Intuit commemorates Henry Darger's 125th Birthday with Yearlong Exhibitions and Programming


CHICAGO, IL--Intuit celebrates the life and work of outsider artist Henry Darger in 2017's, Chicago's Henry Darger. A yearlong series of five world-class exhibitions and accompanying programming, Chicago's Henry Darger commemorates the 125th anniversary of the artist's birth. Inaugural exhibitions Unreal Realms and Henry Darger: Author/Artist open Friday, January 20.

As a jumping-off point, Unreal Realms takes the world Henry Darger imagined in his Tolkien-esque novel, In the Realms of the Unreal, and provides a view into the otherworldly places, those created by Darger and artists Adolf Wölfli, A. G. Rizzoli, Charles A. A. Dellschau and Ken Grimes. "The focus of this exhibit is to posit a group of artists, like Henry Darger, whose body of work was a narrative of an alternative reality," said Jan Petry, who co-curated the exhibit with David Syrek.

Henry Darger: Author/Artist, curated by Michael Bonesteel, is a juxtaposition of Darger's art and writings. Similar examinations of Darger's writings and artwork have been performed in scholarly essays but never presented in a museum or gallery setting where viewers can see an actual work of art next to a facsimile of a corresponding page of text. It is a rare opportunity to see Darger's art and read his words in one and the same viewing.

Unreal Realms is on view January 20 through March 26, 2017. Henry Darger: Author/Artist is on view January 20 through June 4, 2017.

Special thanks to the American Folk Art Museum, New York, for its generous loans of Henry Darger artworks and archives for this presentation.

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

Image: Henry Darger (American, 1892-1973), COLONEL JACK F EVANS, Chicago, midtwentieth century, watercolor, pencil, ink, and collage on board, 13 ¾ x 11 ½ in., collection American Folk Art Museum, New York, museum purchase, 2002.22.5. © 2017 Kiyoko Lerner / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo credit: Gavin Ashworth, © American Folk Art Museum/Art Resource, NY.

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Established in 1991, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art is one of the premiere museums of outsider and self-taught art in the world--with world class exhibitions; resources for scholars and students; a permanent collection of more than 1,200 works of art; the Henry Darger Room Collection; the Robert A. Roth Study Center, a non-circulating collection with a primary focus in the fields of outsider and contemporary self-taught art; and educational programming for people of all interest levels and backgrounds.

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