Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art Intuit celebrates the power of outsider art and is home to the Henry Darger Room!
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There's still time to register for tomorrow's Art After Work with Rachelle Hill at A Very Serious Gallery (673 N. Milwau...
04/17/2024

There's still time to register for tomorrow's Art After Work with Rachelle Hill at A Very Serious Gallery (673 N. Milwaukee Ave). The workshop is pay-what-you-can with tickets ranging from $5-$15. All materials will be provided. Learn more on our website at www.art.org/upcoming-events.

Take a peek into Henry Darger’s world!  Henry Darger used both watercolor and tempera pigments in his art. Tempera offer...
04/16/2024

Take a peek into Henry Darger’s world!

Henry Darger used both watercolor and tempera pigments in his art. Tempera offers an opaque and, thus, more vivid hue than translucent watercolor. Hand-written labels mark most pots. The names that Darger attributed to his palette range from standard terms such as “raw umber” and “turquise [sic] blue” to evocative colors dubbed “storm cloud purple” and “army jacket green.” These imaginative colors suggest their own creative possibilities and subjective treatments.

—Leisa Rundquist, excerpt from Henry Darger: The Room Revealed—Methods and Manipulations, July 23-Sept. 19, 2021

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Intuit is currently seeking applications for the Emerging Museum Professional Fellowship! Know anyone? Encourage them to...
04/12/2024

Intuit is currently seeking applications for the Emerging Museum Professional Fellowship! Know anyone? Encourage them to apply. Learn more here:

Emerging Museum Professional Fellowship Aiming to encourage greater diversity in the museum field, the Emerging Museum Professional Fellowship is an opportunity for students enrolled in city, community or state colleges in Chicago from backgrounds that have traditionally been underrepresented in…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HENRY DARGER!-- Take a peek into self-taught artist Henry Darger’s world. In honor of Darger’s birthday (...
04/12/2024

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HENRY DARGER!-- Take a peek into self-taught artist Henry Darger’s world. In honor of Darger’s birthday (April 12, 1892), we are giving you a glimpse into his artistic practice by highlighting objects from The Henry Darger Room Collection over the next month.

Henry Darger lived in a one-room apartment in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood until 1973, when he retired to a nursing facility. In his small room—which doubled as a studio and home for close to 40 years—Henry Darger worked on a large number of painted and collaged drawings that illustrated the story of the Vivian Girls, created volumes of writings, and collected hundreds of objects.

In spring 2000, Intuit took possession of the contents of artist Henry Darger’s living and working space, which was located at 851 Webster Avenue. Opened in 2008, the permanent exhibition provides a window onto Darger’s world. In 2021, Intuit exhibited Henry Darger: The Room Revealed, which offered a deeper look into the room's contents.

Explore The Henry Darger Room Collection on our website! Seen the room? Let us know your favorite thing from the Henry Darger Room!
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Images: 1) Birthday cake coloring book page, 20th century. Henry Darger source material, 10½ x 7½ in. Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, gift of Kiyoko Lerner, 2000.538a 2) Installation views of the Henry Darger Room Collection at Intuit. Image courtesy Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art. Photo © 2007 John Faier

EXPO CHICAGO Art Week kicked off last night! Our museum team is gearing up for an exciting week of artist talks, gallery...
04/10/2024

EXPO CHICAGO Art Week kicked off last night! Our museum team is gearing up for an exciting week of artist talks, gallery tours and more! We are proud to support the various artists and art organizations that help to shape Chicago's renowned artistic culture. View the full art week schedule here:

As the official start of EXPO ART WEEK, join EXPO CHICAGO on the South Side for an evening of exhibitions, tours, talks, and performances. Visitors are encouraged to explore the many galleries, museums, and exhibition spaces in this dynamic community for arts and culture. Find out more  

We're excited for  ! To prepare, we pulled out this gem featuring curator Annalise Flynn. Flynn will join Intuit's CEO D...
04/08/2024

We're excited for ! To prepare, we pulled out this gem featuring curator Annalise Flynn. Flynn will join Intuit's CEO Debra Kerr and others in conversation on preserving and curating self-taught art this Friday.

Watch "Preserving Art Environments: A Conversation with Salvation Mountain and the L.V. Hull Legacy Center":

How can we preserve an art environment after its maker is no longer around to maintain it? What does the process of preservation look like? How can communiti...

Consider donating artwork or an item of support for auction at this year's Visionary Ball. We welcome artwork of all gen...
04/08/2024

Consider donating artwork or an item of support for auction at this year's Visionary Ball. We welcome artwork of all genres! Please direct your submission inquiries to Claire Fassnacht, development director, at [email protected] no later than April 30.

Image: Pudlo Pudlat (Inuit Nunangat, 1916-1992). Uningmuk, 1974. Lithograph, 11 x 14 in. Gift of Jerri Zbiral and Alan Teller

The Della Wells Happy Hour kicks off Thursday at Snorkelbox bar. All are invited to attend and a portion of the proceeds...
04/07/2024

The Della Wells Happy Hour kicks off Thursday at Snorkelbox bar. All are invited to attend and a portion of the proceeds from the "Bella Della" gin cocktail will benefit the commission of Intuit's new artwork by Milwaukee-based artist Della Wells. Intuit art friends and supporters are invited to attend the happy hour kickoff this Thursday.

Image: Della Wells (American, b. 1951). Butterfly Dreaming, 2022. Collage, 20 x 16 in. (framed to 25 1/4 x 21 1/4 in.) Previously donated to Intuit for the 2023 Visionary Ball auction by the Portrait Society Gallery of Contemporary Art.

Join us on Thursday, April 25, from 6-7 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Photography for a print viewing. This exhibit...
04/06/2024

Join us on Thursday, April 25, from 6-7 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Photography for a print viewing. This exhibition tour will feature a range of works by self-taught photographers in the collection. The tour is free, but registration is required. To register visit our website at www.art.org/upcoming-events/.
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Image: Photo courtesy of the MoCP

Have you registered for this month's Art After Work on Thursday, April 18, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.? Registration is now open...
04/04/2024

Have you registered for this month's Art After Work on Thursday, April 18, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.? Registration is now open for LEGO printmaking workshop with Rachelle Hill at A Very Serious Gallery. ⁠

Tickets are available now and are offered on a sliding scale. RSVP to reserve your space! Learn more on our website at www.art.org/upcoming-events/.

The "Ted Degener: At Home with Artists" exhibition, on loan at The Art Center Highland Park, has been extended by a week...
04/03/2024

The "Ted Degener: At Home with Artists" exhibition, on loan at The Art Center Highland Park, has been extended by a week! If you missed it last year at the museum, now's your chance. The exhibition will close on Saturday, April 13. Learn more at www.theartcenterhp.org.



Image: Ted Degener(American, b. 1948). Charlie Stagg sits inside one of his bottle and concrete constructions in Vidor, Texas,
1999. Archival pigment print. Photo courtesy Ted Degener

Help our YoPro-led fundraising efforts! Meet us next Thursday, April 11, from 4-7 p.m. at Snorkelbox bar (433 W. Van Bur...
04/02/2024

Help our YoPro-led fundraising efforts! Meet us next Thursday, April 11, from 4-7 p.m. at Snorkelbox bar (433 W. Van Buren St.) for a happy hour celebration and fundraiser. A portion of the proceeds from the "Bella Della" gin cocktail will benefit the purchase of a first-ever commissioned work by artist Della Wells for the museum's collection.

Intuit's Young Professionals Board invites you to support their fundraising efforts for the commissioned work of artist Della Wells.

NEXT THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2024--Artist Mike Noland and wife Cindy invite Intuit members to virtually tour their home to vi...
03/29/2024

NEXT THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2024--Artist Mike Noland and wife Cindy invite Intuit members to virtually tour their home to view treasures they've collected over decades.

Mike and Cindy’s extraordinary collection includes dozens of paintings, sculptures and woodcarvings by artists including William Hawkins, Frank Jones, Popeye Reed, Dr. Charles Smith and more.

Collection tours are free for Intuit members, but RSVP is required. To check your membership status or to RSVP, please email Tina Horton, development coordinator, [email protected].

A Zoom link will be provided to members.

Planning to attend EXPO Chicago as a VIP ticket holder? We're thrilled to invite you to one of three events led by or fe...
03/23/2024

Planning to attend EXPO Chicago as a VIP ticket holder? We're thrilled to invite you to one of three events led by or featuring Intuit. See caption to learn more!

EXPO VIP events include construction hard hat tours led by Claire Fassnacht, Intuit's development director, showcasing the museum's renovation progress; the Practices in Self-taught Art panel featuring Intuit's President/CEO Debra Kerr, collector Ashley Duchossois Joyce, dealer Kristen Dodge, and VP of Heritage Auctions Rudy Aronoff in conversation about best practices for collecting outsider/self-taught/vernacular art; and a special collection tour at the home of Intuit board member Scott Lang and wife JoAnn Seagren.

As a reminder: these events are open to current VIP ticket holders and an RSVP is required. To learn more about them click the 'upcoming events' link below: https://www.art.org/upcoming-events/


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Images: 1) Construction process by Intuit staff 2) Photo courtesy of Ashley Duchossois Joyce 3) Installation view of JoAnn and Scott Lang's collection

Have you checked out our upcoming events page lately? See events, past and future, on our website:
03/19/2024

Have you checked out our upcoming events page lately? See events, past and future, on our website:

Join us at one of our upcoming events! Whether it be a fundraiser, member event or public program, we welcome you to participate.

Come see "Saints & Sinners" in a special exhibition tour next Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at Epiphany Center for the Arts...
03/12/2024

Come see "Saints & Sinners" in a special exhibition tour next Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at Epiphany Center for the Arts.

"Saints & Sinners" exhibition features the work of 22 Project Onward artists whose work implores observers to consciously explore the dichotomy of spirituality through one's interpretation of good vs evil.

The exhibition tour is from 6:30- 7:30 p.m. in the Chase Gallery. Registrants are invited to arrive early for Golden Hour music and cocktails in the cafe bar. The exhibition tour is free, but RSVP is required.

Learn more here: https://www.art.org/exhibition-tour-saints-and-sinners-with-project-onward/

SAVE THE DATE! MARCH 21, 2024-- Join Intuit at Happy Gallery Chicago for Art After Work with Izzi Vasquez. ⁠⁠In this wor...
03/01/2024

SAVE THE DATE! MARCH 21, 2024-- Join Intuit at Happy Gallery Chicago for Art After Work with Izzi Vasquez. ⁠

In this workshop, participants will learn how to make their own upcycled mosaic frame using broken tiles, plates and other found objects. ⁠

Art After Work is a sliding-scale workshop series. Contributions help sustain the museum's public programs and events. Tickets for this event range from $5-$15. To learn more about this workshop or to purchase tickets visit: www.art.org/upcoming-events.


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Image: Photo of Izzi Vasquez

Gregory Warmack, working under the name Mr. Imagination, transformed discarded materials such as bottle caps, paintbrush...
02/29/2024

Gregory Warmack, working under the name Mr. Imagination, transformed discarded materials such as bottle caps, paintbrushes and industrial sandstone into ingenious works of art inspired by ancient civilizations, Black pride and his own features.


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Image: Mr. Imagination (Gregory Warmack) (American, 1948-2012). Untitled (paintbrush head), 2007. Paint brush and painted papier mâché. Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, gift of Dorianne and John Venator, 2010.9.2

See you soon Outsider Art Fair! Be sure to watch our Instagram stories with a special takeover from Deb, president and C...
02/26/2024

See you soon Outsider Art Fair! Be sure to watch our Instagram stories with a special takeover from Deb, president and CEO at Intuit, to see her take on the fair and related programming.

OPENING FRIDAY, MARCH 1-- "Ted Degener: At Home with Artists" on view at The Art Center Highland Park (1957 Sheridan Rd,...
02/26/2024

OPENING FRIDAY, MARCH 1-- "Ted Degener: At Home with Artists" on view at The Art Center Highland Park (1957 Sheridan Rd, Highland Park, IL)

“Degener captures the personalities of both the makers and the sites in his work,” said Debra Kerr, president and CEO of Intuit. “There’s a liveliness that runs throughout the exhibition, reflected in Degener’s portraits.”

This exhibition will be on view at The Art Center Highland Park alongside the Focus & Click photography exhibits. The Art Center and Intuit invite you to attend the opening ceremony on Friday, March 1 from 5:30-8 p.m.

Reminder: While Intuit is closed for renovation, all programs and events will take place at partnering locations. To learn more about this pop-up exhibition, please visit The Art Center Highland Park's website (www.theartcenterhp.org).


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Image: Ted Degener (American, b. 1948). Hawkins Bolden gestures while holding one of his “scarecrow” sculptures in his yard in Memphis, Tennessee,1993. Archival pigment print. Photo courtesy Ted Degener

Art After Work is an opportunity to tap into your inner creative, meet new people and learn from a range of Chicago arti...
02/22/2024

Art After Work is an opportunity to tap into your inner creative, meet new people and learn from a range of Chicago artists.⁠

While the museum is closed, this monthly workshop series will travel to partnering locations throughout the city. Many thanks to our partner venues and workshop facilitators for making each workshop remarkably fun!⁠

Do you have photos from an Intuit-hosted experience? Tag us for a chance to be featured in an upcoming post.⁠

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this snapshot from last week's workshop led by Project Onward artists John Behnke, Shandrewick Key and Bill Douglas in partnership with the Epiphany Center for the Arts.
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Image: Photo by Intuit

Minnie Evans began her artistic career at 43, working first in wax and crayon and later oils and graphite, creating comp...
02/21/2024

Minnie Evans began her artistic career at 43, working first in wax and crayon and later oils and graphite, creating complex, surrealistic works of art inspired by her dreams and visions.


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Image: Minnie Evans (American, 1892-1987). Revelations, 1975. Oil on canvas board, 11 x 13½ in. Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, gift of Susann Craig, 2002.1

Simon Sparrow took simple materials and found objects such as paint, glitter, beads and costume jewelry and repurposed t...
02/15/2024

Simon Sparrow took simple materials and found objects such as paint, glitter, beads and costume jewelry and repurposed them to create splendid mixed-media assemblages that explore themes of divinity and spirituality.



Image: Simon Sparrow (American, 1914-2000). Untitled, c. 1987. Glitter and found objects, 45 x 32½ x 2½ in. Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, gift of Lael and Eugenie Johnson, 2006.1

Today's   artist highlight features Wesley Willis, a visual artist and musician, known for his detailed ballpoint pen dr...
02/07/2024

Today's artist highlight features Wesley Willis, a visual artist and musician, known for his detailed ballpoint pen drawings.

Willis created incredibly detailed drawings of his hometown, Chicago, including this composition of the Milwaukee and Ogden Avenues intersection where Intuit is located.

Reminder: Intuit is currently closed for renovation as we transform our 150-year-old building into an accessible, modern museum. While we're closed, we encourage you to participate in our off-site programming like Art After Work and our Exhibition Tours.

Visiting the neighborhood over the weekend? Come shop the Intuit Store which features one-of-a-kind art and merchandise uniquely crafted by our range of store artists.
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Image: Wesley Willis (American, 1963-2003). Untitled (Chicago intersection: Chicago, Milwaukee and Ogden Avenues), 1989. Ballpoint pen and felt tip pen on posterboard, 28 1/8 x 42½ in. Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, gift of William McCollum, 2004.4

NEXT THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15-- Art After Work at Epiphany Center for the Arts will be led by three Project Onward artists....
02/06/2024

NEXT THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15-- Art After Work at Epiphany Center for the Arts will be led by three Project Onward artists.

Inspired by the Project Onward “Saints and Sinners” exhibition, workshop participants will have the opportunity to make mixed-media drawings with John Behnke, foil sculptures with Shandrewick Key and collages with William Douglas.

"Saints and Sinners" is on view now through March 23, 2024.

Ticket information for Art After Work is available at the link below: https://epiphanychi.com/art-events/

THIS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8- Join us at Western Exhibitions in West Town for a guided tour of Courttney Cooper's "America’...
02/05/2024

THIS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8- Join us at Western Exhibitions in West Town for a guided tour of Courttney Cooper's "America’s Octoberfest. Zinzinnati. U.S.A."

Cooper's hand-drawn maps depict his recollection of his hometown using large-scale aerial views. These map drawings were created from observation and memory inspired by his daily encounters traveling through the city on buses, walking downtown, and taking car trips with friends.

The tour is from 6-7 p.m. and will be led by Scott Speh, gallery owner and curator, at Western Exhibitions.

Address: 1709 W. Chicago Ave.
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Images: Courttney Cooper, detail of Cincinnati Map Cincinnati Map, 2018.

REMINDER-- Join us this Sunday, Feb. 4, from 3-4 p.m. for a guided exhibition tour of "More Drawings about Buildings and...
02/02/2024

REMINDER-- Join us this Sunday, Feb. 4, from 3-4 p.m. for a guided exhibition tour of "More Drawings about Buildings and Food" at Western Exhibitions in Skokie.

To learn more about this exhibition please visit https://westernexhibitions.com/exhibition/more-drawings-about-buildings-and-food/

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Image: Byron Smith "Naomi," 2019. Coloured pencil on paper, 17h x 114 1/2w in. Framed: 20 1/4h x 17 1/4w in.

In honor of Black History Month, we will highlight works in our permanent collection by Black artists. First up is Inez ...
02/01/2024

In honor of Black History Month, we will highlight works in our permanent collection by Black artists.

First up is Inez Nathaniel-Walker, best known for her expressive and intricately drawn portraits of women and their fashions.

Enjoy this collection highlight and stay tuned for more!

Reminder: While the museum is temporarily closed, we will partner with off-site organizations to host exhibitions and workshops. Have a self-taught artist in your Black History Month exhibition? Tag us!
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Image: Inez Nathaniel-Walker (American 1911-1990). Untitled (portrait of woman with necklace), n.d. Pencil on paper, 13 7/8 x 8½ in. Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, gift of Margaret Robson

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