Darger Day: Celebrating Realms of the Unreal
Thursday, April 12, 1 – 7 PM
At 1 pm, take a special Closer-Look Tour highlighting Darger’s work in our gallery with educator Kevin Miller. From 1:30 to 2:30 pm, drop in for art-making inspired by Darger’s techniques and colorful cast of characters. Participants are encouraged to create their own watercolor collages or costume accessories inspired by the subjects within Darger’s epic masterpiece. All materials will be provided. From 3 to 5 pm, listen as poets, writers, and artists conduct a live reading of Darger’s seminal book Realms of the Unreal. At 5:30 pm, join us for two talks—art historian Michael Bonesteel will give a talk titled “Henry Darger: World-Builder,” which focuses on new research into the artist’s life and work, followed by Dr. Valérie Rousseau, Curator, Self-Taught Art and Art Brut, whose talk titled “Henry Darger: Sequencing and Materiality” will examine new elements of research related to the organization of Darger’s first illustrated narrative.
Attendees are encouraged to wear festive attire inspired by Darger’s work. Best dressed will win a copy of the book Vestiges & Verse: Notes from the Newfangled Epic. This day-long celebration will end with birthday cake and special surprises!
This program is being held in conjunction with the exhibition Vestiges & Verse: Notes from the Newfangled Epic, in which Henry Darger’s Realms of the Unreal is on display.