Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art

756 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622 - United States





Established in June 1991, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art is one of the premier museums in the world dedicated to presenting self-taught art, defined as the work of artists who demonstrate little influence from the mainstream art world and who instead are motivated by their unique personal visions. Our mission is to celebrate the power of outsider art through 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.


Justin Duerr: Surrender to Survival
June 27, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Curated by Alison Amick
Justin Duerr: Surrender to Survival presents a selection of drawings by the Philadelphia-based artist. In 1999, Duerr began drawing detailed pen and marker scrolls. In 2008, Duerr started to connect the series of scrolls together, creating an elaborate story. These drawings incorporate poetry written by the artist and explore themes related to spirituality, the linear and cyclical nature of time, and include symbolic representatives of states of mind or non-mind with figures who evolve and appear throughout the works.

Henry Darger Room Collection
Permanent Exhibit
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. Intuit’s Henry Darger Room Collection includes tracings, clippings from newspapers, magazines, comic books, cartoons, children’s books, coloring books, personal documents, and architectural elements, fixtures, and furnishings from Darger’s original room.

Chicago’s most famous outsider artist lived in a one-room apartment in the city’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 (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.


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