Past Exhibitions

Teacher Fellowship Program Student Exhibition 2021-22

June 17–July 17, 2022
Curated by Christina Stavros

Graphic with four color blocks (purple, yellow, green, and maroon), four images of student artworks, and the center white block reads: "Teacher Fellowship Program Student Exhibition 2021-2022"


IntuiTeens Community Quilt

April 7–May 30, 2022

8 quilt blocks, designed by the 2021 cohort of IntuiTeens


The Life and Death of Charles Williams

December 10, 2021–May 30, 2022
Curated by Phillip March Jones

Photograph of a pencil holder sculpture with various colored pencils and other objects stuck inside


Building a Legacy: Gifts from Susann Craig

October 14, 2021–April 3, 2022
Curated by Alison Amick

Angels and figures in brown surrounded by text


Henry Darger: The Room Revealed—Caring for a Chicago Legacy

September 24–November 28, 2021
Chief Curator Alison Amick with guest curators Michael Bonesteel, Leisa Rundquist and Mary Trent

Installation photograph of the Henry Darger Room, its fireplace and table with paint materials


Trauma and Loss, Reflection and Hope: Selections from the Collection

May 28–November 28, 2021
Curated by Alison Amick

Photograph of a boat sculpture with intricate beading


Henry Darger: The Room Revealed—Methods and Manipulations

July 23–September 19, 2021
Chief Curator Alison Amick with guest curators Michael Bonesteel, Leisa Rundquist and Mary Trent

Drawing of two young girls, one in pink and one in orange, looking over their shoulders to see a spider web on the left


The Social Justice Sewing Academy: Connecting Generations through Cloth

May 28–September 12, 2021
Organized by the Social Justice Sewing Academy

Installation photograph of two Remembrance Banners and one Community Quilt


Chicago Calling: Art Against the Flow

June 29, 2018–September 5, 2021
Curated by Kenneth Burkhart and Lisa Stone

Joseph Yoakum, Farm Near Walnut Grove. Ink and pastel on paper.


Henry Darger: The Room Revealed—Darger as Reader, Writer and Bookmaker

June 11–July 18, 2021
Chief Curator Alison Amick with guest curators Michael Bonesteel, Leisa Rundquist and Mary Trent

Photograph of an aged drawing of a girl with blonde braids wearing a pink dress, inside a wooden frame


In Focus: George Widener

February 26–May 16, 2021
Curated by Alison Amick

George Widener artwork


Pop Up: The Catalin Radios of Victor F. Keen

February 6–April 5, 2020
Curated by Alison Amick

Resin radios


Betwixt and Between: Henry Darger’s Vivian Girls

April 12–September 4, 2017
Curated by Leisa Rundquist

Darger artwork


Henry Darger: Source Materials

March 2–July 23, 2017
Curated by Alison Amick

Henry Darger source materials


Post Black Folk Art in America 1930-1980-2016

July 15, 2016–January 8, 2017
Curated by Faheem Majeed


Outsider Art: The Collection of Victor F. Keen

February 6, 2020–May 16, 2021
Curated by Alison Amick

Image from Outsider Art: The Collection of Victor F. Keen exhibition


Justin Duerr: Surrender to Survival

June 27, 2019–January 12, 2020
Curated by Alison Amick

Justin Duerr. Surrender to Survival. Pen, marker and inks on paper.


Jerry’s Map

August 15, 2019–January 19, 2020
Curated by Alison Amick

Jerry Gretzinger. Jerry’s Map. Mixed media including inkjet print, collage, acrylic, marker and ink.


Looking at You From a Distance Not Too Far: Work by Marvin Tate

August 15–October 27, 2019
Curated by Alison Amick

Marvin Tate. Lake Front Apparition. Found objects.


Gegen den Strich: Chicago Calling

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

Henry Darger. Carbon transfer, watercolor and pencil on pierced paper.


Bazaar Bizarre: Chicagos Wunderkammer

October 11, 2019–January 26, 2020
Curated by Bill Swislow
Toured in Kaufbeuren, Germany

Joe "40,000" Murphy. It’s Sock It To Me Time. Paper, newsprint, stickers on collage.