Chicago Calling Amsterdam: A Conversation Between Directors

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
12-1 p.m. central
Zoom Video Conference

Chicago Calling Amsterdam: A Conversation Between Directors

Installation photograph of Chicago Calling at Intuit

Chicago called, Amsterdam answered.

The 2018 hit exhibition Chicago Calling: Art Against the Flow finishes the last leg of its European tour in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, at the Outsider Art Museum (OAM). OAM Director Hans Looijen joins Intuit President and CEO Deb Kerr to share his impressions of Chicago Calling and take viewers behind the institution’s closed doors to show the installation. The two directors will address the complexity of the genre’s terminology and discuss why and how the Outsider Art Museum chose its name.

Chicago Calling: Art Against the Flow is part of Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

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Hans Looijen at the Outsider Art Museum with Queen Maxima
Photo © ANP / Bas Czerwinski courtesy Hans Looijen

Meet Hans Looijen

Hans Looijen is CEO of both the Outsider Art Museum, collocated at the Hermitage Amsterdam, and the Museum of the Mind, Dolhuys, Haarlem, a recently renovated space that takes visitors on a journey through 700 years of the mind’s care, thinking and imagination. Neurodiversity, equal rights and anti-stigma are at the core of the museum. In 2016, Hans founded the Outsider Art Museum to provide a Dutch venue for works of art outside the established canon of the Western art world. Throughout his career, Hans has been guided by his dedication to making museums catalysts for new perspectives and greater connectedness. He abides by the belief that museums can bring about societal change and inward reflection on long-held beliefs. Hans also serves as chairman of the Willem van Genk Foundation and an adviser to the Mondriaan Fund, the largest Dutch cultural fund.