Inside Out: Narrative in Disability and Outsider Art

Artwork by Charles Steffen, courtesy of Christophe Preissing

Artwork by Charles Steffen, courtesy of Christophe Preissing

Thursday, May 3, 2018
7-8:30 p.m.
Intuit, 756 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
Free via Eventbrite
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Intuit is proud to partner with NON:op and Bodies of Work to present Inside Out: Narrative in Disability and Outsider Art, a panel discussion that questions the curatorial practice of framing disabled artists as medically pathological “outsiders.” Depictions of disability have always been central to the arts. Actual disabled people, however, rarely control narratives about this imagery. This discussion is part of an international effort to cultivate a middle ground that centers disabled people both inside and outside the arts world as artists, administrators and audiences.

Alison Amick, Chief Curator, Senior Manager of Exhibitions at Intuit, Chicago
Matt Bodett, multi-media artist, Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts, Loyola University
Christophe Preissing, Artistic Director of NON:op, nephew of outsider artist Charles Steffen, Chicago
Carrie Sandahl, Director of Bodies of Work, UIC professor, artist, Chicago
Andy Slater, artist and musician, Chicago
Melissa Smith, Senior Manager of Learning at Intuit, Chicago

This panel is presented in association with NON:op’s performance, ON THE CUSP, May 4, 2018, which includes an exploration of disability representation in the historical avant-garde by artists with and without disabilities. For more information, visit

This event is wheelchair accessible and will have American Sign Language interpretation. An on-site personal assistant and restrooms that are wheelchair accessible and gender-neutral will be available. Please refrain from wearing scented products. For other disability accommodation requests, please contact Carrie Sandahl at

NON:op Open Opera Works explores timely social issues through the creation of interactive, multi-disciplinary and site-specific work.

Bodies of Work is a network of artists and organizations whose work explores the disability experience in new and unexpected ways.

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art is one of the premier museums in the world dedicated to presenting outsider art, defined as the work of artists who demonstrate little influence from the mainstream art world and who, instead, are motivated by their unique personal visions.