Date(s) - Jun 04
In collaboration with the Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris (MAM), the Mona Bismarck American Center is proud to participate in the programming accompanying Henry Darger, on view at the MAM from May 28 through October 11, 2015.
Henry Darger is the most celebrated American outsider artist, best known for The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion, his posthumously discovered 15,145-page, single-spaced illustrated fantasy manuscript.
On Thursday, June 4, at 7 PM, at the Mona Bismarck American Center, we will organize a round table discussion (in English) with MAM lead curator Choghakate Kazarian; Kiyoko Lerner of the Henry Darger estate; and specialist Michael Bonesteel; Laurent Danchin, art critic; and Gotan Project’s Philippe Cohen-Solal, who just released a project about the artist.
The round table discussion will be followed by a cocktail reception.
Henry Darger was born in Chicago in 1892 and was soon placed in institutional care when his mother died. He eventually escaped from the institution and returned to Chicago, where he lived until 1973. Leading a very solitary life, he was always interested in protecting children.
His masterpiece, The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion, a posthumously discovered 15,145-page, single-spaced illustrated fantasy manuscript, is a unique mixture of historical narrative and American pop culture. The work catapulted Darger to the forefront of Outsider Art when it was discovered.
The exhibition at the MAM includes 45 works donated from the Darger estate and loans from major institutions and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Collection d’Art Brut in Lausanne.
General Admission: €10
Tickets available through PayPal at www.monabismarck.org