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Perry Glass Studio

A state-of-art facility on the Museum’s campus. See a free glassmaking demo Tuesdays–Sunday at noon. Like what you see? Take a class with us! More about the Studio

Moses Myers House

The home of the first permanent Jewish residents of Norfolk, this historic house offers a glimpse of the life of a wealthy early 19th-century merchant family.
More about the house

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the Library

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Jean Outland Chrysler Library

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Live art performances monthly.
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Historic Houses

Located on Freemason St. —
Open Saturday and Sunday

Noon to 5 p.m.

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Barry Arts Building at 4600 Monarch Way —
Tuesday-Thursday

10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Moses Myers House

The oldest Jewish home in America open to the public as a museum offers a glimpse of the life of an early 19th century merchant family.
More about the house

About the Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Art Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

Willoughby-Baylor House

Completed in 1794, this former home now presents a mix of art and artifacts. See what's on view

Located in Norfolk

One Memorial Place,
Norfolk, VA
Get Directions

While You're Here

Visit our Museum Shop
and the Wisteria Cafe.

Perry Glass Studio

A state-of-art facility on the Museum’s campus. See a free glassmaking demo Tuesdays–Sunday at noon. Like what you see? Take a class with us! More about the Studio

Moses Myers House

The home of the first permanent Jewish residents of Norfolk, this historic house offers a glimpse of the life of a wealthy early 19th-century merchant family.
More about the house

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the Library

Weddings & Event Rentals

The perfect place for your big day or special event. Get the details

Take a tour

We offer a number of tours on different topics. More about tours

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Visit one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

About the Chrysler

Our story spans well over 100 years. See where we began, how we grew, and where we're going. Explore our history

News and Announcements

See what's happening at the Museum, read Chrysler Magazine, and find our Media Center. Read now

Location

745 Duke Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
757-333-6299

Always Free Parking

Get Directions

Third Thursdays

Live art performances monthly.
See the archive

Studio Team

Meet the brilliant minds behind the Studio.
See the team

Studio Assistantship Program

Further your career and join us in Norfolk.
Applications available Fall 2019

The Masterpiece Society

Learn about this innovative group of museum supporters.
Meet the Masterpiece Society

Planned Giving

Help ensure the long-term success of the Museum.
Learn about planned giving

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December 20, 2018

Artist Michael Menchaca to Debut Work Based On the Chrysler Museum of Art’s Collection in Dioses Nuevos

NORFOLK, Va. (Dec. 12, 2018) – The Chrysler Museum of Art is excited to premiere Dioses Nuevos, a new mixed media exhibition by San Antonio-based artist Michael Menchaca. On view Jan. 25–June 30, 2019, the installation entitled Histrionic Mestizaje II is a commission based on the Chrysler’s incredible collection of Mesoamerican objects and Menchaca’s ongoing practice of reconceptualizing Mesoamerican deities within contemporary society. “This exhibition is about heritage. It has encouraged me to reexamine my interest in ancient Mesoamerican expression and philosophy. After experiencing my installation, I hope that viewers will gain a greater appreciation for the Mesoamerican ideologies depicted in the Chrysler Museum’s collection,” Menchaca said.

Menchaca’s creative process is a complex collaboration. He draws contemporary deities based on those from Aztec pictorial maps and records, which he finds in history books and museum collections. He often animates the figures, presenting videos that place his deities in conflicts or current sociopolitical situations, such as immigration and political bias, that impact Latinx, Chicanx and Mexican immigrant communities. The videos are then placed into a multisensory environment where Menchaca reconceives a temple filled with brightly colored, patterned wallpaper, soft material sculptures and an ambient soundtrack. He uses the unique combination of objects, animation and sound to entice and excite viewers.  Initially, the imagery seems to be a fun video game. However, upon closer inspection, viewers realize he is not creating entertainment. Instead, he is sparking a discussion about the issues facing immigrant communities today.

“Museum visitors will enjoy a sensory-rich experience in this dazzling exhibition. Menchaca’s immersive space brings the past forward to remind us that history is never truly the past,” said Kimberli Gant, Ph.D., the Chrysler Museum’s McKinnon Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art.

To create Histrionic Mestizaje II, Menchaca spent several days at the Chrysler examining the Museum’s collection of ancient ceramic sculptures and vessels from Mexico, Central America and Latin America. He then selected several works, each of which has amazing depictions of animals and warriors, and took reference images. Upon returning to his studio, Menchaca digitally drew over the figures, manipulating the images to enhance their presence and to elaborate on facial or body details. Those drawings became animations for the exhibition.

Menchaca also created a temple that visitors will find near the Mesoamerican collection at the Chrysler, presenting an entrance that is both menacing and comical. Most of the pieces within the Mesoamerican collection would have been ritual objects placed within a sacred temple. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our visitors to connect some of the oldest pieces in the Chrysler collection to issues and ideas that are very relevant today. We are excited to welcome this exhibition created especially for our Museum visitors,” Gant said.

Programming

Third Thursday with Michael Menchaca

Thursday, April 18, 2019

8 p.m. │ Free for Museum Members and $5 for all others

San-Antonio based artist Michael Menchaca will present a hot glass performance during the Chrysler Museum’s monthly Third Thursday event. Advance tickets are required. Register at reservations.chrysler.org.

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ABOUT THE CHRYSLER MUSEUM OF ART

The Chrysler Museum of Art is one of America’s most distinguished mid-sized art museums, with a nationally recognized collection of more than 30,000 objects, including one of the great glass collections in America. The core of the Chrysler’s collection comes from Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., an avid art collector who donated thousands of objects from his private collection to the Museum. The Museum has growing collections in many areas and mounts an ambitious schedule of visiting exhibitions and educational programs each season. The Chrysler has also been recognized nationally for its unique commitment to hospitality with its innovative gallery host program.

The Perry Glass Studio is a state-of-art facility on the Museum’s campus. The studio offers programming for aspiring and master artists alike in a variety of processes including glassblowing, fusing, flameworking, coldworking and neon. The studio has also cultivated a reputation for its cutting-edge performance evenings and was the host venue of the 2017 Glass Arts Society Conference.

In addition, the Chrysler Museum of Art administers two historic houses in downtown Norfolk: the Moses Myers House and the Willoughby-Baylor House, as well as the Jean Outland Chrysler Library on the campus of Old Dominion University. General admission is free at all venues. For more information on the Chrysler Museum of Art, visit chrysler.org.

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