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© Courtesy of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
© Courtesy of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
Curated by: JAN PETRY, Molly Tarbell

756 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
February 10th, 2012 - June 30th, 2012
Opening: February 10th, 2012 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

West Loop/West Town
Tuesday through Saturday 11:00am - 6:00pm ; Thursday 11:00am - 7:30pm.


Intuit, in collaboration with the Loyola Universty Museum of Art (LUMA), presents HEAVEN+HELL, an exhibiton exploring the themes of heaven and hell as conceived by outsider, folk and self-taught artists. The content may be beningn or horrific, delusional or commentative on contemporary life, obsessive or minimal in design, but usually on the face of the work, highly interpretative. The two worlds will be divided with HEAVEN on view at LUMA and HELL displayed at Intuit.

 Kicking off the 2012 exhibition year, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art and the Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) present one exhibition at two venues: HEAVEN+HELL, February 10 - June 30, 2012. We will celebrate with a free opening reception February 10 from 5-8:30pm with a free trolley available for guests to visit both locations.      


HEAVEN+HELL is an inspired collaboration of creative thinking and practical dynamics from two very different organizations: Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art and the Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA). The exhibition will serve as a bridge between the two museums with the Hell portion of the exhibition taking place in Intuit's Galleries at 756 N. Milwaukee Ave. and Heaven will be shown at LUMA, 820 N. Michigan Ave. While Intuit and LUMA are barely a mile apart, the respective venues and audiences may be worlds apart.

The themes of heaven and hell are frequently addressed in outsider and intuitive art. Outsider artists' perspectives range from illustrative, word-laden drawings to stylized, sculptural versions of figurative images that populate their perceptions of the heavenly and the hellish. Self-taught and outsider artists often use the themes of heaven and hell not as concepts, but as broad visualizations that may be invented, drawn from popular media or the Bible, or influenced by their religious upbringing. 

HEAVEN+HELL seeks to explore the breadth of expression in self-taught art with these themes in mind. The exhibition will feature work by American artists such as Minnie Evans (1892-1987), Howard Finster (1916-2001), William Edmondson (c. 1870-1951), Sister Gertrude Morgan (1900-1980), William Blayney (1918-1985), and Norbert Kox (1945 - ), among many others.

Co-curated by Jan Petry, Exhibitions Chair at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art and Molly Tarbell, Advancement Coordinator, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Loyola University Museum of Art, the exhibition features 165 works of arts art by 54 artists as well as several anonymous works.      

HEAVEN+HELL is accompanied by a 36-page 4-color catalogue with an essay by Jerry Bleem, a Franciscan Friar, Catholic Priest, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The catalogue will be available at both venues for $12.