Gegen den Strich: Chicago Calling

October 11, 2019–January 26, 2020
Curated by Kenneth Burkhart and Lisa Stone
Toured in Kaufbeuren, Germany

Gegen den Strich: Chicago Calling

Henry Darger. Carbon transfer, watercolor and pencil on pierced paper.
Henry Darger (American, 1892-1973). Untitled, n.d. Carbon transfer, watercolor and pencil on pierced paper, 18 x 70 in. (45.72 x 177.8 cm). Collection of Robert A. Roth.


Gegen den Strich: Chicago Calling (Intuit’s Art Design Chicago exhibition, known in the United States as Chicago Calling: Art Against the Flow) explores Chicago’s unique history as an epicenter for outsider art.

Curated by Kenneth 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 presents intrinsic themes embodied in 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.

Organized and traveled by Intuit, the exhibition premiered at Intuit from June 29, 2018–January 6, 2019, in Chicago. The exhibition tours to Halle Saint Pierre (Paris, March 23–August 2, 2019), Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren (Kaufbeuren, Germany, October 10, 2019–January 26, 2020), Collection de l’Art Brut (Lausanne, March 13–November 1, 2020), and Outsider Art Museum (Amsterdam, June 5–September 5, 2021).

Gegen den Strich: Chicago Calling 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.

Learn more about Chicago Calling: Art Against The Flow.

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