Betwixt and Between: Henry Darger's Vivian Girls Exhibit Opens on Chicago Artist Henry Darger's 125th Birthday

Henry Darger (American, 1892-1973). Untitled, mid-twentieth century. Watercolor, pencil, carbon tracing, and collage on pierced paper, 24 x 106 ½ in. Collection American Folk Art Museum, New York, museum purchase with funds generously provided by John and Margaret Robson, 2004.1.3B, Photo Credit: James Prinz ©American Folk Art Museum / Art Resource NY ©2017 Kiyoko Lerner / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

CHICAGO, IL-- Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art opens Betwixt and Between: Henry Darger's Vivian Girls, the third exhibition of Chicago's Henry Darger, a yearlong series of exhibits and programming honoring the artist's life and work. The exhibition opens Wednesday, April 12, the 125th anniversary of Henry Darger's birth.

The museum has planned a day of events to celebrate the Chicago artist's birthday. At noon there will be a film screening of In the Realms of the Unreal, with an intermission for a Q&A with Darger's neighbor, Betsy Fuchs. The exhibit opening reception will take place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Curator Leisa Rundquist will present a gallery talk at 5:30.

The exhibition features major works by Henry Darger that include double-sided, panoramic drawings with watercolor and collage spanning up to eight feet long, portraits of the Vivian princesses, and traced images and resource materials from Intuit's archives.

The seven Vivian girls are the protagonists of Darger's 15,000 page war-torn epic, The Story of the Vivian Girls, in what is known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Story, caused by the Child Slave Rebellion. The Vivian
girls' intersexual nature and frequent nudity is certainly one of the most significant, yet puzzling, aspects of Darger's art. Their ambiguous gender speaks broadly, and with rich complexity, to culture's polarizing constructions of child/adult and male/female.

Betwixt and Between: Henry Darger's Vivian Girls is on view April 12 through September 4, 2017. Special thanks to the American Folk Art Museum, New York, for its generous loans of Henry Darger artworks and archives.

The Henry Darger Room is open and on view all year at Intuit with guided tours available.

Image: Henry Darger (American, 1892-1973). Untitled, mid-twentieth century. Watercolor, pencil, carbon tracing, and collage on pierced paper, 24 x 106 ½ in. Collection American Folk Art Museum, New York, museum purchase with funds generously provided by John and Margaret Robson, 2004.1.3B, Photo Credit: James Prinz ©American Folk Art Museum / Art Resource NY ©2017 Kiyoko Lerner / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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