Asian war orphans, Hawaiian girls in coloring books, black children in comics: what Henry Darger's art reveals about race in the United States

Papers of Henry Darger (American, 1892-1973), Wendy's Coloring Book, n.d., Coloring book, Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Henry Darger Room Collection

Papers of Henry Darger (American, 1892-1973), Wendy's Coloring Book, n.d., Coloring book, Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Henry Darger Room Collection

Saturday, July 22, 2017
2 p.m.
$5 Voluntary Admission
Free for Intuit Members


Join us for a talk with Jaimy Magdalena Mann, curator of Henry Darger's Orphans and the Construction of Race. Mann will address the complicated aftermath of war, representations of race and ethnicity, Darger's thwarted real-life attempts to adopt a child and his own victimization as an orphan.

Darger's collection of source materials comprising his collages of Korean and Vietnamese "war-orphans" help provide an understanding of society's views on race, class, gender and commodification during the mid-20th century. Mann will incorporate these powerful images to create a memorable and powerful homage to Darger's life work and importance in American popular culture.

Jaimy Magdalena Mann is a Lecturer in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University.