Darger still REVOLUTIONS OF THE NIGHT THE ENIGMA OF HENRY DARGER
ABOUT THE FILM    HENRY DARGER    NEWS    LINKS    CONTACT   HOMEPAGE   


Henry Darger

Henry Darger was born on April 12, 1892 in Chicago, Illinois. His early life was marred by tragedy when his mother died giving birth to a sister, whom Darger never saw as she was immediately adopted. Due to failing health, Darger's father was unable to look after his son and at the age of 8 the boy was put into care. Behavioural problems led to Darger being placed in the Lincoln Asylum for Feeble-Minded Children in Lincoln, Illinois in 1904, where Darger lived for 5 years, fully aware that he did not belong there.

Whilst at Lincoln, Darger received the news that his father had died. Darger attempted to escape from the Asylum and
was successful at the third attempt, returning to Chicago in 1909, aged 17. He settled in the then largely German area surrounding St. Vincent de Paul Church, where he spent his entire working life doing so-called menial work in local Catholic hospitals.

MORE

BACK

   


           
                       

               
             
 

                                  
           
  

       

        

                            Darger still click image to enlarge 

       Darger still click image to enlarge    

      

Opp: St. Vincent de Paul / Henry Darger Untitled Collection Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, gift of Nathan Lerner



Henry Darger's art and writings © Kiyoko Lerner - Screenshots and text © Quale Films