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. While the museum is temporarily closed to the public, Intuit creates and shares resources for you to engage with here on Facebook as well as www.art.org.
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Established in June 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.

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.

Temporarily closed

Intuit is thrilled to be an institutional partner of this year’s Outsider Art Fair in New York! In response to the COVID...
01/26/2021
Outsider Art Fair

Intuit is thrilled to be an institutional partner of this year’s Outsider Art Fair in New York! In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the fair will include limited in-person experiences at five New York host galleries in addition to a robust online platform.

The Outsider Art Fair opens to VIP attendees on Thursday, January 28, and the public on Friday, January 29, and closes to all on Sunday, February 7.

Learn more:

Established in 1993, the Outsider Art Fair is the premier fair dedicated to Self-Taught Art, Art Brut and Outsider Art and takes place annually in New York and Paris. The New York edition is held in January at the Metropolitan Pavilion. The Outsider Art Fair Paris debuted in 2013 and takes place eac...

Among artists August Walla, Günther Schützenhöfer, and Leopold Strobl, Arnold Schmidt is one of many Gugging (galerie gu...
01/26/2021

Among artists August Walla, Günther Schützenhöfer, and Leopold Strobl, Arnold Schmidt is one of many Gugging (galerie gugging)
artists with work on exhibition in Outsider Art: The Collection of Victor F. Keen. As seen in his piece Human, Schmidt's work is dynamic and energetic with vivid colors and varied textures. He first joined the House of Artists in 1986, and he continues to create at atelier gugging, an open studio at the Art Brut Center Gugging.

Image: Arnold Schmidt (Austrian, b. 1959). Human, 2016. Charcoal, watercolor, and crayon on paper. Collection of Victor F. Keen

Ruby and Calvin Black moved to Yermo, California, where they created Possum Trot, an art environment filled with small-s...
01/21/2021

Ruby and Calvin Black moved to Yermo, California, where they created Possum Trot, an art environment filled with small-scale buildings and nearly life-size dolls, like Renee. The couple worked as a team to give each doll a unique personality. Calvin carved the dolls' features, and Ruby sewed their garments.

Image: Ruby and Calvin Black (American, Ruby Black (1915-1980) & Calvin Black (1903-1972)). Possum Trot doll, Renee, c. 1953-69. Carved and painted wood with fabric clothing, 20 in. x 20 in. x 40 in. (50.8 cm x 50.8 cm x 101.6 cm). Collection of Victor F. Keen

01/18/2021

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an annual holiday and day of service. Intuit encourages you to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with Chicago cultural organizations like DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago History Museum and The Art Institute of Chicago, which are institutions hosting virtual commemorative programs.

Jennifer Lauren Gallery recently interviewed Intuit board member Scott Lang and his partner, JoAnn Seagren, about the ou...
01/13/2021

Jennifer Lauren Gallery recently interviewed Intuit board member Scott Lang and his partner, JoAnn Seagren, about the outsider art genre, their collection and their involvement with Intuit.

Read the interview here:

MEET THE COLLECTOR / I found out about Scott Lang and his wife JoAnn Seagren earlier this year, then heard more about their collection through Deb Kerr from Intuit and through a short video shared through the 2020 Intersect Chicago Art Fair. Scott shares great stories of how he came to this art alongside him and JoAnn sharing how they curate outsider works alongside contemporary art works in their home. Read on to find out more from this couple in part fifty-six of my ‘Meet the Collector’ series. Grab a cup of your favourite hot drink as it’s a long one!

http://bit.ly/3nqrKg0

EXHIBITION EXTENSION: While Intuit remains temporarily closed to the public, the works of art in Outsider Art: The Colle...
01/06/2021
Outsider Art: The Collection of Victor F. Keen - Intuit

EXHIBITION EXTENSION: While Intuit remains temporarily closed to the public, the works of art in Outsider Art: The Collection of Victor F. Keen will be on exhibition at the museum until April 25, 2021.

To explore the exhibition from home, check out the behind-the-scenes video with WTTW - Chicago PBS and the virtual tour here:

EXHIBITION EXTENSION: February 6, 2020-April 25, 2021 Curated by Alison Amick

The Winter 2020 edition of the museum's annual publication, The Outsider, is now available online! Read articles on the ...
01/04/2021
The Outsider | Winter 2020

The Winter 2020 edition of the museum's annual publication, The Outsider, is now available online! Read articles on the evolution of the genre, Lonnie Holley and more by visiting the magazine on Issuu.

Issuu is a digital publishing platform that makes it simple to publish magazines, catalogs, newspapers, books, and more online. Easily share your publications and get them in front of Issuu’s millions of monthly readers. Title: The Outsider | Winter 2020, Author: Intuit: The Center for Intuitive a...

Intuit wishes you a happy New Year, one that is as bright as Jerry's Map!Image: Jerry Gretzinger (American, b. 1942). Je...
01/01/2021

Intuit wishes you a happy New Year, one that is as bright as Jerry's Map!

Image: Jerry Gretzinger (American, b. 1942). Jerry’s Map, 1963-2018. Mixed media on heavy paper, 20 panels at 8 x 10 in. each. Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, gift of the artist, 2018.25

In celebration of the winter season, enjoy this snowy snapshot taken by artist Eugene Von Bruenchenhein.Image: Eugene Vo...
12/29/2020

In celebration of the winter season, enjoy this snowy snapshot taken by artist Eugene Von Bruenchenhein.

Image: Eugene Von Bruenchenhein (American, 1910–1983). Untitled (view of Von Bruenchenhein home), n.d. Gelatin Silver Print, 3½ x 5¾ in. Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, gift of Lewis and Jean Greenblatt, 2005.4.34

12/22/2020
You Are Intuit: Vicki's Approach to Art-Making is Transformed

Vicki's interpretation of art and the way she facilitated artmaking with her students with special needs was expanded because of her participation in Intuit's Teacher Fellowship Program and the monthly Art After Work workshops.

Intuit thanks our donors and members for making possible programs like the Teacher Fellowship Program and Art After Work, programs that educate, inspire and transform. To become an Intuit donor or member or to renew your support, visit www.art.org/support.

Interested in gaining hands-on experience at a nonprofit art museum? Intuit has internships available in several departm...
12/21/2020
Opportunities—Volunteering, Internships and Employment - Intuit

Interested in gaining hands-on experience at a nonprofit art museum? Intuit has internships available in several departments, including communications, development and education.

For information about each opportunity and its application requirements, please visit www.art.org/opportunities/. Applications for winter/spring term internships are due Friday, January 1, 2021.

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. Unfortunately, there are no available positions at the moment.…

Chicago Cultural Alliance
12/18/2020

Chicago Cultural Alliance

#ShopLocal. Shop One of A Kind art with the @intuitartcenter. Purchase these amazing pieces and more at www.art.org/shop/

Also check out our other member’s shops at www.chicagoculturalalliance.org/holiday-shopping-list/

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Jennifer Lauren Gallery interviewed Intuit board member and founder Marjorie Freed as part of the Meet the Collector ser...
12/16/2020

Jennifer Lauren Gallery interviewed Intuit board member and founder Marjorie Freed as part of the Meet the Collector series. In conversation with Jennifer, Marjorie discussed her introduction to the genre, her collection and her relationship with Intuit.

Read more from Marjorie here:

MEET THE COLLECTOR / Majorie Freed, at the age of 86, no longer collects, but did collect for around forty years and has an incredible collection. She was involved in Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art from the outset and still sits on its board today. Read on to hear from this remarkable woman in part fifty-four of my ‘Meet the Collector’ series.

http://bit.ly/3gMv96Y

Join Intuit and President of Twisted Preservation Franklin Vagnone for the museum's final public program of 2020! Learn ...
12/15/2020
Franklin Vagnone's "One Night Stand" at Paradise Garden

Join Intuit and President of Twisted Preservation Franklin Vagnone for the museum's final public program of 2020! Learn more about this Thursday's event and register on Eventbrite below. #MuseumFromHome

Franklin Vagnone shares what it's like to spend the night at Paradise Garden, an art environment built by outsider artist Howard Finster.

Although the Intuit Store is closed with the museum, you can still purchase the #BlackArtMatters coloring book by visiti...
12/15/2020

Although the Intuit Store is closed with the museum, you can still purchase the #BlackArtMatters coloring book by visiting https://blackartmatters.work/. Co-created by Mya Cavner and former IntuiTeen Ethan Switall, the coloring book highlights contemporary Black artists and depicts influential Black figures in the arts. Proceeds from sales go to the contributing artists and Brave Space Alliance.

The Henry Darger Room Collection. Photo © John Faier.
12/10/2020

The Henry Darger Room Collection. Photo © John Faier.

In anticipation of Franklin Vagnone's public program this evening, we find ourselves reminiscing the Intuit member trip ...
12/10/2020

In anticipation of Franklin Vagnone's public program this evening, we find ourselves reminiscing the Intuit member trip to Georgia in 2016 when Intuit staff and members visited the High Museum of Art, Pasaquan and Paradise Garden.

Join Intuit tonight for Franklin Vagnone's "One Night Stand" at Pasaquan, in which Vagnone will share his overnight experience at visionary artist St. EOM's art environment.

Outsider Art Fair
12/09/2020

Outsider Art Fair

As we all try to do our part in stopping the spread of COVID-19, we will be highlighting some exhibitions you can view from the comfort of your home! Featuring the work of Adolf Wölfli, Martín Ramírez, Bill Traylor and James Castle, among others, “Outsider Art: The Collection of Victor F. Keen” is currently on view in-person and virtually at Chicago’s Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art. Explore the exhibition: https://www.art.org/outsider-art-the-collection-of-victor-f-keen/
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Adolf Wölfli, Untitled (Christ Figure with Serpent), c. 1915-16.
Colored pencil and graphite on paper
11 x 8.5 inches
Collection of Victor F. Keen

Interested in pursuing museum work? Intuit has internship opportunities available for the winter/spring 2021 term with p...
12/04/2020
Opportunities—Volunteering, Internships and Employment - Intuit

Interested in pursuing museum work? Intuit has internship opportunities available for the winter/spring 2021 term with positions open in several departments within the museum. Internships are open to undergraduates, graduate students and recent graduates looking to gain experience and further develop their professional skills in a nonprofit art museum setting. Applications are due January 1, 2021.

For information about the available positions, the benefits of an Intuit internship and the application process, please visit 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. Interested in joining a team of museum professionals dedicated to celebrating the power of outsider art? Please see the…

Learn about Pasaquan from a new perspective, that of an overnight guest. Join Franklin Vagnone, co-author of Anarchist's...
12/02/2020
Anarchist Guide to Historic House Museums

Learn about Pasaquan from a new perspective, that of an overnight guest. Join Franklin Vagnone, co-author of Anarchist's Guide to Historic House Museums, as he shares stories from his "one night stand" experience at visionary artist St. EOM's art environment.

The program is free to join! Register on Eventbrite.

PASAQUAN "One-Night Stand" presentation #PiloowTalk
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art

In the final weekend of the Black Harvest Film Festival, the Gene Siskel Film Center is making the entire festival avail...
11/27/2020

In the final weekend of the Black Harvest Film Festival, the Gene Siskel Film Center is making the entire festival available to stream online. Be sure to watch THUMBS UP FOR MOTHER UNIVERSE, a film about Lonnie Holley, before the virtual festival ends on Monday, Nov. 30.

As Black Harvest Film Festival pulls into its final weekend and as a thank you for your overwhelming support, we have brought back all of this year's films for you to stream through Sunday! That's right, all 10 features and 30+ shorts are back for you to enjoy.

Visit our website to explore our #BHFF2020 selections!
https://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/black-harvest/films-events

Thanksgiving is a holiday when we typically gather with loved ones to share our gratitude for the people, places and exp...
11/26/2020

Thanksgiving is a holiday when we typically gather with loved ones to share our gratitude for the people, places and experiences that bring us joy and make a difference in our lives. The holiday likely looks different this year as people choose to commemorate from home. Intuit recognizes this past year has been fraught with many challenges, and we thank you all for your continued support of the museum at this time.

Intuit wishes you a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!

Image: Eddie Arning (American, 1898-1993). Untitled (dinner table), 1968-1970. Crayon on paper, 19 x 25 in. (48.26 cm x 63.5 cm). Collection of Victor F. Keen

11/21/2020
You Are Intuit: Mimosa Joins Virtual Learning Events

Our daily routines these days differ from one another, but, for Mimosa, spending an hour at an Intuit virtual learning event with others is a rare opportunity to connect and sync.

Intuit thanks our donors and members for making possible programs like One Night Stand and Art After work, programs that educate, inspire and transform. To become an Intuit donor or member or to renew your support, visit www.art.org/support.

Now available for streaming at the Gene Siskel Film Center's Black Harvest Film Festival, "THUMBS UP FOR MOTHER UNIVERSE...
11/19/2020
THUMBS UP FOR MOTHER UNIVERSE: THE LONNIE HOLLEY STORY | Siskel Film Center

Now available for streaming at the Gene Siskel Film Center's Black Harvest Film Festival, "THUMBS UP FOR MOTHER UNIVERSE" is a film by George King that tells the remarkable story of artist Lonnie Holley. Earlier this year, Intuit recognized Lonnie Holley as our 2020 Visionary Awardee at the virtual Visionary Ball. Watch "THUMBS UP FOR MOTHER UNIVERSE" to learn how Holley became the artist he is today.

The Black Harvest Film Festival is an annual festival of independent films that tell the stories and explore the images, heritage and history of the worldwide Black experience. Now in its 26th year, the festival is virtual and runs until November 30, 2020.

After the world gave up on Lonnie Holley, the Universe sent him the gift of art. Born, one of 27 children in Jim Crow Alabama, Holley was stolen away as an infant and sold for a pint of whiskey. Growing up in grinding poverty and abuse on society’s margins left its scars. At age 28, Holley discove...

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art's cover photo
11/17/2020

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art's cover photo

“Intuit’s IntuiTeens program has allowed me to become the best version of myself. If you thought you couldn’t do somethi...
11/17/2020

“Intuit’s IntuiTeens program has allowed me to become the best version of myself. If you thought you couldn’t do something before, you’re like ‘Oh, yeah—I can do this!’” –Jimmy, on being a 2020 Summer IntuiTeen

Giving Season is upon us, and a gift to Intuit is a gift to support access to powerful outsider arts virtual and in-person programming for people of all backgrounds in Chicago and worldwide! Mark your calendars for Giving Tuesday on December 1.

Intuit grieves with the John Michael Kohler Arts Center over the loss of Ruth DeYoung Kohler II, a true visionary in the...
11/16/2020
A Tribute to Ruth DeYoung Kohler II

Intuit grieves with the John Michael Kohler Arts Center over the loss of Ruth DeYoung Kohler II, a true visionary in the fields of outsider and self-taught art, artists and environments. Learn more about Ruth and her extraordinary career in the arts by visiting JMKAC's tribute to her at http://www.ruthkohlertribute.com/.

Ruth DeYoung Kohler II passionately believed in the arts as a driver of positive social change. Her vision and dedication to celebrating and preserving diverse art forms resonates on an international scale. A certainty in the power of art to transform lives is her legacy to all whom she inspired.

The health and safety of our community are our top priorities. To best protect Intuit guests, staff members and collabor...
11/13/2020

The health and safety of our community are our top priorities. To best protect Intuit guests, staff members and collaborators at this time, the museum will be closed beginning Sunday, November 15, in compliance with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's recent 30-day Stay-At-Home Advisory, which takes effect on Monday, November 16, at 6 a.m.

Intuit thanks you for your continued support throughout this year. The museum will continue to create and share resources for you to engage with on our social media channels as well as www.art.org.

Today is Outsider Art Day at Intersect Chicago / SOFA EXPO, and Intuit is live with art historian Leisa Rundquist to dis...
11/10/2020
OUTSIDER ART — Intersect Chicago: the future of SOFA

Today is Outsider Art Day at Intersect Chicago / SOFA EXPO, and Intuit is live with art historian Leisa Rundquist to discuss her research on Henry Darger.

Tuesday, November 10 11am (ET) Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art 3pm (ET) Roger Brown Study Collection

Intuit recently updated its hours. The museum will now be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Satur...
11/09/2020
Plan Your Visit - Intuit

Intuit recently updated its hours. The museum will now be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information about the safety procedures Intuit is taking to keep our community safe, visit https://www.art.org/visit/.

Intuit is open with new hours We are excited to welcome you back! The health and safety of our community of guests, volunteers, staff members and collaborators continue to be a top priority as we reopen the museum. Learn about…

Raw Vision Magazine
11/09/2020

Raw Vision Magazine

Intersect chicago will present their 2020 art fair virtually due to COVID-19. As part of the fair, join Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art online on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, for Outsider Art Day.

Beginning at 10 a.m. Central Time (8 a.m. Pacific Time, 11 a.m. EST and 4 p.m. GMT), Intuit kicks off the day's festivities with an interview between Intuit President and CEO Debra Kerr and art historian Leisa Rundquist, who will discuss her forthcoming book, The Power and Fluidity of Girlhood in Henry Darger's Art.

Image: Untitled, Henry Darger (c. 1950–1960).

To find out more, visit: https://www.sofaexpo.com/daily-programming/2020/9/14/outsider-tuesday-november-10

Michigan Avenue Magazine met with Intersect Art and Design (SOFA EXPO) Managing Director Becca Hoffman to talk about wha...
11/09/2020
Get A Glimpse Inside More Than 100 Art Galleries At Intersect Chicago

Michigan Avenue Magazine met with Intersect Art and Design (SOFA EXPO) Managing Director Becca Hoffman to talk about what attendees to the virtual art fair can expect. In addition to a variety of live presentations from Cultural Partners like Intuit, attendees can access viewing rooms of over 100 galleries from more than 20 countries.

Read the article to learn what most excites Hoffman about this year's fair.

Since 1993, SOFA Chicago has been one of the highlights of the city’s arts calendar, drawing galleries from the world over (in 2019, more than 25,000 were in attendance) to Navy Pier in…

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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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