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Henry Darger at Intuit

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until January 14, 2018

Just opened at Intuit, Chicago, "Henry Darger’s Orphans and the Construction of Race" focuses on Darger’s late collages, which include photographic reproductions of Asian “war-orphans” in Korea and Vietnam. The collages offer an anguished reflection on the complicated aftermath of war, representations of race and ethnicity, Darger’s thwarted real-life attempts to adopt a child, and his own victimization as an orphan and reveals how the United States constructed race, particularly whiteness, and childhood.

Curated by Jaimy Magdalena Mann, the exhibition also includes personal documents about Darger's desire to adopt, Catholic ephemera focusing on adoption, white orphans in comics, and a variety of source material from colouring books, advertisements, and newspapers depicting Asian and Native American children, and people of colour. Darger’s collection of source material and his reappropriation of those images into the collages provides an understanding of society’s views on race, class, gender and commodification during the mid-20th century.

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
756 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
www.art.org