Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art Intuit is a premier museum of outsider art, defined as work created by artists who faced marginalization, overcame personal odds to make their artwork, and who didn't, or sometimes couldn't, follow a traditional path of art making.

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OPENING THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14—"Building a Legacy: Gifts from Susann Craig" In honor of the museum's late founder Susann C...
10/08/2021

OPENING THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14—"Building a Legacy: Gifts from Susann Craig"

In honor of the museum's late founder Susann Craig, who passed away earlier this year, Intuit opens “Building a Legacy,” an exhibition featuring works of art from its collection donated by Craig.

“Building a Legacy: Gifts from Susann Craig” features works by artists Minnie Evans, Justin McCarthy, Sister Gertrude Morgan and Albert Zahn, among others. The exhibit celebrates Craig, her passion for outsider and self-taught art, her friendship with many of the genre's renowned artists, and the long-term impact of her stewardship of Intuit.

🎟 Reserve tickets for opening weekend on Tock!

#BuildingALegacy

Image: Sister Gertrude Morgan (American, 1900-1980). Chart of Revelations 10, 11, 12, 13, c. 1970. Pen and paint on poster board, 22 x 28 in. Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, gift of Susann Craig, 2002.4

OPENING THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14—"Building a Legacy: Gifts from Susann Craig"

In honor of the museum's late founder Susann Craig, who passed away earlier this year, Intuit opens “Building a Legacy,” an exhibition featuring works of art from its collection donated by Craig.

“Building a Legacy: Gifts from Susann Craig” features works by artists Minnie Evans, Justin McCarthy, Sister Gertrude Morgan and Albert Zahn, among others. The exhibit celebrates Craig, her passion for outsider and self-taught art, her friendship with many of the genre's renowned artists, and the long-term impact of her stewardship of Intuit.

🎟 Reserve tickets for opening weekend on Tock!

#BuildingALegacy

Image: Sister Gertrude Morgan (American, 1900-1980). Chart of Revelations 10, 11, 12, 13, c. 1970. Pen and paint on poster board, 22 x 28 in. Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, gift of Susann Craig, 2002.4

Intuit is a community partner with Open House Chicago (OHC), a free annual architecture festival presented by the Chicag...
10/06/2021
Open House Chicago

Intuit is a community partner with Open House Chicago (OHC), a free annual architecture festival presented by the Chicago Architecture Center.

Discover various events, programs and behind-the-scenes tours on the OHC website, and don't forget to stop by Intuit when you tour the Near North Side.

The Chicago Architecture Center's Open House Chicago is a FREE annual festival that typically offers access to hundreds of sites across Chicago, from iconic locations to under-the-radar architectural gems.

Featuring items from Darger’s belongings found in the Henry Darger Room Collection and Archive, "Caring for a Chicago Le...
10/05/2021

Featuring items from Darger’s belongings found in the Henry Darger Room Collection and Archive, "Caring for a Chicago Legacy" focuses on the importance of place—his residence, his community—to the artist and his practice.

Seen here is a gift box with ties and handkerchiefs given to Darger by his former landlords Emil and Minnie Anschütz. Inside the box lid, the Anschützes write Darger a holiday greeting. Darger scholar and guest curator Mary Trent posits that while the artist lived a solitary life with few friends, it may have been a consequence of him growing older than his acquaintances. Darger kept this gift box, possibly as a memento of the Anschützes’ friendship and kindness to him.

#HenryDarger #CaringForAChicagoLegacy #TheRoomRevealed

Image: Installation photograph (detail) by Cheri Eisenberg

Featuring items from Darger’s belongings found in the Henry Darger Room Collection and Archive, "Caring for a Chicago Legacy" focuses on the importance of place—his residence, his community—to the artist and his practice.

Seen here is a gift box with ties and handkerchiefs given to Darger by his former landlords Emil and Minnie Anschütz. Inside the box lid, the Anschützes write Darger a holiday greeting. Darger scholar and guest curator Mary Trent posits that while the artist lived a solitary life with few friends, it may have been a consequence of him growing older than his acquaintances. Darger kept this gift box, possibly as a memento of the Anschützes’ friendship and kindness to him.

#HenryDarger #CaringForAChicagoLegacy #TheRoomRevealed

Image: Installation photograph (detail) by Cheri Eisenberg

Inez Nathaniel Walker began to draw while in prison, where an English teacher at the facility recognized her talents and...
09/29/2021

Inez Nathaniel Walker began to draw while in prison, where an English teacher at the facility recognized her talents and encouraged her work. Early in her artistic practice, Walker drew on the back of forms and newsletters using crayons, pencils and pens to create portraits of women and men with intricate hairstyles, curly eyelashes, and colorful accessories and clothing.

This portrait is one of two by Walker on view in the exhibit "Trauma and Loss, Reflection and Hope."

#InezNathanielWalker #TraumaLossReflectionHope

Image: Inez Nathaniel Walker (American, 1911-1990). Untitled (Portrait of woman with necklace) (detail), n.d. Pencil on paper, 13 7/8 x 8 1/2 in. Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, gift of Margaret Robson, 2006.25.3

Inez Nathaniel Walker began to draw while in prison, where an English teacher at the facility recognized her talents and encouraged her work. Early in her artistic practice, Walker drew on the back of forms and newsletters using crayons, pencils and pens to create portraits of women and men with intricate hairstyles, curly eyelashes, and colorful accessories and clothing.

This portrait is one of two by Walker on view in the exhibit "Trauma and Loss, Reflection and Hope."

#InezNathanielWalker #TraumaLossReflectionHope

Image: Inez Nathaniel Walker (American, 1911-1990). Untitled (Portrait of woman with necklace) (detail), n.d. Pencil on paper, 13 7/8 x 8 1/2 in. Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, gift of Margaret Robson, 2006.25.3

Applications to the museum's Teacher Fellowship Program close today!
09/27/2021
Teacher Fellowship Program - Intuit

Applications to the museum's Teacher Fellowship Program close today!

Every academic year, Intuit provides award-winning professional development to Chicago educators through its Teacher Fellowship Program.

NOW OPEN—"Caring for a Chicago Legacy"The final exhibition in the series "Henry Darger: The Room Revealed" focuses on th...
09/24/2021
Henry Darger: The Room Revealed—Caring for a Chicago Legacy - Intuit

NOW OPEN—"Caring for a Chicago Legacy"

The final exhibition in the series "Henry Darger: The Room Revealed" focuses on the importance of place—Darger's residence, his community—to his visual art and writing.

September 24–October 31, 2021 Chief Curator Alison Amick with guest curators Michael Bonesteel, Leisa Rundquist and Mary Trent

After its short summer break, One Night Stand returns next Wednesday, September 29, with a program focused on artist, mu...
09/22/2021

After its short summer break, One Night Stand returns next Wednesday, September 29, with a program focused on artist, musician and Visionary Award recipient Lonnie Holley. Take a deep dive with art educator Cade Smith into Holley's piece "You Alley Thing," a mixed media sculpture from the museum's collection on view in the exhibition "Trauma and Loss, Reflection and Hope."

Join the conversation! Register for the virtual program on Eventbrite.

#LonnieHolley #TraumaLossReflectionHope

Image: Lonnie Holley (American, b. 1950). You Alley Thing, 2007. Mixed media, 52 x 61 x 16 in. Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, gift of the artist, 2007.7.1. © 2021 Lonnie Holley / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

After its short summer break, One Night Stand returns next Wednesday, September 29, with a program focused on artist, musician and Visionary Award recipient Lonnie Holley. Take a deep dive with art educator Cade Smith into Holley's piece "You Alley Thing," a mixed media sculpture from the museum's collection on view in the exhibition "Trauma and Loss, Reflection and Hope."

Join the conversation! Register for the virtual program on Eventbrite.

#LonnieHolley #TraumaLossReflectionHope

Image: Lonnie Holley (American, b. 1950). You Alley Thing, 2007. Mixed media, 52 x 61 x 16 in. Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, gift of the artist, 2007.7.1. © 2021 Lonnie Holley / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

OPENING FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24—"Caring for a Chicago Legacy" "Caring for a Chicago Legacy" is the third and final exhibiti...
09/17/2021

OPENING FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24—"Caring for a Chicago Legacy"

"Caring for a Chicago Legacy" is the third and final exhibition in the series "Henry Darger: The Room Revealed," which draws upon the Henry Darger Room Collection and Archive to explore questions about the renowned outsider artist and his work. Featuring items from Darger's collection, "Caring for a Chicago Legacy" explores Chicago connections like the Iroquois Theatre Fire, the 1933 World's Fair and the city's architecture in Darger's visual art and writings.

Beginning October 12, Intuit will de-install the Henry Darger Room for conservation review. De-installation will take place in public view and conclude with the exhibition and series on Sunday, October 31.

Reserve tickets for opening weekend on Tock: https://www.exploretock.com/intuit

#HenryDarger #CaringForAChicagoLegacy #TheRoomRevealed

Image: Installation view of the Henry Darger Room Collection at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art. Photo © John Faier

OPENING FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24—"Caring for a Chicago Legacy"

"Caring for a Chicago Legacy" is the third and final exhibition in the series "Henry Darger: The Room Revealed," which draws upon the Henry Darger Room Collection and Archive to explore questions about the renowned outsider artist and his work. Featuring items from Darger's collection, "Caring for a Chicago Legacy" explores Chicago connections like the Iroquois Theatre Fire, the 1933 World's Fair and the city's architecture in Darger's visual art and writings.

Beginning October 12, Intuit will de-install the Henry Darger Room for conservation review. De-installation will take place in public view and conclude with the exhibition and series on Sunday, October 31.

Reserve tickets for opening weekend on Tock: https://www.exploretock.com/intuit

#HenryDarger #CaringForAChicagoLegacy #TheRoomRevealed

Image: Installation view of the Henry Darger Room Collection at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art. Photo © John Faier

Closing this Sunday, September 19, "Methods and Manipulations" highlights Henry Darger's artistic practice and technique...
09/16/2021

Closing this Sunday, September 19, "Methods and Manipulations" highlights Henry Darger's artistic practice and techniques with a focus on select themes found in his work, including his inspiration for and use of the panorama format in his visual art.

#HenryDarger #MethodsAndManipulations #TheRoomRevealed

Image: Installation photograph by Cheri Eisenberg

Closing this Sunday, September 19, "Methods and Manipulations" highlights Henry Darger's artistic practice and techniques with a focus on select themes found in his work, including his inspiration for and use of the panorama format in his visual art.

#HenryDarger #MethodsAndManipulations #TheRoomRevealed

Image: Installation photograph by Cheri Eisenberg

This month, Intuit hosts Art After Work: Hiroyuki Doi in collaboration with the Chicago Cultural Alliance as part of Jou...
09/14/2021
Home - Journey Chicago

This month, Intuit hosts Art After Work: Hiroyuki Doi in collaboration with the Chicago Cultural Alliance as part of Journey Chicago, an intercultural festival of art, ideas and performance.

Find more Journey Chicago programs here:

A citywide, intercultural festival of art, ideas, and performance. September & October 2021 Join the Chicago Cultural Alliance on a journey through Chicagoland's rich cultural diversity. With 15+ events from cultural heritage museums and centers in neighborhoods across the city, suburbs, and online,...

There's still time to apply to be an Intuit intern! Intuit seeks undergraduates, graduate students and recent graduates ...
09/13/2021
Opportunities at Intuit - Intuit

There's still time to apply to be an Intuit intern! Intuit seeks undergraduates, graduate students and recent graduates interested in gaining hands-on experience in arts administration, museums and nonprofits.

Positions open in fall 2021:
- Education
- Graphic design
- Marketing and communications
- Videography

Applications close Tuesday, September 21: https://www.art.org/opportunities/

Employment Intuit strives to be a remarkable place to work, where each team member is recognized for their talents and contributions. Thank you for your interest in joining the Intuit team! There are no available positions at the moment, but…

Hiroyuki Doi established his career as a master chef in Tokyo, creating art as a pastime until his brother's death. Find...
09/13/2021

Hiroyuki Doi established his career as a master chef in Tokyo, creating art as a pastime until his brother's death. Finding solace in his artistic practice, Doi turned to art-making as his full-time pursuit. The self-taught artist is well-known for his Circle Drawings, in which Doi draws by hand thousands of circles to create intricate compositions. 

This Thursday, September 16, teaching artist Paulina Lopez will guide Art After Work attendees through a series of mindful drawing exercises, inspired by Doi and his Circle Drawings series.  

#HiroyukiDoi #TraumaLossReflectionHope 

Image: Hiroyuki Doi (Japanese, b. 1946). Soul A, 2015. Ink on paper, 18 x 15 in. Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, gift of the artist and Yoshiko Otsuka Fine Art International, Tokyo, 2020.18. Photo by Yoshiko Otsuka.

Hiroyuki Doi established his career as a master chef in Tokyo, creating art as a pastime until his brother's death. Finding solace in his artistic practice, Doi turned to art-making as his full-time pursuit. The self-taught artist is well-known for his Circle Drawings, in which Doi draws by hand thousands of circles to create intricate compositions. 

This Thursday, September 16, teaching artist Paulina Lopez will guide Art After Work attendees through a series of mindful drawing exercises, inspired by Doi and his Circle Drawings series.  

#HiroyukiDoi #TraumaLossReflectionHope 

Image: Hiroyuki Doi (Japanese, b. 1946). Soul A, 2015. Ink on paper, 18 x 15 in. Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, gift of the artist and Yoshiko Otsuka Fine Art International, Tokyo, 2020.18. Photo by Yoshiko Otsuka.

Two weekends left to see "Methods and Manipulations," the second exhibition in the three-part series "Henry Darger: The ...
09/10/2021
Henry Darger: The Room Revealed—Methods and Manipulations - Intuit

Two weekends left to see "Methods and Manipulations," the second exhibition in the three-part series "Henry Darger: The Room Revealed." This exhibit highlights the visual culture with which Darger grew up and the source materials from which he drew inspiration.

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

The Social Justice Sewing Academy's Community Quilts are made of blocks designed by young artists from across the United...
09/09/2021

The Social Justice Sewing Academy's Community Quilts are made of blocks designed by young artists from across the United States, each block depicting a social issue significant to its creator. The Community Quilt on view at Intuit features 20 blocks, including these two, that address issues like community violence and climate change.

Visit Intuit this weekend to see the Community Quilt and other works of textile art in "Connecting Generations through Cloth" before the show closes this Sunday, September 12.

#ConnectingGenerationsThroughCloth

Image(s): Photographs of Community Quilt blocks made by SJSA artivists

Intuit President and CEO Debra Kerr and board member Jerry Stefl snap a photo at the Outsiders Outside Art Fair in Harbe...
09/05/2021

Intuit President and CEO Debra Kerr and board member Jerry Stefl snap a photo at the Outsiders Outside Art Fair in Harbert, Mich., where Intuit is hosting an informational booth this Labor Day weekend. The art fair, celebrating its 25th anniversary, is held in honor of the late Susann Craig, a founder of Intuit.

Image: Photo by Debra Kerr

Intuit President and CEO Debra Kerr and board member Jerry Stefl snap a photo at the Outsiders Outside Art Fair in Harbert, Mich., where Intuit is hosting an informational booth this Labor Day weekend. The art fair, celebrating its 25th anniversary, is held in honor of the late Susann Craig, a founder of Intuit.

Image: Photo by Debra Kerr

Happy birthday to Lee Godie! Born on this day in 1908, Godie is celebrated today as an inventive and prolific self-taugh...
09/01/2021

Happy birthday to Lee Godie! Born on this day in 1908, Godie is celebrated today as an inventive and prolific self-taught artist and Chicago's very own "French Impressionist."

#LeeGodie #FromTheCollection

Image: Lee Godie (American, 1908-1994). Untitled (Girl/portrait), n.d. Mixed media on canvas with found object, 18 x 15 in. Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, museum purchase with funds provided by Dale Taylor and Angela Lustig, 2018.1.5

Happy birthday to Lee Godie! Born on this day in 1908, Godie is celebrated today as an inventive and prolific self-taught artist and Chicago's very own "French Impressionist."

#LeeGodie #FromTheCollection

Image: Lee Godie (American, 1908-1994). Untitled (Girl/portrait), n.d. Mixed media on canvas with found object, 18 x 15 in. Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, museum purchase with funds provided by Dale Taylor and Angela Lustig, 2018.1.5

Intuit is open this Labor Day Weekend from Thursday, Sept. 2, through Monday, Sept. 6. Whether you join us at the beginn...
08/31/2021

Intuit is open this Labor Day Weekend from Thursday, Sept. 2, through Monday, Sept. 6. Whether you join us at the beginning or end of your long weekend, we hope you drop by the museum and say hello. 👋

Be sure to read our safety precautions beforehand and bring your reserved tickets and face coverings with you to Intuit. We look forward to seeing you!

#IAmIntuit

Image: Installation photograph by Cheri Eisenberg

Intuit is open this Labor Day Weekend from Thursday, Sept. 2, through Monday, Sept. 6. Whether you join us at the beginning or end of your long weekend, we hope you drop by the museum and say hello. 👋

Be sure to read our safety precautions beforehand and bring your reserved tickets and face coverings with you to Intuit. We look forward to seeing you!

#IAmIntuit

Image: Installation photograph by Cheri Eisenberg

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756 N Milwaukee Ave
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Intuit is located across the street from the Chicago Avenue Blue Line EL stop. Intuit is located near the #66 Chicago Avenue bus and the #56 Milwaukee Avenue bus.

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Established in 1991, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art (Intuit) is one of the premier nonprofit museums in the world dedicated solely to presenting self-taught and outsider art — with world class exhibitions; resources for scholars and students; a Permanent Collection with holdings of more than 1,200 works of art; the Henry Darger Room Collection; the Robert A. Roth Study Center, a non-circulating collection with a primary focus in the fields of outsider and contemporary self-taught art; and educational programming for people of all interest levels and backgrounds.

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