Visit Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art In Chicago

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Chicago’s Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art was founded in 1991, developed by a group of avant-garde artists who set out to create a space that represented self-taught and outsider artists. In the capitalist-driven world of artists vying representation in commercial art galleries or hoping to sell work to famous collectors, a space like Intuit is a welcome alternative. Its artists are the unindoctrinated, and the free. “These artists have realized their personal vision with the aid of few resources, often while facing systemic poverty and discrimination,” the organization writes.

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Photo: “To Be Seen and Heard” exhibition, Cheri Eisenberg

The nonprofit museum, exhibition and event space has grown exponentially since it was originally envisioned, serving as an anchor in the art world and a beacon for outsiders. It even has its own publication, The Outsider Magazine. Intuit also acquired items from artist Henry Darger’s living and studio space, which has been reassembled it into a permanent collection, as a point of inspiration where viewers can see how the artist lived and worked, with a look into his process up close.

Intuit’s current exhibition, called “To Be Seen and Heard” is up through June 10, and showcases the work of five Wisconsin-based artists: Prophet William J. Blackmon, Josephus Farmer, Simon Sparrow, Albert Zahn and Eugene Von Bruenchenhein.

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
756 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, Illinois, 60642

Cover image photo courtesy of Henry Darger Collection by John Faier.

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