Untitled/Two Girls and a Dog Sitting in a Garden - Henry Darger
Collection American Folk Art Museum
I was heartbroken to read this NYT article recently about the American Folk Art Museum. It seems the institution is in real trouble, and might not be around for very much longer.
This is a crushing blow, because not only is this place important in a larger cultural sense, it's very special to me, personally. To say their Darger collection, Carousel exhibition, and early folk portraits altered the course of my life and work isn't hyperbole, it's the honest truth. It feels awful to think other artists and appreciators might not be able to visit this magical (if relatively humble) place.
I'm not sure what we can do about this, but I ardently wish I had deep enough pockets to swoop in and save it.
I don't want this box of idiosyncratic jewels to go away.