Art After Work: Henry Darger

Thursday, July 20, 2023
5–6:30 p.m. central
756 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642

Art After Work: Henry Darger

Join Intuit for Art After Work, a free series of facilitated art-making workshops inspired by outsider and self-taught art and artists from the museum’s collections and exhibitions. This month, multidisciplinary artist Juliet Barrett will facilitate a workshop inspired by artist Henry Darger. In the in-person workshop, participants will explore the medium of collage as a pathway to building a relationship with their intuition. Where do your dreams and memories live? How do you tend to them? Anything is possible when you start with a blank page. Let your imagination flow!

Art materials and objects in the Henry Darger Room Collection
Installation photo by Cheri Eisenberg

Participants are welcome but not required to bring materials inspired by the prompt (e.g., old photos, magazine clippings, stamps, stickers, recycled labels, etc.).

Materials at Intuit

  • Butcher paper
  • Magazines
  • Glue sticks
  • Liquid glue
  • String / yarn
  • Markers
  • Colored construction paper / cardstock
  • Scissors

Art After Work is for everyone, including beginners and people who say they “are not artists.” We can all be artists! It is a guided workshop, and instruction will begin at 5 p.m. in the museum’s performance space.

For those who may struggle with dexterity in their hands, there will be a small number of pre-cut images and paper to help with assembly. Please contact Lindsey Wurz at with questions related to accessibility accommodations.

Art After Work is free to join! To show your support to Intuit, please consider the pay-what-you-can option when you complete your reservation. Your contributions help ensure the sustainability of our public programs and support guest lecturers and teaching artists.

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Art After Work is funded in part by the Alphawood Foundation, the Department of Cultural Affairs, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Illinois Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, Prince Charitable Trust, Terra Foundation for American Art, and individual donations from Intuit members and supporters.

Meet Juliet Barrett

Photo of a white person, identified as Juliet Barrett, smiling, with short brown hair; they wear a gold necklace and green top
Photo courtesy Juliet Barrett

Juliet Barrett (they/them) is a Chicago-based multidisciplinary artist, who works within visual art, performance and writing to explore the power of agency through personal narrative. Regardless of the medium, they are always collaging, collecting pieces and forming patterns through the process of reflection. This practice allows them to release the need to be understood to make way for intuition and imagination to play. Their hope is that by inviting others to focus on emergent strategy over engineering outcomes we can build bridges to one another through curiosity, wonder and deep presence. You can find them around town performing standup comedy in your neighbor’s backyard, teaching people about houseplants, crafting their monthly newsletter in a coffee shop or collaging their next zine on any given day.