Joseph Yoakum (American, 1886-1972).  The Mounds of Pleasure/on JA Brimms Farm Near Walnut Grove...  (detail), 1970. Ink and pastel on paper, 15 3/8 x 11 3/4 in. Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Collection

Joseph Yoakum (American, 1886-1972). The Mounds of Pleasure/on JA Brimms Farm Near Walnut Grove... (detail), 1970. Ink and pastel on paper, 15 3/8 x 11 3/4 in. Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Collection

CHICAGO -- Intuit announces that Chicago Calling will now be on view through Sunday, February 10, 2019. 2018 has been a year of remarkable transformation in the world of outsider art, with blockbuster exhibitions at big mainstream museums all over the world capturing art appreciators' attention with this under recognized genre more robustly than ever before. In turn, Intuit's Chicago Calling: Art Against the Flow exhibit has garnered a strong reception, prompting the museum to extend the exhibition another month. 

As the exhibition makes the case that Chicago is the United States epicenter for self-taught art acceptance and recognition, it's only fitting that the city's residents and visitors alike have championed it to stay at Intuit longer, before traveling overseas to European museums. 

The exhibition tours to La Halle Saint Pierre (Paris, March 23–August 2, 2019), Collection de l'Art Brut (Lausanne, March 6–August 30, 2020) and Outsider Art Museum (Amsterdam, September 2020–March 2021).

"The Art Design Chicago initiative, in general, and the Chicago Calling exhibit, in particular, have heightened Chicago's awareness of Intuit. The community now is learning that Chicago was an early mecca for outsider art enthusiasts and that Intuit, one of the premier outsider art museums in the world, is a gem of which the city can be proud. We've had such a great response to the exhibition that it just makes sense to keep it open as long as we can until we pack it up for Paris!" said Debra Kerr, executive director of Intuit. 

During this extension, Intuit will host several special Chicago Calling-focused programs, including a Piacenza-inspired cardboard construction workshop on Saturday, January 19, and a closing reception on Thursday, February 7, 2019.

Organized and traveled by Intuit, Chicago Calling: Art Against the Flow premiered at Intuit on June 29, 2018. Curated by Kenneth C. Burkhart, an independent curator, and Lisa Stone, curator of the Roger Brown Study Collection of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the exhibition tells this story through the works of 10 Chicago artists: Henry Darger, William Dawson, Lee Godie, Mr. Imagination, Aldo Piacenza, Pauline Simon, Drossos Skyllas, Dr. Charles Smith, Wesley Willis and Joseph Yoakum. 

Chicago Calling: Art Against the Flow is part of Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art exploring Chicago's art and design legacy, with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. Intuit has received funding from the Terra Foundation for American Art to support the exhibition, catalog and international travel. Additional catalog funding is provided by the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation and the Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation. 


Established in 1991, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art is one of the premier museums of outsider and self-taught art in the world, offering exhibitions; resources for scholars and students; a permanent collection of more than 1,200 works of art; the Henry Darger Room Collection; the Robert A. Roth Study Center, a non-circulating collection with a primary focus in the fields of outsider and contemporary self-taught art; and educational programming for people of all interest levels and backgrounds.

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