Introduction

spring intuit: The Red Party

Thursday, June 4, 2020
5-8:30 p.m.
HINDMAN, 1338 W Lake Street, Chicago, 60607

spring intuit: The Red Party


Don your red and enjoy a special live auction experience at HINDMAN with Intuit’s Young Professionals Board!

spring intuit: The Red Party honors legendary artist Lee Godie (born Jamot Emily Godee, 1908-1994) and her famous “Red Party.” Godie was born on the northwest side of Chicago and appeared on the steps of the Art Institute of Chicago around 1968. Declaring herself Chicago’s French Impressionist, she lived, worked, and sold her paintings, drawings, and photo booth self-portraits on the streets of Chicago and in transient hotels, asserting that she “preferred to be independent,”(1) for over twenty years. Her work records her observations of the cityscape, the people of Chicago, and the natural world, and she said a red bird told her to paint. Godie developed a following among collectors, gallerists, artists and passersby, becoming perhaps the most widely collected artist in Chicago.

One early morning in the spring of 1975, a year after friends had curated a show of her works in their apartment, Godie invited several of her regular customers to gather in Grant Park for her own salon-style viewing of works for sale. Godie sang, danced and served food to her guests. The paintings prominently featured a red palette, and the event unofficially came to be known as “The Red Party.” Intuit’s Young Professionals board dedicates this spring’s benefit party in celebration of this assertive, inventive and fiercely independent artist.

All proceeds from the event help Intuit open our doors every day. As a small nonprofit art museum, your support allows us to put on preeminent outsider art exhibitions, powerful public programs and deeply impactful education initiatives. Thank you!

spring intuit Co-Chairs
Jessica Smasal
Riley Yaxley

For working artists who would like to attend, contact claire@art.org for more information.

(1) https://www.saic.edu/news/archives-2

21+ event
Tickets: $45 (purchasing opens in April)

Intuit’s Young Professionals Board thanks the following sponsors for making this event possible.


Dana Boutin and Sean Fogle
Rich Bowen
Deb Kerr and Steve Thompson
Benedicta and Martin Nordenstahl
Jessica Smasal and Bryan Wain
David Walega
Stacy Wells and Rick Farrell