Timeline

1892
Born in Chicago, IL
1973
Dies without ever showing anyone his work, Chicago, IL
Taken to an asylum for the mentally handicapped, Lincoln, IL
Begins to write epic "In the Realms of the Unreal", Chicago, IL
Retires & begins to write "The History of My Life", Chicago, IL
Lives alone with no friends or social contacts, Chicago, IL
Mother dies giving birth; baby put up for adoption, Chicago, IL
Placed in a Catholic children's home, Chicago, IL
Runs away from asylum, Chicago, IL
Serves brief stint in the army
Employed doing menial work at hospitals, Chicago, IL
Illustrates "In the Realms of the Unreal", Chicago, IL

Exhibitions

2010
[Upcoming] Up Close: Henry Darger and the Coloring Book, American Folk Art Museum, New York (solo) (solo)
2009
In Through the Out Door, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York
2009
Compass In Hand, Museum of Modern Art, New York [catalogue]
2008–2009
Messages & Magic: 100 Years of Collage and Assemblage in American Art, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
2008–2009
Up Close: Henry Darger, American Folk Art Museum, New York (solo)
2008
Darger Discoveries, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York (solo)
2008
Henry Darger Room Collection (permanent installation), Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago (solo)
2008
Drawn from the Home of Henry Daeger, Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, Chicago (solo)
2008
Glossolalia, Museum of Modern Art, New York [catalog]
2008
Lots of Things Like This, Apex Art, New York
2008
In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
2008
Dargerism: Contemporary Artists and Henry Darger, American Folk Art Museum, New York
2008
The World Needs A Narrative, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin
2008
Vocabularies of Metaphor: More Stories, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco
2007
Henry Darger: The Vivian Girls Emerge, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York (solo)
2007
Henry Darger: The Story of Girls at War, Of Paradises Dreamed, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (solo)
2006
Henry Darger: Highlights from the American Folk Art Museum, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh [itinerary: the Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington] (solo)
2006
Bruit et Fureur, L'oeuvre d' Henry Darger (Sound and Fury, The Art of Henry Darger), La Maison Rouge, Paris (solo)
2006
Inner Worlds Outside, Fundacion La Caixa, Madrid [itinerary: Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin]
2006
Keeping Secrets, Hayward Gallery Touring Project, London [itinerary: Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom]
2006
Musgrave Kinley Outsider Collection, Tate Britain, London
2005
Realms of Creation: Wölfli & Darger, Side by Side, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York
2005
Mixed-Up Childhood, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2005
Musgrave Kinley Outsider Collection, Tate Britain, London
2004
Andererseits: Die Phantastik, Landesgalerie am Oberösterreichischen Landesmuseum, Linz, Austria (solo)
2004
Henry Darger, Galerie St. Etienne, New York (solo)
2003
Henry Darger: In the Realms of the Unreal, the Watari-Um Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (solo)
2003
Art Brut, Neuve Invention and Outsider Art, Andrew Edlin Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
2002
Cathy Wilkes - Henry J. Darger, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland
2002
Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
2002
Darger: the Henry Darger Collection, The American Folk Art Museum, New York (solo)
2002
Studies and Sketches: Henry Darger, Eva and Morris Feld Gallery, American Folk Art Museum, New York (solo)
2001
The First 10 Years: Selected Works from the Collection, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
2000
Disasters of War, P.S.1, New York, New York
2000
Henry Darger: Realms of the Unreal, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago (solo)
1999
Henry Darger & His Realms, Galerie St. Etienne New York, NY
1998–1999
Self-Taught Artists of the 20th Century, Philadelphia Museum of Art and other venues Philadelphia, PA
1996–1997
Henry Darger: The Unreality of Being, Museum of American Folk Art and other venues New York, NY
1996
Dans les Royaumes del'Irréel, Collection de l'art brut and other venues Lausanne, Switzerland
1992
Parallel Visions, , Los Angeles County Museum of Art and other venues Los Angeles, CA
1979
Outsider Art in Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL
1977
The Realms of the Unreal, Hyde Park Art Center Chicago, IL