May 18, 2021, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Joseph Yoakum’s Atlas


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Joseph E. Yoakum, Mt. Seple on Walgreen Coast of Marie Birdland, Oct. 3, 1969. Graphite, crayon, and ink on paper, 12 x 18 3/4 in. Collection of Robert A. Roth.


Joseph Elmer Yoakum (1891–1972) spent the last decade of his life as a prolific artist, who made highly original, captivating drawn landscapes, evocations of places around the globe. Working in the privacy of his home studio, his work was discovered by a Chicago State College instructor, where he had his first exhibition in 1967, followed by a show at a church, both on Chicago’s South Side. He landed a show at a northside gallery the following year, where he was received with great enthusiasm by faculty and students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This launched Yoakum into larger and larger cultural spheres for the past fifty years.

This program considers Yoakum’s “Atlas,” beginning in Chicago––where he is still revered, his early impact on artists and presence in their collections, his influence on successive generations of artists, and new windows into his life and work. Presentations by former Intuit Executive Director Cleo Wilson, Roger Brown Study Collection collection manager James Connolly, artist Tim Nickodemus, and educator Lisa Stone will be moderated by Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art President and CEO Deb Kerr.