Past Exhibitions

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.