Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
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Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the understanding of and appreciation for intuitive and outsider art through a program of education and exhibition. Since its founding in 1991, Intuit has emerged as an international leader in the field of outsider art. Intuit boasts a worldwide membership, a published magazine The Outsider, and a growing and respected permanent collection. Intuit is located at 756 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art promotes public awareness, understanding, and appreciation of intuitive and outsider art through education, exhibition, collecting and publishing. Intuit defines ‘outsider art’ as the work of artists who demonstrate little influence from the mainstream art world, and who instead are motivated by their unique personal vision. This definition includes art brut, non-traditional folk art, self-taught art, and visionary art.
Early in 1991, discussions began in Chicago concerning the formation of a group dedicated to art by untrained artists – art often known as intuitive or outsider art. A group of artists, gallery owners, art collectors, business people, and arts patrons organized a public gathering attended by more than 80 people. The result was the founding of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art. Since that time, Intuit has grown steadily, boasting more than 600 members from the U.S. and abroad. The organization’s record presenting cutting-edge exhibitions and unique educational programs has led to its international reputation as a leader in the field of outsider art. Though its influence is recognized worldwide, Intuit’s Chicago roots reflect the important role the city has played as the home to many self-taught and outsider artists, and collectors. Intuit has helped foster a dramatic increase in collecting outsider art, as well as the popular interest in, and academic awareness of outsider art. Intuit has hosted more than 80 exhibitions, and scores of lectures, film screenings, art fairs, panel presentations, performances, and other programs. In 1997, Intuit presented Images in a Silent World: The Art of James Castle, the first major exhibition of the artist's works east of the Mississippi. Study tours sponsored by Intuit have led groups to visit art environments, artists, private collections, museums, and galleries in locations including: Europe, New Mexico, Texas (The Orange Show), Kansas, Indiana, Wisconsin, and other sites in Illinois.
Several years after its founding, Intuit decided to expand its role to become a collecting organization.  Since 2002, the collection has grown to more than 1,100 works of art, including such self-taught artists as: Henry Darger, Howard Finster, Martin Ramirez, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Bill Traylor, James Castle, Scottie Wilson, Nek Chand, Minnie Evans, Joseph Yoakum, Justin McCarthy, Oswald Tschirtner, P.M. Wentworth, Johann Hauser, Dwight Mackintosh, Mr. Imagination, William Hawkins, Wesley Willis, Dr. Charles Smith, Lee Godie, and Chris Hipkiss . Other exhibitions have featured such exceptional items as tattoo flash, sock monkeys, objects made from Popsicle sticks, and bottle caps. The organization also began a nontraditional (intuitive) music series, and an annual outsider art fair, originally held in early October.
In 2008, Intuit dedicated the Henry Darger Room Collection  in an effort to expand its on-site study center resources. The Henry Darger Room Collection  is an evocation of the living space from the small Chicago apartment in which the reclusive artist lived. The Henry Darger Room Collection  offers an intimate glimpse into the personal life of the reclusive artist.
Henry Darger Room Collection 
In spring 2000, Intuit took possession of the contents of artist Henry Darger’s living and working space, which was located at 851 Webster Street in Chicago. Intuit’s Henry Darger Room Collection  includes tracings, source materials and clippings from newspapers, magazines, comic books, cartoons, children’s books, coloring books, personal documents; as well as architectural elements, fixtures, and furnishings from Darger’s actual residence.
Darger lived in a one-room apartment in Chicago’s Lincoln Park until 1973 when he retired to a nursing facility. In his small room—which doubled as his studio and home for close to 40 years—he 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 (shoes, eyeglasses, balls of string, etc.). The contrast between the intimate scale of the room and the staggering volume of drawings, illustrations, writings, and collections, conveys vital information about Darger’s existence and the work he created.
The goal of the permanent exhibit at Intuit is to create a resource that provides a window to Darger’s world. The installation symbolizes the stark contrasts that are so vividly portrayed in Darger’s vast and complex oeuvre. Experiencing Darger’s personal environment through the installation provides an important link to the man who struggled relentlessly throughout his life to give expression to the polarized spectrum of humanity. The archive and material represents a vital resource and the installation enhances the understanding and appreciation of the art of Henry Darger by providing artists, scholars, and the public access to a unique and innovative archive of study materials.
Karl Wirsum Eyeballs the Intuit Collection; July 13, 2012 - September 1, 2012 
Heaven + Hell; a collaborative exhibition with LUMA, the Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago; February 10, 2012 - June 30, 2012 
Life Lines: The Drawings of Charles Steffen; an exhibition of later works by the Illinois artist, drawn from the period 1989-1994; June 4-August 28, 2010 
The Treasure of Ulysses Davis: Sculpture from a Savannah Barbershop; a retrospective exhibition of works by Ulysses Davis; February 12- May 15, 2010 
Freaks & Flash; featuring the art of tattoo flash and circus banners; September 11, 2009 through January 9, 2010 
Culprits, Innocents & Outsiders: Heartland Visions; art by 7 self-taught artists including: William Hawkins, Elijah Pierce, Mary Borkowski, Mary Merrill, Morris Ben Newman, David Pond, and Ernest "Popeye" Reed; April 29 - August 29, 2009 ; for more information also see link to Traditional Fine Arts Organization, Inc. exhibition listing 
The Picture Tells the Story: The Drawings of Joseph E. Yoakum; January 16 through January 9, 2010 
Sticks; focus on the common stick in art; January 16 - April 18, 2009 
Other notable exhibitions 
Tools of Her Ministry: The Art of Sister Gertrude Morgan; February 11 - May 28, 2005 
I’ll Fly Away; featuring the Art of Albert Zahn; December 13, 2003 - February 28, 2004 
Sam Doyle; November 9, 2001 - March 30, 2002 
Images in a Silent World: The Art of James Castle; January 19-March 15, 1997
The Outsider 
The official publication of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art is The Outsider magazine. The Outsider provides scholarly articles about and in-depth coverage of important discoveries in the field of outsider art, as well as news about Intuit's exhibits, programs and special events. It is estimated that the worldwide readership of The Outsider magazine exceeds 8,000.
Exhibition catalogues 
In addition to its magazine,The Outsider, Intuit periodically publishes exhibition catalogues which can be obtained through contacting the organization. Among these include:
Heaven + Hell 
Introduction by Cleo Wilson, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art and Pamela Ambrose, Loyola University Chicago Essay by Jerry Bleem, O.F.M., soft-bound, 52 color illustrations, 32 pages, 2012
Architecture of Hope: The Treasures of Intuit 
Features an essay by curator, Roger Manley, Gregg Museum of Art & Design at North Carolina State University in collaboration with Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art; Introduction by Cleo Wilson, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art; soft-bound, 25 color illustrations, 32 pages, 2010
Finding Beauty: The Art of Lee Godie 
Essay by Jessica Moss, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art; soft-bound, 20 color and 12 b/w illustrations, 28 pages, 2008
Essay by Mark Pascale, Art Institute of Chicago; soft-bound, 27 color illustrations, 24 pages, 2009
- Henry Darger Collection
- Damien James, NewCity magazine, May 4, 2009, Art Review; http://art.newcity.com/2009/05/04/review-culprits-innocents-and-outsiders-heartland-visionsintuit/
- Gerard C. Wertkin and Lee Kogan; book: Encyclopedia of American Folk Art; pp 249; American Folk Art Museum; http://books.google.com/books?id=iKV2F_AJQ9MC&pg=RA2-PA249&lpg=RA2-PA249&dq=intuit+the+center+for+intuitive+and+outsider+art&source=bl&ots=JITg_f1shU&sig=ERzjrGTcf2qH-IapPUoTmTkP6KQ&hl=en&ei=zyRNSu2OMIHANburnfgD&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=8
- Marcus Davies, On Outsider Art and the Margins of the Mainstream; http://www.ibiblio.org/frenchart/outsider-art/exhibition-history/
- Lauren Weinberg, Time Out Chicago, Issue 223, June 4–11, 2009; Art Review; http://chicago.timeout.com/articles/art-design/75133/culprits-innocents-and-outsiders-at-intuit-art-review
- Smithsonian Magazine; http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/venues/Intuit_The_Center_for_Intuitive_and_Outsider_Art.html
- CENTERSTAGE - Chicago’s Original City Guide; http://www.centerstagechicago.com/art/galleries/intuitart.html
- Arthur Frommer’s Travel Guide, Chicago; http://www.frommers.com/destinations/chicago/A19426.html
- Giovanni Aloi, WHITEHOT magazine, article: Henry Darger at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art; http://whitehotmagazine.com/articles/intuit-centre-intuitive-outsider-art/1195
- William A. Fagaly, Jason Berry and Helen Shannon; book: Tools of Her Mnistry: The Art of Sister Gertrude Morgan; Antique Collectors Club Ltd, ISBN 0-912161-20-5 (0-912161-20-5)
- Elen Woods, M.A. Program, Museum Professions, Seton Hall University ; from Institute of Museum Ethics; Exhibition Review; http://www.museumethics.org/content/exhibition-review-intuit-center-intuitive-and-outsider-art-chicago-illinois
- Thevoz, Michel. The Art Brut Collection Lausanne. Zurich: Swiss Museums-Swiss Institute for Art Research, 2001
- Moss, Jessica and Stone, Lisa. The Henry Darger Room Collection at Intuit. Chicago: Inuit, 2007
- Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art (Chicago) Official site