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The Private Collection of Henry Darger at the American Folk Art Museum

NEW YORK, NY.- What Henry Darger displayed on the walls of his apartment in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago is on public view, for the first time, in the exhibition The Private Collection of Henry Darger, from April 6 through September 19, 2010. Brooke Davis Anderson, curator and director of The Contemporary Center and the Henry Darger Study Center, has selected nearly 40 cardboard collages from the more than 80 in Darger’s personal collection that are now part of the American Folk Art Museum‘s holdings. These are the artworks that Darger lived with and saw every day. Like many practicing artists, Darger surrounded himself with his own production. Modestly scaled, executed with simple supplies on readily available material, reclaimed and repurposed, the collages