s monumental piece, crowd out. You can be one of them.

Learn the piece, join the Chicago crowd out choir, and meet your neighbors to dream about the future of art by attending a community gathering on August 31. No experience necessary. All are welcome. Be part of a once-in-a-lifetime citywide experience.

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art is proud to be a 27th Ward crowd out partner alongside Bandwith Chicago. The 27th Ward community gathering will be held at Intuit, located at 756 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL.

To learn more, visit www.crowdoutchicago.org, or email Bindu Poroori at bindu.poroori@ilhumanities.org.


Art After Work: Stitch 'n' Flix

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Thursday, August 17, 2017
5:30-8 p.m.
$5 voluntary admission at the door
21+


Unwind with us after work! Bring your own craft project and watch a movie "so bad it's good". We'll be featuring Cat-Women of the Moon (1953). Come early to get some knit or crochet help or just to mingle. 

Popcorn and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to liz@art.org if you have any dietary restrictions or themed snack suggestions. If knit or crochet isn't your thing, no worries, all portable crafts are welcome!

Public Transportation
Train - Chicago Avenue Blue Line stop
Bus lines - 66 & 56

Parking
Street parking is available along Milwaukee Avenue, Ogden Avenue, Carpenter Street and Aberdeen Street (free and metered parking). Parking tends to be easier on the weekend.

Accessibility
Intuit is wheelchair accessible. Please call ahead or ring the doorbell for front door ramp assistance.


Thursday, August 3, 2017
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Program begins at 7:30 p.m.
$5 Voluntary Admission
Popcorn and refreshments available


The Starship VII SpiderBug Video program will be accompanied by The Starship Philharmonia that will create live musical scores for the video program in full costume aboard their starship. SpiderBug is a mobile short film/video festival based in Chicago organized by multi-media artist Catie Olson, with assistance from EC Brown. SpiderBug's goal is to extend screening programs toward environments, and to incorporate other media in innovative ways.

Video Artists
Chuck Jones
Frank Pollard
Katie Kapuza
Cara Kuball
Damon Bishop
Christopher Santiago
+found excerpts from a variety of starship-themed videos

Liquid Light Show Artist
Justin Howard

The Starship Philharmonia
Sean DeSantis, Captain
Bruce Neal
Catie Olson
Chris Puente
EC Brown

To learn more about Spiderbug, visit www.spiderbug.org.


Friday, July 28, 2017
6-9 p.m.
Free and open to the public
 

"West Town Talks: Expand Your View" is an informative talk back centered on inspiring change.

Likened to the ever popular "TedXTalks" the West Town Talks will feature seven local artists from all creative sectors as they share their experiences with how using public space for creative endeavors can create change. 

This interactive and informative event will draw on how change in West Town and Chicagoland as a whole is being driven by those around you in their daily lives.

Featured Speakers Include:
Vanessa Beck: West Town Resident
Melissa Smith: Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
Shawn Smith: Shawnimals
Lauren Feece: Mixed Media Painter
Sara Dulkin: Chicago Truborn
Rich Alapack: We All Live Here
Joe Phillips: Urban Farmer, NNMS Farmesorri

This event is hosted in partnership with the West Town Chamber of Commerce. To learn more about the West Town Chamber, visit www.westtownchamber.org.


Forms & Features: Poetry Comics

Thursday, July 27, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
$5 Voluntary Admission


Join us for a poetry discussion and workshop led by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator, Maggie Queeney. In celebration of Betwixt and Between: Henry Darger’s Vivian Girls, we will read and discuss poetry comics, a hybrid form that presents the compressed, evocative language of a poem within the illustrated sequence of a comic. Participants will be guided through composing an original poetry comic. All experience levels are welcome.

Space is limited. To reserve your spot, please email intuit@art.org.

Learn more about the Poetry Foundation at www.poetryfoundation.org.


Papers of Henry Darger (American, 1892-1973), Wendy's Coloring Book, n.d., Coloring book, Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Henry Darger Room Collection

Papers of Henry Darger (American, 1892-1973), Wendy's Coloring Book, n.d., Coloring book, Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Henry Darger Room Collection

Saturday, July 22, 2017
2 p.m.
$5 Voluntary Admission
Free for Intuit Members


Join us for a talk with Jaimy Magdalena Mann, curator ofHenry Darger's Orphans and the Construction of Race. Mann will address the complicated aftermath of war, representations of race and ethnicity, Darger's thwarted real-life attempts to adopt a child and his own victimization as an orphan.

Darger's collection of source materials comprising his collages of Korean and Vietnamese "war-orphans" help provide an understanding of society's views on race, class, gender and commodification during the mid-20th century. Mann will incorporate these powerful images to create a memorable and powerful homage to Darger's life work and importance in American popular culture.

Jaimy Magdalena Mann is a Lecturer in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University.


Saturday, July 1, 2017
2 p.m.
$5 Voluntary Admission
Free for Intuit Members


In conjunction with the exhibition, Betwixt-and-Between: Henry Darger’s Vivian Girls, guest curator, Leisa Rundquist explores aspects of gender conformity and transgression in the Realms of the Unreal.  Juxtaposing the artist’s favored images of little girls from pop culture and his transformation of these representations into nude children with intersexed characteristics, Rundquist locates ways in which girlhood is constructed, resisted, and even transcended in Darger’s art.

Leisa Rundquist, an Associate Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina Asheville, received her Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2007.  Rundquist’s research is primarily concerned with the intersections of childhood, religious piety, gender, and race in the art of Henry Darger.


Panel Discussion: Doing Justice to Gender Particularities

Thursday, June 29, 2017
7-8 p.m.
$5 Voluntary Admission
Free for Intuit Members


Famed self-taught artist Henry Darger created a fantasy world of vivid imagery and mystery exploring a range of themes including gender, childhood, and sexuality. While Darger did not show his work to anyone before he died, insights can be drawn from the work and manuscripts he left behind. What are the possibilities and social nuances of reading Darger’s work? How can analyzing his work bring justice to a marginalized voice in gender re-construction? Panelists will discuss a variety of approaches to engaging Darger’s work as it addresses gender, childhood, and sexuality. Panelists include Leisa Rundquist, curator of Betwixt and Between: Henry Darger’s Vivian Girls, Adam Greteman, director of the Master of Arts in Teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Rev. M Barclay, provisional deacon and Director of Communications at Reconciling Ministries Network.

PANELISTS
Leisa Rundquist
, an Associate Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina Asheville, received her Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2007.  Rundquist’s research is primarily concerned with the intersections of childhood, religious piety, gender, and race in the art of Henry Darger. 

Adam J. Greteman, Ph.D., is Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching program and adjunct assistant professor of Art Education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His scholarship explores the historical, philosophical, and educational implications of sexuality and gender in education.

Rev. M Barclay is a provisional deacon appointed as Director of Communications at Reconciling Ministries Network where they advocate for an end to discrimination against LGBTQ persons in The United Methodist Church. Rev. Barclay received a BA in Communications in Florida before moving to Austin, Texas where they attended grad school for a Master of Divinity. M does extensive speaking, writing, preaching, and teaching on the intersections of faith and social justice. M is pansexual and a non-binary trans person who uses singular they/them pronouns. Read more about M here.

Left image: Henry Darger (American, 1892-1973), Untitled, mid-twentieth century, Altered illustrated fashion magazine page, Collection American Folk Art Museum, New York, gift of Kiyoko Lerner, 2003.7.13a / Art Resource NY © 2017 Kiyoko Lerner / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Right image: Henry Darger (American, 1892-1973), Untitled (study), mid-twentieth century, Graphite on paper, Collection American Folk Art Museum, New York, gift of Kiyoko Lerner, 2003.7.13b / Art Resource NY © 2017 Kiyoko Lerner / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Intuit at Remix Chicago

Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25
11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Intuit Workshop: June 24, 12-1 p.m.


Visit our booth at Remix Chicago and take part in our Cork-y Crafts and Bottle Caps workshop at noon on June 24!

This year Remix is collaborating with the Evanston Chamber of Commerce as part of the Chamber’s 38th Annual Evanston Chamber Artisan Summerfest (formerly Fountain Square Art Festival). Remix prides itself as being one of the area’s most authentic and unique summer events. The fair's artists transform everyday objects into some of the most creative art anywhere. 

The Evanston Chamber Artisan Summerfest, located steps away from Fountain Square, reaches about 50,000 locals each year, and features:

  • More than 160 art and recycled art and craft vendors
  • A food and wine/beverage area
  • Live music
  • Creative workshops centered around recycling themes
  • An interactive art installation

Visit www.remixchicago.com to learn more!


Horizons Creative Writing Showcase

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017
6:30-7:30 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 www.chicagohomeless.org.


Greetings! from Art After Work:
Card Collage Workshop

Thursday, June 15, 2017
5:30-8 p.m.
$5 Voluntary Admission


Have you been looking for that perfect card to send to a friend or loved one? Look no further, this month artist Ruth Hutchison will be guiding us through collaging our own greeting cards and folding handmade envelopes.

Make your greeting cards great again with your own personal flair! As always at Art After Work, no experience or supplies needed, just come and have fun!

 


Intuit at The 606 Block Party

Saturday, June 3, 2017
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Free and open to the public


It's back! The 606 Block Party returns for its third annual day-long celebration of the community spirit of The 606 trail. Enjoy lively processions, two music stages, a community-centered street festival on Humboldt Boulevard, kids activities and more!

Stop by Intuit's booth to enjoy hands-on activities inspired by the art of Henry Darger and walk away with your own temporary Darger art tattoo!

To learn more about The 606 Block Party and view the full event lineup, visit www.the606.org.



Spring Intuit: ART BREWT
A Benefit for Intuit

Monday, May 22, 2017
5:30-8:30 p.m.
THE TapRoom at Lagunitas Brewing Company
2607 West 17th Street
21+ event (beer service only)
General Tickets: $25
VIP Tickets: $75


Please join us for a night of fun, food, entertainment and beer at Spring Intuit: ART BREWT, an evening inspired by Chicago’s Henry Darger, the Vivian Girls and the botanical beauty of spring.

Come dressed in creative spring attire inspired by Darger's Vivian Girls! All proceeds benefit Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art’s programming and exhibitions.

Event highlights include:

Please note: Onsite parking is limited. Street parking is available around the brewery but ride sharing and/or public transportation is highly recommended!

TICKETS

General Ticket: $25

VIP Ticket: $75

  • Two tickets to Spring Intuit
  • One year Intuit Family/Partner Membership

SPONSORSHIP LEVELS

Friend: $250

  • Two tickets to Spring Intuit: ART BREWT
  • One year Intuit Family/Partner Membership
  • Acknowledgment on Intuit's website and social media
  • Recognition in event program and signage
  • Special mention by emcee during event announcements

Patron: $500

  • Four tickets to Spring Intuit: ART BREWT
  • One year Intuit Family/Partner Membership
  • Acknowledgment on Intuit's website and social media
  • Recognition in event program and signage
  • Special mention by emcee during event announcements

Sustainer: $1,000

  • Four tickets to Spring Intuit: ART BREWT
  • Five Spring Intuit: ART BREWT raffle tickets
  • One year Intuit Family/Partner Membership
  • Acknowledgment on Intuit's website and social media
  • Recognition in event program and signage
  • Special mention by emcee during event announcements

Benefactor: $2,500

  • Four tickets to Spring Intuit: ART BREWT
  • 10 Spring Intuit: ART BREWT raffle tickets
  • One year Intuit Family/Partner Membership
  • Acknowledgment on Intuit's website and social media
  • Recognition in event program and signage
  • Special mention by emcee during event announcements

Intuit thanks the following for their sponsorship of this event:

  • Sam Rosenberg

  • Michael Sullivan

  • David Walega and Christopher Ambroso


On the Table at Intuit: Fostering LGBTQ Inclusivity in
Chicago's Cultural Institutions

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
noon-1 p.m.
Lunchtime roundtable discussion
Free (RSVP required, limited seats available)
Lunch provided


On May 16, thousands of Chicago area residents will pull up a chair at On the Table gatherings like ours to discuss the future of our communities while sharing a meal together. Intuit will be one of thousands of locations across the Chicago region hosting similar events where community residents from all ages and backgrounds will come together to put real issues and solutions “on the table” and share their commitments to helping shape our collective future.

Let’s gather, share a bite to eat, and talk about how we can improve our community! Our conversation will focus on LGBTQ inclusivity in Chicago's cultural institutions. Facilitated by professor, artist, and filmmaker Dan Rybicky, this roundtable discussion will allow attendees to share experiences, address challenges, and propose solutions to overcoming barriers existing within our city's institutions.

We hope you will join us for what promises to be an impactful discussion! After lunch, we also invite you to explore our new exhibition, Betwixt and Between: Henry Darger's Vivian Girls.

Click here to read coverage of this event in Windy City Times!

Dan Rybicky is an award-winning filmmaker and tenured professor in Cinema Art and Science at Columbia College Chicago. He recently produced and co-directed the critically-acclaimed feature documentary Almost There, which screened at over thirty festivals in 2015 before being distributed theatrically, digitally, and on public television in 2016. After receiving his BA at Vassar College and his MFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Dan began working with and consulting in various production capacities for Martin Scorsese, John Sayles, and John Leguizamo. Dan's latest project - a short documentary about health care filmed in (and titled) Accident, MD - will be released in fall 2017.


DIY Workshop: Exploring Text and Image

April 29, 2017
1-4 p.m.
$25/$20 Intuit Members
 

Artist Hilesh Patel will lead a hands-on art workshop in conjunction with the Year of Darger. The workshop will be divided into two parts, Imaging Space and The Architecture of a Darger World. Participants will use memory recall to generate text and consider how they exist alongside image. They will explore gesture drawing and create their own imaginary spaces for silhouettes of the Vivian Girls to live.  All supplies included.


Flak Performance Series

Thursday, April 27, 2017
7:30 p.m.
$5 voluntary admission at the door


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

LINEUP
Sivan Cohen Elias
Born in Jerusalem, Sivan Cohen Elias sees herself as an interdisciplinary composer. In her work she investigates the boundaries and possibilities of integrating different art forms into a unified medium. Movement, sound, space and visual objects are sewn within themes corresponding with the failure and limitations of systems and bodies.

Ms. Cohen Elias is currently a doctoral candidate and a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University under the guidance of composers and professors Chaya Czernowin and Hans Tutschku. In 2012, Ms. Cohen Elias relocated to Germany for an 11-month fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart. In 2007, she attended the postgraduate program at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna. She holds a master’s of music with high distinctions from Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University, where she studied with composer Ruben Seroussi. Ms. Cohen Elias has participated in lessons and master classes with composers such as Brian Ferneyhough, Georges Aperghis, Pierluigi Billone, Steven Kazuo Takasugi, John Luther Adams and Rebecca Saunders, among others.

Chicago Academy for the Arts, New Music Ensemble
The CAA New Music Ensemble is comprised of five emerging composer-performers currently studying music at the Chicago Academy for the Arts. These young artists create new works by composing collaboratively and performing together, focusing on works which utilize graphic scores, electronic components, games and extended techniques. 

 Under the leadership of Jesse Langen, the CAA New Music Ensemble has become an essential presence in Chicago’s exciting new music scene. The group has performed with Eighth Blackbird at the Museum of Contemporary Art and participated in the inaugural Ear Taxi Festival this past fall. Last summer many members of the ensemble traveled to Germany to participate in the International Music Courses for New Music at Darmstadt, where they worked collaboratively with Cologne-based Studio Musikfabrik.  CAA New Music Ensemble members regularly work with world-class composers and artists, including Danny Clay, Jenna Lyle, Sivan Cohen Elias, Ray Evanoff, Pablo Santiago Chin, Fredrick Gifford, Eliza Brown, Peter Veale, Mabel Kwan, Bethany Younge and Shawn Lucas.


Slow Flow and Self-Express Yoga

Sunday, April 23, 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!


FEED Salon: to play, to be happy, and to dream
A celebration of Chicago’s Henry Darger

Saturday, April 22, 2017
6-9 p.m.
Doors open at 6 p.m.
Seating promptly at 6:30 p.m.
General Tickets: $75 (includes one year Intuit membership)
Member Tickets: $65 (must use the code "Darger" at checkout)


In celebration of Henry Darger’s 125th birthday, NON:op Open Opera Works and Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art present FEED: to play, to be happy, and to dream. Honoring Darger as a Chicagoan and outsider artist, join us as we present performances by a range of artists from the disability art and culture movement and gender fluid performers.

The evening’s performances will include five courses of food from Chicago chef Mickey Neely of Castle Door Supper Club and beer courses by Lagunitas Brewing, all within a lavish visual environment.


Art After Work:
Drawing Darger in the Galleries

Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Henry Darger Room Collection, HDRC80a

Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Henry Darger Room Collection, HDRC80a

April 20, 2017
5:30-8 p.m.
Free ($5 voluntary admission)


In this month's installment of AAW we are going straight to the source. We will be drawing like Henry Darger in the galleries using materials and resources similar to those he used to create his epic work. No drawing experience or supplies needed, just come and be ready to have fun!

The event is free only we suggest a $5 voluntary admission to support Intuit's programming.


Henry Darger's 125th Birthday Celebration

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
12 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Join us for a day-long celebration in honor of Henry Darger's 125th Birthday!

12 p.m.
Film Screening of In the Realms of the Unreal, directed by Jessica Yu

1 p.m.
Intermission: Q & A with Betsy Fuchs,
Henry Darger's neighbor

2-5 p.m.
Enjoy birthday cake and hands-on art activities inspired by Darger

5:30 p.m.
Gallery Talk with curator Leisa Rundquist

5:30-8:30 p.m.
Opening Reception for Betwixt and Between: Henry Darger's Vivian Girls


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.


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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  (www.edwardmgomez.com) 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 www.northbranchprojects.org


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.

LINEUP
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 robyn.jablonski@projectonward.org. 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 www.projectonward.org


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!