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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Intuit introduces its inaugural paid fellowship program for emerging BIPOC museum professionals! The Intuit Summer Fello...
04/19/2021
Intuit Summer Fellowship - Intuit

Intuit introduces its inaugural paid fellowship program for emerging BIPOC museum professionals! The Intuit Summer Fellow will work alongside senior managers on ongoing projects and participate in public programs and professional development workshops.

Applications are due Sunday, May 2, 2021. Learn more about the position here: https://www.art.org/intuit-summer-fellowship/

INTUIT SUMMER FELLOWSHIP Aiming to encourage greater diversity in the museum field, the Intuit Summer Fellowship Program is a summer work opportunity for students enrolled in state, city and community colleges in Chicago from backgrounds that have traditionally been underrepresented…

Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts, a documentary by Jeffrey Wolf about the celebrated self-taught artist, opens today, April ...
04/16/2021
Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts

Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts, a documentary by Jeffrey Wolf about the celebrated self-taught artist, opens today, April 16, in select theaters and virtual cinemas nationwide, thanks to Kino Lorber. The film shares the story of Traylor's life and art through archival footage and photographs, balanced with insightful perspectives from his family members.

Find a theater here: http://kinomarquee.com/traylor

This illuminating documentary tells the incredible story of Bill Traylor, a former slave who turned to drawing at age 85, creating colorful, strikingly modernist work that eventually led him to be recognized as one of America’s greatest self-taught artists and the subject of a Smithsonian retrospe...

Henry Darger-inspired happenings continue tomorrow with art historian Leisa Rundquist as she launches her new book at In...
04/13/2021
Book Launch with Leisa Rundquist

Henry Darger-inspired happenings continue tomorrow with art historian Leisa Rundquist as she launches her new book at Intuit. Register here:

"The Power and Fluidity of Girlhood in Henry Darger’s Art" by Leisa Rundquist launches at Intuit.

We are happy to share that we extended our weekend hours! The museum will now be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday thro...
04/12/2021
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art - Chicago, IL | Tock

We are happy to share that we extended our weekend hours! The museum will now be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Reserve timed-entry tickets for this weekend on Tock: https://www.exploretock.com/intuit

Established in 1991, Intuit is one of the premier museums in the world dedicated to presenting outsider and self-taught art, defined as work created by artists who did not, or sometimes could not, follow a traditional path of art-making, using materials at hand to realize their artistic vision. The....

04/12/2021
OUTSIDER, inspired by Henry Darger

OUTSIDER, inspired by Henry Darger
a short film by Pascal Gary and Philippe Cohen Solal.
Animation movies directed by Gabriel Jacquel
Original music by Philippe Cohen Solal & Mike Lindsay.
Duration: 32 minutes

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À l'occasion de l'accrochage du Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris, des anniversaires de la naissance et de la disparition d'Henry Darger, le MAM et Philippe Cohen Solal proposent un événement en ligne gratuit dédié à l'artiste mythique et mystérieux le 12 avril à 19h sur http://outsideronline.co

Co-hôtes: The Intuit Center (Chicago), Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago), La Collection de l'Art Brut de Lausanne, Le LaM (Lille), The Museum of Everything, Le Musée International des Arts Modestes (Sète).

En avant-première, sera diffusé le court métrage OUTSIDER, variation filmée et animée de l’album composé sur les paroles inédites écrites par Darger.

Les mots et l’imaginaire singulier d'Henry Darger sont mis en musique par Philippe Cohen Solal (Gotan Project) et Mike Lindsay (Tunng) au fil d’un album luxuriant, qui porte haut les couleurs d’une pop baroque riche en arrangements fantastiques et détails étonnants. Les teintes vives et les collages d’OUTSIDER épousent les reliefs de mélodies mémorables.
En direct depuis le Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris et en liaison avec le Intuit de Chicago, où a été reconstituée la chambre de l’artiste, Philippe Cohen Solal présentera ce nouveau volet du projet musical et transmédia.

Une production ¡Ya Basta! Records

Pour en savoir plus :
http://outsideronline.co
https://www.mam.paris.fr/.../exposition-henry-darger-jeux...
https://www.facebook.com/MAMParis
Album OUTSIDER déjà disponible sur ¡Ya Basta! records - en écoute ici:
http://smarturl.it/outsiderdarger
Podcast disponible ici : http://smarturl.it/outsider.podcast

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To celebrate the anniversaries of Henry Darger's birth and death and the hanging of his work in the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris (MAM), the MAM and Philippe Cohen Solal are offering an online event dedicated to the legendary and mysterious artist on the 12th of April at 7pm (Paris time) 12-noon (Chicago time) - on https://outsideronline.co

Co-hosted by Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art (Chicago), Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago) La Collection de l'Art Brut (Lausanne), The Museum of Everything, Le LaM (Lille), Le Musée International des Arts Modestes (Sète).

Henry Darger’s words and imagination are put to music by Philippe Cohen Solal (Gotan Project) and Mike Lindsay (Tunng) in a luxuriant album, which carries baroque pop colours through rich, fantastic arrangements and amazing details. The bright hues and collages of OUTSIDER marry the reliefs of memorable melodies.

Philippe Cohen Solal will present part of the musical and transmedia project “OUTSIDER, inspired by Henry Darger”, live from the MAM and in partnership with the Intuit Center of Chicago where the artist’s room has been recreated.

A ¡Ya Basta! Records production

Find out more:
http://outsideronline.co
The Outsider album is already available on ¡Ya Basta! records - listen here:
http://smarturl.it/outsiderdarger

Chicago-born, world-renowned outsider artist #HenryDarger collaged, drew, painted and wrote the story of the Vivian Girl...
04/12/2021

Chicago-born, world-renowned outsider artist #HenryDarger collaged, drew, painted and wrote the story of the Vivian Girls from his one-room home studio. After his death in 1973, Darger's landlord donated the contents of his space to Intuit in 2000, including clippings, tracings, and architectural elements, fixtures, and furnishings, which have been on exhibition at the museum since 2008.

Inspired by the outsider artist and a visit to the Henry Darger Room, award-winning French musician Philippe Cohen Solal composed OUTSIDER, an album and transmedia project honoring Henry Darger. In celebration of the artist's birthday today, join us at outsideronline.co/ at noon central time as Cohen Solal performs an excerpt from the project live from Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris.

Photo © John Faier

Chicago-born, world-renowned outsider artist #HenryDarger collaged, drew, painted and wrote the story of the Vivian Girls from his one-room home studio. After his death in 1973, Darger's landlord donated the contents of his space to Intuit in 2000, including clippings, tracings, and architectural elements, fixtures, and furnishings, which have been on exhibition at the museum since 2008.

Inspired by the outsider artist and a visit to the Henry Darger Room, award-winning French musician Philippe Cohen Solal composed OUTSIDER, an album and transmedia project honoring Henry Darger. In celebration of the artist's birthday today, join us at outsideronline.co/ at noon central time as Cohen Solal performs an excerpt from the project live from Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris.

Photo © John Faier

Intuit recognizes the dedicated work Senior Manager of Learning and Engagement Paula Santos does for the institution and...
04/09/2021
Arts Workers Built Aid Networks to Get Through the Pandemic. Now Some Are Becoming Permanent as Help Remains Nowhere in Sight

Intuit recognizes the dedicated work Senior Manager of Learning and Engagement Paula Santos does for the institution and the greater museum community.

Read about her work with the Museum Workers Relief Fund in this recent artnet article:

Many of the fundraisers closed their wallets in December, but the need for help has continued. That's why others are sticking around for good.

Photos from Outsider Art Fair's post
04/06/2021

Photos from Outsider Art Fair's post

Beginning today, the Chicago Cultural Alliance hosts its annual Activating Heritage conference this week with a focus on...
04/06/2021
Activating Heritage | Presented by The Chicago Cultural Alliance

Beginning today, the Chicago Cultural Alliance hosts its annual Activating Heritage conference this week with a focus on fostering inclusion and anti-racism. Learn about the conference and its schedule of panels, presentations and workshops with Chicago arts and culture leaders here: https://activatingheritage.org/.

Fostering Inclusion and Anti-Racism Presented by the Chicago Cultural Alliance April 6th through 10th, 2021 Presented Virtually via Zoom Activating Heritage is an annual professional development conference for the members of the Chicago Cultural Alliance and other cultural heritage professionals. Le...

Join Intuit at noon this Wednesday, April 7, for Chicago Calling Amsterdam: A Conversation Between Directors. Director o...
04/05/2021
Chicago Calling Amsterdam: A Conversation Between Directors

Join Intuit at noon this Wednesday, April 7, for Chicago Calling Amsterdam: A Conversation Between Directors. Director of Museum van de Geest Hans Looijen joins Intuit President and CEO Deb Kerr to share his impressions of Chicago Calling and behind-the-scenes access to the Outsider Art Museum's installation of the exhibition.

Chicago called, Amsterdam answered.

George Widener employs a mathematical and mechanical approach to his creative process, incorporating analytical and expr...
04/02/2021

George Widener employs a mathematical and mechanical approach to his creative process, incorporating analytical and expressive elements. This cipher, written in one of the many notebooks the artist kept, shares a glimpse into his art-making practice.

On exhibition at Intuit, In Focus: George Widener presents a breadth of the artist's oeuvre with drawings, notebooks and large-scale mixed-media works of art from 1999 to 2018.

Image: George Widener (American, b. 1962), Notebook #2 (detail), c. 1999. Mixed media in notebook, 3½ x 5 in. (closed). Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, gift of the artist, 2020.14

Learn how Chicago arts organizations amplify Black art and artists at a program hosted by The Black Metropolis Research ...
04/01/2021
BMRC Visual Arts Series

Learn how Chicago arts organizations amplify Black art and artists at a program hosted by The Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) on Tuesday, April 6. In the first panel of its series Conversations on Black Art, Community and Legacy, BMRC hosts panelists Jackie Williams, executive director of The African American Arts Alliance of Chicago; Patric McCoy, founder of Diasporal Rhythms; and Deb Kerr, president and CEO of Intuit.

Find information about the program here: https://bmrc.lib.uchicago.edu/news/bmrc-visual-arts-series/

Join us for a VIRTUAL visual arts series throughout the month of April. Each week, the BMRC will host conversations with Chicago arts organizations and artists who amplify the city's dynamic Black art and artists. This series is curated by BMRC Executive Director, Marcia Walker-McWilliams and BMRC S...

03/31/2021
The HistoryMakers

In honor of Black Women's History Month, former Executive Director and current Governance Committee Chair Cleo Wilson sits down with The HistoryMakers to share her career as a nonprofit executive and tell the story of the prolific author who inspired her, Octavia Butler.

Watch Cleo's presentation here:

In honor of Black Women’s History Month, we asked Cleo Francine Wilson, foundation executive, to share with us her personal journey as well as talk about who from history influenced her. Wilson spoke of prolific science fiction author, Octavia Butler.

HistoryMaker Cleo F. Wilson was hired as an accounting clerk for Pl***oy in 1976 and worked her way up to become the supervisor of Accounts Payable. In 1982, she joined the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation, a philanthropic organization, and was appointed Executive Director. While in this position, she engaged the Foundation in the process of “microphilanthropy,”—giving smaller amounts of money to more organizations—including many grassroots efforts in Chicago. Wilson was appointed to the Chicago AIDS Foundation’s Board of Directors in 1989 and starting the following year served as president of the organization for three years. In 2002, Wilson became president of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, a Chicago nonprofit organization dedicated to highlighting self-taught and outsider art, and in 2007, she became executive director. She retired from the center in 2012.

Watch Cleo Wilson’s tribute here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quUEQ1_GZiY

Learn more: https://rb.gy/yg77ap

#blackhistory #womenshistory #womenshistorymonth #pl***oy #outsiderart

Oswald Tschirtner, known as O.T., was a Gugging (galerie gugging) artist best known for his "head-footer" motif, in whic...
03/29/2021

Oswald Tschirtner, known as O.T., was a Gugging (galerie gugging) artist best known for his "head-footer" motif, in which the minimalistic figures he drew had faces atop long legs.

Image: Oswald Tschirtner (Austrian, 1920-2007). Der Rufer in der Wüste (The Caller in the Wilderness), 1979. Pen on paper. 8 1/4 x 5 7/8 in. Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, gift of John M. MacGregor in honor of Robert A. Roth, 2004.7.6

🦋🦋🦋Image: Mary Eveland (American, 1896-1981). Butterflies and Moth, ca. 1976-80. Oil on canvas, 24 x 36 in. Collection o...
03/23/2021

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Image: Mary Eveland (American, 1896-1981). Butterflies and Moth, ca. 1976-80. Oil on canvas, 24 x 36 in. Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, gift of Merle Glick, 2007.12.9

Museum educator Onyx Montes leads One Night Stand: Wesley Willis tomorrow evening! Join us as we reflect on the celebrat...
03/23/2021

Museum educator Onyx Montes leads One Night Stand: Wesley Willis tomorrow evening! Join us as we reflect on the celebrated self-taught Chicago artist and musician and his piece "The Dan Ryan Expressway."

Image: Wesley Willis (American, 1963-2003). The Dan Ryan Expressway, 1986. Ballpoint pen and felt tip pen on board, 27 5/8 x 39 1/2 in. Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, gift of Barbara and Kent Manning, 2007.16.2

03/19/2021
The Lives and Work of Four Black Outsider and Self-Taught Artists

Learn about artists Bill Traylor, Sam Doyle, Joseph Yoakum and Inez Nathaniel Walker at the virtual field trip "The Lives and Work of Four Black Outsider and Self-Taught Artists." At home on the Intuit YouTube channel, the video is second in an ongoing series that aims to bring the Intuit experience home to you.

Senior Manager of Learning and Engagement Paula Santos shares insights and stories about four Black artists featured at the museum: Bill Traylor, Sam Doyle, ...

Interested in artificial intelligence (AI), George Widener created Games 23 to be viewed by an audience of future AI mac...
03/16/2021

Interested in artificial intelligence (AI), George Widener created Games 23 to be viewed by an audience of future AI machines in hopes that they will scan his sequences for enjoyment.

Image: George Widener (American, b. 1962). Games 23, 2011. Ink and paint on joined paper, 49 x 56 1/2 in. (124.5 x 143.5 cm). Collection of Victor F. Keen. Photo by Stan Narten

Gather some drawing utensils and paper and join museum educator Mayra Palafox this Thursday at Art After Work: Eugene An...
03/16/2021

Gather some drawing utensils and paper and join museum educator Mayra Palafox this Thursday at Art After Work: Eugene Andolsek for a free art-making workshop inspired by the outsider artist's kaleidoscopic works of art.

Image: Eugene Andolsek (American, 1921-2008). Untitled, ca. 1993-2003. Colored ink on graph paper, 14 x 18 in. Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, gift of Eugene Andolsek and Aarne Anton, 2007.2

"Visitors...often ask what it was that attracted me to the world of outsider art. Like others, I have found the question...
03/12/2021

"Visitors...often ask what it was that attracted me to the world of outsider art. Like others, I have found the question challenging and have concluded that, to a large extent, the allure is visceral and not easily articulated," - Victor F. Keen

Experience for yourself the power of art created by outsider and self-taught artists like Bill Traylor by attending the exhibition Outsider Art: The Collection of Victor F. Keen, on view at Intuit until April 25, 2021.

Image: Bill Traylor (American, c. 1853-1949). Man and Bird on Woven Form, c. 1939. Colored pencil on cardboard, 14 x 9 in. (35.6 x 22.9 cm). Collection of Victor F. Keen

Tomorrow, March 11, at the Chicago Humanities Festival, WBEZ Chief Content Officer Steve Edwards sits down with acclaime...
03/10/2021
Walter Isaacson on Jennifer Doudna

Tomorrow, March 11, at the Chicago Humanities Festival, WBEZ Chief Content Officer Steve Edwards sits down with acclaimed biographer Walter Isaacson to discuss his latest book on Jennifer Doudna, the biochemist behind the gene-editing technology CRISPR. In his book Code Breaker, Isaacson explores the scientific discoveries Doudna made and the moral questions CRISPR poses.

CRISPR might ring a bell for fans of George Widener as it is the very technology that captured his attention and inspired his multi-media piece "CRISPR No. 2," now on exhibition in In Focus.

Learn more about CRISPR, Code Breaker and the Chicago Humanities program here:

Walter Isaacson—the acclaimed biographer of Steve Jobs, Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin—turns his pen to another transformative figure: Jennifer Doudna, the Nobel Prize-winning creator of the gene editing technology CRISPR. Code Breaker explores the medical miracles Dou...

In honor of International Women's Day (#IWD2021)—a global day celebrating the achievements of women—Intuit wishes to cel...
03/08/2021

In honor of International Women's Day (#IWD2021)—a global day celebrating the achievements of women—Intuit wishes to celebrate the work of women creatives by highlighting a remarkable and resilient artist: Badaskhan "Betty" Zakoian.

Zakoian was a self-taught Armenian artist who began to chronicle her life experiences through art in the late 1950s. From the loss of her parents in the Armenian Genocide of 1915 to her immigration to Chicago in 1937, Zakoian illustrated her trials and triumphs in her art.

Image: Badaskhan “Betty” Zakoian (Armenian, active in America, 1908-78). Untitled (Woman in Red and Yellow), n.d. Tempera on cardboard, 22 in. x 16 in. Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, gift of the Zakoian Family, 2007.5.45

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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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