Introduction

Art Against the Flow Summit

Art Against the Flow Summit

In support of Intuit’s Art Design Chicago exhibition, Chicago Calling: Art Against the Flow, Intuit proudly presented the Art Against the Flow Summit on November 1-3, 2018 at Intuit and the Ace Hotel Chicago.

The Summit provided a forum for the various constituents of outsider art–artists, educators, curators, dealers, collectors, students and general appreciators–to contribute to the conversations, panels and programming surrounding the role of place in the artistic output from a wide spectrum of artists.

Please use this page as a reference with video recordings, images and resources from the Summit.

Artists Marvin Tate, Faheem Majeed, Della Wells and Dr. Charles Smith captivated Summit audiences. Photo by Cheri Eisenberg

Photos from the Art Against the Flow Summit

SUMMIT SCHEDULE
Chicago Collections Crawl
Explore the private collections of three prominent outsider art collectors in Chicago.
Charter bus transportation, hors d’oeuvres, drinks and collector-led tour of each home included
Location: Depart from/return to Ace Hotel Chicago, 311 N. Morgan Street, or return to Intuit, 756 N. Milwaukee Avenue

Envisioning Intuit’s New Façade, Design in Motion Workshop for Chicago Design Week
Summit attendees are invited to participate in designing architectural elements for the façade of Intuit’s soon-to-be renovated museum building. Intuit’s building is a historic structure with a registered façade, thanks to the ornamental details of its stone window frames; however, some elements of its original façade are missing. Intuit will recreate the missing masonry, frieze and cornice using pieces designed collaboratively by members of its community and inspired by the art in its collection and by the stories of outsider artists—combining the classical with the other-ness of outsider art. Intuit invites outsider art enthusiasts to create drawings, clay models and wood carvings of “trimming” elements, which can later be reproduced and prototyped to be considered for the new façade, allowing Intuit to express some of the stories it has heard, the art-making it has witnessed and the power of the art exhibited in its interior.
Location: Intuit, 756 N. Milwaukee Avenue

Summit Meet and Greet
As a Summit attendee, you will be welcomed at Intuit to explore the exhibition Chicago Calling: Art Against the Flow and meet old and new colleagues.
Welcome remarks: Debra Kerr (executive director, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art), Rick Kogan (senior writer and columnist, Chicago Tribune), Jennifer Siegenthaler (program director, Terra Foundation for American Art)
Location: Intuit, 756 N. Milwaukee Avenue

Keynote Address and Summit Kickoff
Kenneth Burkhart and Lisa Stone, co-curators of Chicago Calling: Art Against the Flow, will be joined by Chicago We Own It curator William Swislow to kick-off the summit in a keynote address.
Speakers: Kenneth Burkhart (independent curator, New York), Lisa Stone (curator, Roger Brown Study Collection of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago), William Swislow (writer; art collector; lecturer, Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, Chicago)
Location: Ace Hotel Chicago, 311 N. Morgan Street

Keynote Address and Summit Kickoff Video Recording

Chicago & Self-taught Art
Delve into the fabric of the city of Chicago with Richard Cahan and Lynne Warren in a conversation examining how cultural conditions lend support to the development and acceptance of new art forms.
Moderator: Richard Cahan (author and publisher, Chicago)
Speaker: Nicholas Lowe (curator, Goat Island Archive and Roger Brown La Conchita CA Collection; associate professor of historic preservation, School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Lynne Warren (curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago)
Location: Ace Hotel Chicago, 311 N. Morgan Street

Chicago & Self-taught Art Video Recording 

Re-visiting Jean Dubuffet’s renowned 1951 “Anti-Cultural Positions” lunchtime lecture at the Arts Club of Chicago
Enjoy a discussion on Jean Dubuffet’s seminal text “Anti-cultural Positions,” delivered at The Arts Club in 1951, which elucidated his groundbreaking approach to auteurs–Dubuffet’s term for Art Brut artists.
Speaker: Edward M. Gómez (journalist; author; critic; curator)
Location: Arts Club of Chicago, 201 E. Ontario Street, Chicago

Revisiting Dubuffet Video Recording

Beyond Chicago: Place Influencing Artists and Artists Influencing Place
This panel serves as a forum for European partners and a U.S.-based educator to discuss the role of locale in influencing how non-mainstream artists flourish and create—and how their creative output may have impacted those regions where concentrations of artists have been embraced and celebrated.
Moderator: Debra Kerr (executive director, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art)
Speakers: Edward M. Gómez (journalist; author; critic; curator), Hans Looijen (director, Outsider Art Museum, Amsterdam), Jerry Stefl (arts educator and board education committee co-chair, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art)
Location: Ace Hotel Chicago, 311 N. Morgan Street

Beyond Chicago Video Recording

Roger Brown Study Collection Open House
Explore the Roger Brown Study Collection–a public home, archive, and Artists’ Museum assembled by Brown (an Intuit founder) as an ecosystem where works by artists from within and beyond the academic mainstream mingle and converse.
Transportation not included, staff-led tour included, bar and snacks provided
Location: Roger Brown Study Collection, 1926 N. Halsted Street

Chicago We Own It: Style and Sensibility in Chicago Collections
This discussion will explore space, place, and collectors’ personalities as expressed in collections of art in and around Chicago.
Moderator: William Swislow (writer; art collector; lecturer, Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, Chicago)
Speakers: Patric McCoy (collector; founder and president, Diasporal Rhythms), Michael Noland (artist and art collector), Jan Petry (art collector; former exhibitions chair and current board president, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art), Cleo Wilson (art collector; founder, former executive director, and past board president, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art)
Location: Ace Hotel Chicago, 311 N. Morgan Street

Chicago We Own It Video Recording

Artists of our Time
In this conversation, non-mainstream artists will discuss personal and social aspects of their work.
Moderator: Faheem Majeed (artist and curator)
Speakers: Dr. Charles Smith (artist), Marvin Tate (artist), Della Wells (artist)
Location: Ace Hotel Chicago, 311 N. Morgan Street

Artists of Our Time Video Recording

Future of the Genre: What’s next?
Panelists will discuss how they embrace non-mainframe work and if/how they might commit more fully to the inside/outside conversation, as well as discuss how the market has impacted the representation of non-mainstream artists.
Moderator: Leisa Rundquist (associate professor of art history, University of North Carolina Asheville)
Speakers: Laura Bickford (assistant curator, John Michael Kohler Arts Center), Carl Hammer (gallerist, Carl Hammer Gallery), Randy Vick (professor of art therapy, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Jenenne Whitfield (chief executive officer, The Heidelberg Project)
Location: Ace Hotel Chicago, 311 N. Morgan Street

Future of the Genre Video Recording

PARTNERS AND SPONSORS
The Art Against the Flow Summit is funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art and The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. The Summit is presented in conjunction with Intuit’s exhibition Chicago Calling: Art Against the Flow as part of Art Design Chicago, an exploration of Chicago’s art and design legacy, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

Chicago Calling: Art Against the Flow is also funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art and The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

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