The Center for Intuitive & Outsider Art

756 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago

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A small museum located around the corner of Chicago blue line stop, its mission is to showcase what is known as “outsider art” and convey its importance in the art world. Outsider art is art by self-taught or “naïve” art makers, without any formal training at mainstream art institutions. In many cases, these artists’ work is discovered only after their deaths. That is where Intuit seeks to make a difference.

It was established in 1991 and has over 1,100 works of art in their permanent collection. Intuit features exhibits year round and a calendar of events. They also have a large array of other art and objects from Henry Darger, a Chicagoan artist and writer. Darger's artwork has become one of the most celebrated examples of outsider art and Intuit prides itself with their collection. After his death, he became famous when his 15,145-page fantasy manuscript was discovered. It was called The Story of the Vivian Girls and several hundred drawings and watercolor paintings illustrating the story were also found.

Inuit is a gem of its surrounding community and the small space makes the experience more personal. Stop by this museum to see some interesting work that you would never see in a mainstream museum.

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