Born into slavery, Traylor spent the majority of his life after emancipation as a sharecropper. It was only after 1939, following his move to Montgomery, Alabama that Traylor began to draw. At the age of 85, he took up a pencil and a scrap of cardboard to document his recollections and observations. From 1939 to 1942, while working on the sidewalks of Montgomery, Traylor produced nearly 1,500 pieces of art.
In this cinematically-rich documentary, Jessica Yu portrays the life and work of Henry Darger (1892-1973), a reclusive Chicago janitor whose art and writing were discovered after his death. Darger has become … Continue reading