Untitled (“We will slam them with our wings”)
“We’re standing in front of and looking at one of Henry Darger’s important scroll paintings exhibited at the American Folk Art Museum. To enter into Henry Darger’s world is to really embrace mystery and also extraordinary talent. At age of 19, he started writing a novel that ended up being 15,000 pages long. That 15,000 page manuscript in the museum’s collection was eventually accompanied by over 300 illustrations created on paper with watercolor, pencil, carbon tracing and collage.”
About This Work
Watercolor, pencil, carbon tracing, and collage on pieced paper (24 x 106 1/2″). American Folk Art Museum, gift of John and Margaret Robson 2004.1.3a. © Kiyoko Lerner. Photo: James Prinz.
About Our Guide
Brooke Davis Anderson, director and curator of the Contemporary Center at the American Folk Art Museum since 1999, is responsible for the care and cultivation of the contemporary objects by self-taught artists in the permanent collection as well as new acquisitions and exhibitions. Brooke is also involved with programming and collaborative initiatives of The Contemporary Center and its special division, The Henry Darger Study Center.
Photographs, image captions, and accession information provided by the American Folk Art Museum. Reprinted with permission.