Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art Intuit celebrates the power of outsider and self-taught art. Admission is $5. Members and children under 18 are free. Learn more: www.art.org
(137)

Established in 1991, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art (Intuit) is the only nonprofit organization in the United States that is 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 1,100 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.

Mission: Intuit celebrates the power of outsider art, or the work of artists who demonstrate little influence from the mainstream art world and who instead are motivated by their unique personal visions.

Happy #InternationalMuseumDay! This year's theme is #Museums4Equality: Diversity and Inclusion. Intuit is proud to be pa...
05/19/2020
51 Museums Selected for Board Diversity and Inclusion Program as Part of $4 Million National Initiative

Happy #InternationalMuseumDay! This year's theme is #Museums4Equality: Diversity and Inclusion.

Intuit is proud to be part of American Alliance of Museums Facing Change, a national initiative focusing on the advancement of board diversity and inclusion. We are dedicated to continuing to grow and learn.

ARLINGTON, VA – July 23, 2019 – The American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the only organization representing the entire scope of the museum community, today unveiled the names and locations of the mu…

We know not much beats our onsite Art After Works, where 40 or so folks gather at Intuit to share art making materials, ...
05/15/2020

We know not much beats our onsite Art After Works, where 40 or so folks gather at Intuit to share art making materials, inspiration, conversation and a drink or two.

But while we all stay at home, there's something special about this online Art After Work hour where people from all over the world can still safely come together in creativity and unity.

Try this new kind of Art After Work, where you'll create your own Joseph Yoakum-inspired landscape!

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-after-work-joseph-yoakum-landscapes-tickets-105010288600

Intuit's Art Design Chicago exhibition, Chicago Calling: Art Against the Flow, reopens at Collection de l'Art Brut, Laus...
05/14/2020

Intuit's Art Design Chicago exhibition, Chicago Calling: Art Against the Flow, reopens at Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne.

L'exposition "Chicago Calling" est à découvrir dès aujourd'hui et jusqu'au 1er novembre 2020 à la Collection de l'Art Brut! Nous nous réjouissons de vous accueillir.
Photos: Delphine Burtin.

Hop on our Instagram channel (@intuitartcenter) tonight at 5 p.m. central for an IntuiTeen-led IG Live workshop! You'll ...
05/07/2020

Hop on our Instagram channel (@intuitartcenter) tonight at 5 p.m. central for an IntuiTeen-led IG Live workshop!

You'll create your Calvin and Ruby Black Possum Trot-inspired paper doll with its own personality, style and flair.

https://www.instagram.com/intuitartcenter/

Thank you for all you do, teachers! Intuit's Teacher Fellowship Program teacher fellows are so resilient and imaginative...
05/05/2020

Thank you for all you do, teachers! Intuit's Teacher Fellowship Program teacher fellows are so resilient and imaginative. They're finding the most engaging ways to teach kids remotely. We can't wait to see our teachers and their students back at the museum.

#NationalTeacherAppreciationDay

It's not quite Netflix Party, but Intuit has some outsider art film recs for you! Here's a list of movies and documentar...
05/03/2020
Popcorn & an Outsider Art Movie - Intuit

It's not quite Netflix Party, but Intuit has some outsider art film recs for you! Here's a list of movies and documentaries to get you started.

https://www.art.org/popcorn-an-outsider-art-movie/

Welcome Intuit’s artists into your home with these documentaries and films featuring self-taught and outsider artists. Let yourself be transported into the artists’ creative processes, visionary worlds and built environments. Our recommendations have something for everyone, whether you are seeki...

Take a spin through Outsider Art: The Collection of Victor F. Keen from your couch!via WTTW - Chicago PBS
04/25/2020
A Virtual Tour Inside Chicago’s Center for Outsider Art

Take a spin through Outsider Art: The Collection of Victor F. Keen from your couch!

via WTTW - Chicago PBS

For 29 years one small but significant place has been a showcase for visionary artwork. The art center called Intuit had to close a new show last month, and we got a look at what you’ll see when it one day reopens.

What we miss without museumsvia The New Yorker
04/22/2020
What We Miss Without Museums

What we miss without museums

via The New Yorker

Museums know the desires of our hands. The special presence of paintings comes from their being at once untouchable and viscerally evocative of touch.

Intuit friends—Your help is essential now! Like other museums, Intuit has had to shut its doors for an indefinite period...
04/15/2020

Intuit friends—
Your help is essential now! Like other museums, Intuit has had to shut its doors for an indefinite period due to coronavirus. Intuit staff is working harder than ever, finding new ways to expand Intuit’s reach through virtual gallery tours, creative and educational blogs and more. While we’re waiting for funding relief from government and foundation sources, expenses like our mortgage, utilities and salaries continue.

Please consider making a charitable donation of any size, upgrading your membership, or both, today. Your immediate support will enable Intuit to continue to play its important role of enriching the cultural landscape of Chicago and amplifying marginalized voices. Be well, and thank you.
—Deb Kerr, Executive Director

On this day 47 years ago, fellow Chicagoan, Vivian Girl creator, genius artist and exceptional author, Henry Darger, pas...
04/13/2020

On this day 47 years ago, fellow Chicagoan, Vivian Girl creator, genius artist and exceptional author, Henry Darger, passed away.

Darger lives on through his immense creative output--thousands of pages of writings and hundreds of captivating illustrations, storytelling like never before. People of all walks of life continue to be moved by Darger's work.

Intuit is proud and privileged to share a small part of Henry Darger's world through the Henry Darger Room Collection, permanently on view at the museum.

Experience Henry Darger's room in photos: https://www.art.org/henrydarger/

Intuit's Art Design Chicago exhibition, Chicago Calling: Art Against the Flow, is on view now at Collection de l'Art Bru...
04/10/2020
CHICAGO CALLING | Collection de l'Art Brut

Intuit's Art Design Chicago exhibition, Chicago Calling: Art Against the Flow, is on view now at Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne. See the exhibition, experience the artworks and watch artist videos online!

Take the virtual tour: https://www.swissartbooks.org/museums/cab/chicagocalling.html

L’exposition est une production de  Intuit, The Center for intuitive and Outsider Art,  Chicago, en collaboration avec la  Collection de l’Art Brut , Lausanne. This exhibition has been produced by Intuit, The Center for intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago, in association with...

One of the values we hold at Intuit is that great art can be made with modest, everyday materials. We hope you have been...
04/06/2020

One of the values we hold at Intuit is that great art can be made with modest, everyday materials.

We hope you have been able to make art with your family as you stay home. If you have younger kids in the house, there’s no doubt you have a handful of dried markers hanging around. What if we told you those markers could be brought back to life?

Try it out: https://www.art.org/homemade-watercolors/

Here are a few books to help pass the time and keep you company, from Intuit Curator Alison Amick.https://www.art.org/fi...
04/01/2020
Five Books to Keep you Company - Intuit

Here are a few books to help pass the time and keep you company, from Intuit Curator Alison Amick.

https://www.art.org/five-books-to-keep-you-company/

Perhaps you are feeling a bit overwhelmed. You’re working at home with your partner or roommates, entertaining restless children, tackling organizational projects, or binge watching your favorite movies and shows. At this time of heightened anxieties, the thought of sitting…

Does outsider art, like mainstream art, have a gender problem? Intuit analyzed our collection (which is comprised of gen...
03/31/2020

Does outsider art, like mainstream art, have a gender problem?

Intuit analyzed our collection (which is comprised of generous donations of art) and realized how few of our works are by women artists versus the amount by male artists. In response, we asked independent curator Martha Henry to write an article about feminism and female representation in outsider art for the museum's 2018 issue of The Outsider. We received feedback from readers who were inspired, like us, to do better. Intuit wants and needs more works by women in the collection. #WomensHistoryMonth

Read: https://issuu.com/intuitart/docs/for_issuu_final_lowerres_8.5x11_out/24

We have a weekend project for you on the Get Intuit blog. Try binding your own book (or journal or sketchpad, perhaps!) ...
03/28/2020
Book Binding Two Ways - Intuit

We have a weekend project for you on the Get Intuit blog.

Try binding your own book (or journal or sketchpad, perhaps!) with these easy-to-follow instructions. Homemade books can be a nice way to document what you see, think and feel.

When you're done, let us know what's filling your pages!

Learn: https://www.art.org/book-binding-two-ways/

Create your personalized artist journal or notebook at home. Homemade books can be a great way to document what you see, think and feel. Self-taught and outsider artists have used art as a means of communication, to seek connection and…

"What is outsider art?"Find out with the Get Intuit blog!https://www.art.org/what-is-outsider-art/
03/26/2020
What is outsider art? - Intuit

"What is outsider art?"

Find out with the Get Intuit blog!

https://www.art.org/what-is-outsider-art/

Intuit defines outsider art as “the work of artists who demonstrate little influence from the mainstream art world and who are, instead, motivated by their unique personal visions. The easiest way to understand what it means to be an outsider…

How are you feeling today? We want to help in the small ways we can.Art and the act of making can often offer stress rel...
03/25/2020
How to: Get Intuit - Intuit

How are you feeling today? We want to help in the small ways we can.

Art and the act of making can often offer stress relief during times of uncertainty.

We're starting the Get Intuit blog to bring you some new ideas, learning resources and, hopefully, a bit of comfort as we all #MuseumFromHome. This space will be regularly updated with outsider art content for you to enjoy.

Follow along: https://www.art.org/get-intuit-blog/

While our doors remain closed during this time of social distancing, Intuit will be bringing the museum to your home through our new Get Intuit blog. We’ll regularly update this space with information on outsider art, behind the scenes features…

Looking for something new to explore? (Safely from your couch, for now!) Keep up with other specialized institutions lik...
03/21/2020

Looking for something new to explore? (Safely from your couch, for now!) Keep up with other specialized institutions like Design Museum of Chicago, American Writers Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography and more at the Chicago Association of Specialized Museums page.

Learn more: https://culturelikealocal.org/

We hope you are well and healthy, and our thoughts are with those directly affected by the public health situation.While...
03/18/2020
Art After Work: Virtual Edition - Intuit

We hope you are well and healthy, and our thoughts are with those directly affected by the public health situation.

While we won't be holding our onsite Art After Work this month, we've decided to take the event virtual. Just because the museum is closed, doesn't mean we can't get creative. This Thursday, March 19, from 5-6 p.m., we're encouraging you to make something with us via communal Zoom video conference.

Making art is one way for us to come together as a community to cope during this uncertain time. Along with other Art After Work pals, you can draw, paint, collage, sketch or whatever artistic practice calls to you, from the safe comfort of your own home.

Want in? Join the video call tomorrow, Thursday, March 19, anytime between 5 and 6 p.m.: https://zoom.us/j/9529553233

More information: https://www.art.org/art-after-work/

Art After Work is a free monthly series of drop-in art making inspired by Intuit’s exhibitions and the outsider art genre.

*COVID-19 UPDATE*To best protect Intuit guests, volunteers, staff and collaborators, the museum will remain closed throu...
03/15/2020
Intuit - Intuit

*COVID-19 UPDATE*

To best protect Intuit guests, volunteers, staff and collaborators, the museum will remain closed through May.

Please continue to engage with and learn about outsider art online through Intuit's social media channels and our website: https://www.art.org!

03/13/2020
Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne

Intuit's Art Design Chicago exhibition Chicago Calling: Art Against the Flow continues its European tour at Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne!

Montage de l'exposition "Chicago Calling", à voir du 13 mars au 30 août 2020. Vernissage ce soir 12 mars à partir de 18h30

The safety of the Intuit community is of the utmost importance to us. Amid growing concerns of COVID-19, we are monitori...
03/13/2020
Intuit - Intuit

The safety of the Intuit community is of the utmost importance to us. Amid growing concerns of COVID-19, we are monitoring developments related to the virus via the Chicago Department of Public Health and the CDC.

Intuit will remain open to the public for the foreseeable future, but we must make some adjustments in our programming to ensure the well being of our guests and staff.

If there are any changes to our hours of operation, we’ll let you know on our website https://www.art.org (where you can also experience parts of the museum, like a portion of Intuit's collection and the Henry Darger Room Collection, virtually).

We are taking extra precautions, with the health of our visitors as the driver of these preventive measures:

--Incorporating an aggressive cleaning and disinfecting routine into museum opening and closing staff shifts
--Posting educational signage illustrating correct hand washing technique, as informed by the World Health Organization (WHO)
--Making hand sanitizing resources readily available within the museum
--Asking all guests and staff who don’t feel well or suspect exposure to the virus to please stay home

Thank you for being a part of this vibrant Intuit community. We look forward to seeing you, happy and healthy, at the museum.

This Black History Month, it’s important Intuit acknowledges outsider art’s Black History and our museum’s platform to m...
02/28/2020

This Black History Month, it’s important Intuit acknowledges outsider art’s Black History and our museum’s platform to make a difference. Artists such as Sister Gertrude Morgan, Dr. Charles Smith, Inez Nathaniel Walker and Bill Traylor are just a few Black artists whose works are in or are destined for Intuit’s collection. The powerful artworks they created in response to their lived experiences--as a singing street preacher, as a war veteran, as a survivor of domestic violence and as an emancipated slave--are deeply significant contributions to American culture and history.

Every day, Intuit highlights underrepresented artists who are marginalized by myriad issues, including systemic racism. We recognize that aspects of this genre’s journey and identity are complex; unfortunately, many outsider artists have been deemed so by the white, Eurocentric art establishment.

At Intuit, we try hard to foster a space that is inclusive, diverse and reflective of the outsider art community. We are continually striving to do better by showing more work by Black artists. Our commitment to a more equitable art world is unwavering, but there is work yet to do in getting there.

Please join Intuit in celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth by exploring the invaluable creativity of Black artists, including Morgan, Smith, Walker and Traylor.

Photography by Lily Katz | https://katzphoto.wixsite.com/katz |Art After Work is a free monthly series of drop-in art ma...
02/28/2020

Photography by Lily Katz | https://katzphoto.wixsite.com/katz |

Art After Work is a free monthly series of drop-in art making inspired by Intuit’s exhibitions and the outsider art genre.

Photography by Lily Katz | https://katzphoto.wixsite.com/katz |

Art After Work is a free monthly series of drop-in art making inspired by Intuit’s exhibitions and the outsider art genre.

02/23/2020
American Alliance of Museums

#museumsadvocacy Day happens this week in Washington, D.C. Museums matter!

Learn more: https://www.aam-us.org/programs/advocacy/advocate-from-anywhere/?utm_source=American+Alliance+of+Museums&utm_campaign=a3056b7e37-Aviso_Feb+18_2020&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f06e575db6-a3056b7e37-

“We #museums tell the story of human experience… and coming here to #MuseumsAdvocacy Day…is the first step to ensure that you are able to tell those powerful stories.”

As advocates arrive to D.C. from all across the country, watch this inspiring video about the impact our collective advocacy has:

Photos by Cheri Eisenberg
02/12/2020

Photos by Cheri Eisenberg

Photos by Cheri Eisenberg

Image: Martín Ramírez (Mexican, active in America, 1895–1963). Untitled (Trains and Tunnels) A, B, (detail), c. 1960–63....
02/03/2020

Image: Martín Ramírez (Mexican, active in America, 1895–1963). Untitled (Trains and Tunnels) A, B, (detail), c. 1960–63. Graphite, gouache, crayon and colored pencil on pieced paper, 17 x 78 in. (43.2 x 198.1 cm). Copyright Estate of Martín Ramírez. Collection of Victor F. Keen

01/29/2020
BUG - Rehearsal Teaser

While the museum is currently closed to the public to install Outsider Art: The Collection of Victor F. Keen, you can experience art on stage with our friends at Steppenwolf Theatre Company!

(Intuit reopens on Thursday, February 6, at 5 p.m.)

Watch the trailer for Tracy Letts's Bug, now at Steppenwolf: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOafHFZmb1I

Take a glimpse inside the rehearsal room of the much-anticipated Steppenwolf premiere of Bug. For tickets and information visit: https://www.steppenwolf.org/...

Address

756 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL
60642

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.

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Museum

Send a message to Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art:

Videos

Category

Our Story

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.

Nearby museums