FOUND: P.S. Page Me Later
October 3 - December 31, 2014
One snowy winter night in Chicago in early 2001, Davy Rothbart found a note on his windshield meant for someone else — a guy named Mario. Taken by the energy, emotion, and mystery of his find, he decided to create a handmade zine called FOUND, which would collect notes, letters, and photos plucked off the ground and the street, lost and forgotten items found by himself and a range of kindred, curious spirits. Now, 13 years later, FOUND has received over 50,000 finds, and returns to Intuit to share this treasure trove of hidden gems from its collection: love letters, Post-its , to-do lists, Polaroids, and audio recordings, each one a hilarious, heartbreaking, and deeply insightful look into what it means to be human.
Found items are the ultimate reality programming, revealing our true nature with a total lack of self-consciousness, each one its own unique blend of magic and mystery, emotion and story. More than anything, these finds remind us that no matter how different we might appear on the outside, our sharpest fears and grandest wishes are universal.
Collective Soul: Outsider Art from Chicago Collections
September 19- December 31, 2014
Curated by Robert Grossett and David Syrek
In 1951, Jean Dubuffet's Anticultural Positions speech at the Arts Club of Chicago brought an awareness of self-taught art to the forefront of the contemporary scene. The impact of this shift has endured, carried forward by those who appreciated the authentic expression found in self-taught art. Trained artists began to seek out and discover Chicago-based self-taught artists like Joseph Yoakum and Lee Godie. Art fairs, institutions and publications emerged, dedicated to the promotion of work by self-taught artists. Curators, galleries and collectors throughout the city came forward to champion this work and continue to do so today. Because of this long standing interest, some of the most important work in the self-taught field resides here in Chicago. Reflecting the idiosyncratic relationship between art and collector, this survey of outsider art offers an in depth look at how Chicago collectors have and continue to influence this genre.
Past Perfect: The Art of Eileen Doman
July 11- September 27, 2014
Curated by Kevin Cole
In 1993, Eileen Doman found herself restless. A suburban housewife whose daughter had just begun school, she decided to take up painting. Having no formal training, she drew inspiration from the works of Amedeo Modigliani and Vincent van Gogh, remembering them from a field trip to the Art Institute at age 15. Doman turned to photographs for subjects - painting relatives, friends, and the occasional pop culture celebrity – captured in time on canvas. She joined a local art league which opened doors to exhibitions in Chicago and L.A. By 1994, she was featured at the Outsider Art Fair in New York and was given a solo exhibition at the Ricco/Maresca Gallery later that same year. During this new career, Doman found that maintaining a place in the public eye was challenging and retreated to her painting. She worked from hundreds of collected photographs, creating artistic records of her grandmother, mother, and uncles. Doman captures a candid quirkiness that turns ordinary people and events into artistic records of Americana.
Lost and Found: The Search for Harry and Edna
May 9- August 31, 2014
Curated by Jeff Phillips
Harry and Edna were everyday people who lived extraordinary lives. They frequented fancy parties. They traveled the world. And they captured it all on film. Half a century later, their photographic journey continued by falling into the hands of Jeff Phillips. Phillips, a Chicago-based photographer, discovered the lives of Harry and Edna in 30 boxes filled with more than a thousand unlabeled Kodachrome slides at a second hand shop in St. Louis. An artist who has always been fascinated by found photographs, he bought them, wondering why these enigmatic family portraits were abandoned. Phillips began sharing the vivid and kitschy images on Facebook where he asked, “Is This Your Mother?” The unknown couple is seen at a holiday party, on a tropical cruise, posing on an iceberg in Alaska and in front of famous places. The more images he shared, the more intent he became on finding the people in the pictures. Lost and Found is a unique exhibition of photography that tells the story of a social media search party attempting to discover the identities of an anonymous couple who traveled the world more than 50 years ago. This exhibition presents the beauty, humor, and mystery of found photographs and explores the intersection of photography, social media, and our places in history.
Brewed in Belgium: The Collection of MADmusée
January 17 - May 24, 2014
Intuit is excited to collaborate with the MADmusée of Liège, Belgium, in an exhibition of artwork selected from their permanent collection. MADmusée exhibits the work of developmentally disabled artists while promoting understanding and appreciation through education, conservation and documentation. Founded in 1998, MADmusée has a commitment for research and education to enrich its distinct permanent collection, exhibitions and library, and to communicate cultural sensitivity to a wider public. In compliment to this exhibition, MADmusée has also curated a spotlight of 30 pieces culled from Intuit's Permanent Collection.