Portrait Slam with Project Onward

After enjoying the exhibit Forget Me NOT, treat yourself to your own portrait. Six artists from Project Onward will create masterpieces for you to treasure. Entry fee grants admission to Intuit and one portrait by the artist of your choice. Can’t decide? Get a package of 6 portraits and enjoy each artist’s interpretation. Portrait-sittings will take approximately 20 minutes. Participating artists include Fernando Ramirez, Andrew Hall, Adam Hines, David Holt, Sereno Wilson and Pedro Basantes.

Vol. 15, Issue 1

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2010 Intuit Show of Folk & Outsider Art

The Chicago-based The Art Fair Company announced it will produce two art fairs under one roof at Chicago’s historic Navy Pier on Friday, Nov. 5 – Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010. For the first time, The Intuit Show of Folk and Outsider Art will share center stage in Festival Hall with Chicago’s much-anticipated art fair mainstay, the 17th Annual International Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair: SOFA CHICAGO 2010. One general admission ticket of $15.00 admits visitors to both fairs and their related lecture series, special exhibits and events. Both fairs kick-off with a joint Opening Night Preview in Festival Hall on Thursday, Nov. 4. The public is cordially invited to attend from 7 – 9 pm for the affordable ticket price of $50.00.

Henry Darger’s Life (&) Work

Following the Contemporary Authors and the Artistic Process panel discussion featuring authors John Bresland, Stephanie Kuehnert, Audrey Niffenegger and Bayo Ojikutu; The Anatomy Collective (TAC) has just over three weeks to develop a puppet show that blends the tracings, clippings, ephemera and writing generated and collected by Darger with the book collectively created by attendees at panel. The resultant performance will showcase TAC’s talents and resourcefulness in a whimsical epic that re-interprets Darger’s (home) life and (studio) work and the readers and viewers it continues to inspire.

BLABWORLD Release and Signing

Intuit is proud to host a release party for the premiere volume of BLABWORLD (formerly BLAB! magazine), a 10 x 10 inch, full-color, 128-page, periodic hardcover of works by leading contemporary painters, print makers, illustrators, and sequential artists worldwide. Contributors, CJ Pyle, Fred Stonehouse, Michael Noland, Tom Huck, Teresa James, Travis Lampe, Kari Laine McCluskey, Larry Day, and BLABWORLD founder, editor, and designer, Monte Beauchamp will be available to sign copies.

Panel Discussion: Ethics of Documentary Filmmaking

Intuit’s Executive Director Cleo Wilson and Almost There: A Portrait of Peter Anton co-curators Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden will screen segments from their in-progress film about Anton and discuss their experience documenting his deteriorating environment and day-to-day struggles. Issues facing the directors and the role of biography in the context of the exhibit will be explored. Director Steve James (Hoop Dreams and Stevie) will serve as the panel’s moderator.

ARToberfest

You have been waiting all year for a party like this. Intuit has cooked up, poured it on and gone hog wild for this year’s fundraising event, ARToberfest.

DRINK!
Your individual ticket gets you your own pilsner glass and 5 drink tokens. Tokens can be used to try a variety of craft brews, top shelf bourbon or our “mixologist approved” signature cocktails.

EAT!
Don’t forget to leave room for an amazing meal of award winning bbq from Sweet Baby Ray’s. Be sure to make it an evening to remember by purchasing one of the exclusive VIP Packages. Not only does this include all you can eat and drink, but you and your guests will be treated to a family style dinner with all the fixings – direct to your table.

ART and MUSIC!
Satisfy your appetite for deals by trying to score some incredible silent auction items. More works of art, affordable luxury items and flea market finds will be added weekly. Get into the action when we present our coin flip raffle and live auction. Kick up your spurs to Chicago’s own SiderunnersCommon Factorand Walter J. Liveharder with DJ ALO.

Craft beers by: Three Floyds Brewing Company, Goose Island Beer Company, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Founders Brewing Company and more!

Bourbons donated by Binny’s: Four Roses, Buffalo Trace and Blanton’s Single Barrel

Food provided by Sweet Baby Ray’s: Pulled pork, beef brisket and vegetarian cuban sandwiches, St. Louis ribs, jerk chicken skewers, chips with guacamole, salsa and ceviche

See pictures from this event here.

Contemporary Authors and the Artistic Process

In collaboration with Chicago Underground Library (CUL), Intuit hosts a panel discussion featuring authors John BreslandStephanie KuehnertAudrey Niffenegger and Bayo Ojikutu. The panelists will explore their multi-disciplinary sources of inspiration, the role biography plays in their work and how their studio contextualizes their practice. The 45-minute discussion will be moderated by Nell Taylor, Executive Director of Chicago Underground Library, with an introduction by Thea Liberty Nichols, Intuit’s Study Center Manager. Panelists will have books available for purchase.

Immediately following, Intuit and CUL invite you to participate in a collaborative bookmaking project in homage to Darger’s life’s work, the masterpiece, In the Realms of the Unreal… Audience members are encouraged to bring in an item (a photo, artwork, magazine or newspaper clipping, etc.) or use items made available to create the text and imagery for a book that, once collaged together, will be housed within CUL’s collection and serve as the inspiration for the puppet show Henry Darger’s Life (&) Work on October 28.

Lecture and Gallery Walk with Amy Mooney

In conjunction with the exhibition Forget Me Not, Amy Mooney, Associate Professor of Art History, Visual Culture and Critical Theory at Columbia College, will present a lecture on the aesthetics and social expectations of the portrait, incorporating various examples that are included in the exhibition Forget Me Not, along with other examples that are not (e.g. connecting Prior with Joshua Johnston, Ike Morgan with Shepard Fairey, Lee Godie with Cindy Sherman, etc). Her lecture will touch upon themes of identity politics and how this is connected to the practice and definition of itinerant/ self-taught/outsider artists.

Forget Me NOT: Self-Taught Portraits

Ammi Phillips, William Hawkins

Left: Ammi Phillips, American, 1788-1865, Girl in a Red Dress, Oil on canvas, 32 7/8” x 27 3/8”, Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, Chicago, 1992.57. Right: Front cover: William Hawkins, The Girl in the Red Dress with Cats and Dogs, 1985, Enamel on masonite, 60” x 48”, Collection of Robert M. Greenberg.

Since man began making marks, the portrait has remained a universal subject. From the meticulous detail of Ammi Phillips and Drossos Skyllas, the gestural swash of William Hawkins, the bold colors of Sam Doyle, to the simplicity of Paul Duhem, Forget Me NOT will focus on our continued fascination with our own image.

Featuring 49 artists including, C.J. Pyle, Ammi Phillips, Stephen Warde Anderson, Joe Coleman, Howard Finster, Morris Hirshfield, S.L. Jones, Lee Godie, Michelle Johnson, Elijah Pierce, William Matthew Prior, Pauline Simon and more, showcasing a variety of styles while presenting the unified theme of portraiture. These 70+ works portray kings, movie stars, presidents, bad boys and good girls — all reflecting who we are and how others see us.

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