Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Darger - Orphans Of The Storm

Profitable Day for a Lost Child (Detail) Henry Darger... Profitable Day for a Lost Child (Detail) (Henry Darger Room Collection, Intuit: the Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, gift of Kiyoko Lerner). From Darger - Orphans Of The Storm. "...'Darger' tells the story of the amazing discovery of Henry Darger's secret world of writings, paintings, objects and collections, created and collected over decades in his one room apartment in Chicago: apocalyptic visions of an imaginary war-torn planet in which children are pursued and enslaved by a race of evil adults.
Darger died unmourned in 1973 and was buried in a pauper's grave. As far as anyone knew, he had led an anonymous and isolated life, doing so-called menial jobs in hospitals on the north side of Chicago. This documentary charts Darger's journey from obscurity to what the New York Times has called his 'almost van Gogh-like mythic stature.'"


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