Symposia & Lectures
Nathan Lerner Annual Lecture
Nathan Lerner (1913–1997) was an internationally recognized photographer and industrial designer. He and his wife, Kiyoko, discovered and helped preserve the work of Henry Darger, who was their tenant in Chicago. The Nathan Lerner Annual Lecture was established by the museum's Contemporary Center in 2000 in recognition of Lerner's invaluable contribution to the field.
Archive
2011
Reading Ephemera (and Fairies) in the Artworks of Henry Darger, by Anna Panszczyk, 2010 Henry Darger Study Center Fellow

2010
Transsexual and White Slave Fantasies: Henry Darger’s Intertextualization, by Jaimy Mann, 2009 Henry Darger Study Center Fellow • The Art Student: Henry Darger and A Step-Ladder to Painting, by Kevin Miller, 2009 Henry Darger Study Center Fellow

2009
Missing Girls in the Art of Henry Darger, by Mary Trent, 2008 Henry Darger Study Center Fellow

2008
Artist’s Talk by Grayson Perry

2007
Film screening of Purvis of Overtown introduced by Bill Arnett

2006
The Kingdom of the Gods and Goddesses: Nek Chand, by Cheryl Rivers

2005
Film screening of In the Realms of the Unreal: The Mystery of Henry Darger and discussion with the filmmaker, Jessica Yu

2004
The World of Sister Gertrude Morgan, by William A. Fagaly

2003
Mutual Obsessions: Three Cartoonists Look at Darger, with Gary Panter, Art Spiegelman, and Chris Ware, moderated by Dan Nadel

2002
The Aronberg Mystery: Murder in the Realms of the Unreal, by John M. MacGregor

2001
Aspects of Henry Darger, with Mac Wellman, Monroe A. Denton, and John S. Gordon

2000
The Architecture of Madness, by John M. MacGregor