Friday night at the movies is looking iffy, due to a prior obligation.
Ubiquitous child star Dakota Fanning narrates this
visionary documentary about visionary outsider artist
Henry Darger—a janitor whose ambitious life’s work
included 300 paintings and 30,000 pages of writing.
His magnum opus—The Realms of the Unreal, a 15-volume,
15,000-plus-page illustrated novel on which he had
apparently been working since 1909 until his death in
1972–told of the Vivian Girls, seven blond Kewpie
doll-like heroines who are the sweet-souled, ferocious
leaders of the Child Slave Revolt. Darger’s work is
part of the collection at Baltimore’s own [American] Visionary Art Museum.
“Aha!” I thought, “wouldn’t it be fun to go to see this movie, and then visit AVAM to see some of the man’s work?” So I gave the museum a call. Sadly, none of Henry Darger’s work is currently on display. There goes that idea.