Friday, July 14, 2017

Panel looks at gender, sexuality, and religion in Henry Darger's art

THE WINDY CITY TIMES
By Nina Matti
Image courtesy of Abduzeedo, also known a ABDZ
CHICAGO---City artist Henry Darger is a celebrated artist within the "outsider art" community. He was a nontraditional artist who was self-taught and lived a reclusive life in Chicago during the 20th century. Darger worked as a janitor during the day and kept his work so secret that no one knew of its existence until after his death. Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art hosts a permanent exhibit featuring his work. For more information about Intuit and its Darger collection, visit Art.org/henry-darger-room-collection/. On June 29, the center held a panel to discuss the work of Darger. The panelists discussed and analyzed the ways that Darger depicted human bodies and genitalia, religious symbols and gender roles and their development throughout childhood. [More]

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art: "Betwixt and Between: Henry Darger's Vivian Girls" (Through September 4, 2017); 756 N Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL; (312) 243-9088; art.org
Image courtesy of Abduzeedo, also known a ABDZ