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Moses Myers House

323 E. Freemason St.
Open Saturday and Sunday

Noon–5 p.m.

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Reading Room
Currently closed

About the 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.
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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

Located in Norfolk

One Memorial Place,
Norfolk, VA
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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

Wedding & Event Rentals

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

In-person Tours

Group tours are available for groups of 20 or fewer. 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

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Visiting Artist Series

Bringing the world’s top glass art talent to Hampton Roads
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Studio Team

Meet the brilliant minds behind the Studio.
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Give the Chrysler Experience

Share everything you love about the Chrysler Museum with a gift membership. Perfect for everyone on your list.

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.
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Moses Myers House

323 E. Freemason St.
Open Saturday and Sunday

Noon–5 p.m.

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Reading Room
Currently closed

About the 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

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

Wedding & Event Rentals

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

In-person Tours

Group tours are available for groups of 20 or fewer. 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

Visiting Artist Series

Bringing the world’s top glass art talent to Hampton Roads
Find out more

Studio Team

Meet the brilliant minds behind the Studio.
See the team

Give the Chrysler Experience

Share everything you love about the Chrysler Museum with a gift membership. Perfect for everyone on your list.

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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July 1, 2021

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Chrysler Gift

Walter P. Chrysler looking at Stella Manteneia II in gallery. From the Virginia-Pilot, Ledger-Star, Photo By Mort Fryman.

Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. was the namesake of an auto magnate and thought to be destined for a long career with the Chrysler Cooperation, but his time in the family business was short-lived. Collecting art was his true passion. What started with a $300 Renoir watercolor that was confiscated and destroyed turned into a lifetime of collecting.

In 1971, Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. gifted more than 7,000 artworks from his personal collection to the City of Norfolk. The transformative gift, which included notable objects ranging from Ancient Egyptian and Roman glass to contemporary works by Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol, found a home at the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences, which was renamed in Chrysler’s honor. His generosity established the Chrysler Museum of Art as the largest and most important visual arts organization in Hampton Roads. Beginning this summer, the Chrysler Museum will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Walter Chrysler’s gift.

DOUBLE TAKES

Double Takes, 2021. Oval Gallery. Photo by Ed Pollard.

When you visit the galleries, look for extended labels offering more insight into Walter Chrysler’s collecting practices. Some of the artworks will be featured as Double Takes, unlikely juxtapositions or mini-installations that encourage critical engagement with a concept or theme. Assembled by Avery Bolden, a 2020 intern supported by the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Double Takes will appear in several galleries throughout the year and reflect on objects from Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.’s collection to raise provocative questions about themes like racial representation, standards of beauty, masculinity, implicit bias, white supremacy, and youth culture, among many others.

One of the highlights of the Double Takes series is a portrait of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. alongside Slick, Barkley L. Hendricks’s self-portrait. The portrait of Chrysler presents the famed art collector dressed in his naval service khaki uniform at North Wales, the sprawling estate he purchased in Warrenton, Virginia shortly after the death of his father. It is apparent that he has achieved extraordinary wealth. Slick offers a powerful reflection on masculinity, race, and power. Hendricks made Slick in the wake of a New York Times review that largely praised the artist but also used racialized terms, saying Henricks was “a brilliantly endowed painter” who employed a “stylized slickness.” In Slick, Henricks wears a kufi cap to assert his African American identity, and a white suit against a white background pokes at the racial politics of the era. Look for the Double Takes icon as you tour the galleries.

MUSEUM HISTORY

Starting in July, we’ll present a short film about the Chryslers and their time in Norfolk. Photographs and interviews with those who knew and worked with him will capture the art collector’s life as well as his gift of art that helped transform Norfolk into a cultural hub of the region. The film will also highlight how Chrysler’s gift served as a catalyst for growth in Norfolk and inspired others’ generosity, which continues to transform the Museum.

Torch will feature stories from curators, community members, and people who worked alongside Chrysler during his active years at the Museum. Learn about Chrysler’s journey from childhood to becoming one of the most extraordinary art collectors of his time and how it came to Norfolk.

SAVE THE DATE!

The 50th anniversary celebration will also include special exhibitions and culminate with a festive black-tie gala.

Pier Luigi Nervi: The Art and Science of Architecture

On view October 10, 2021–February 27, 2022

Building a Legacy: Chrysler Collects for the Future

On view November 19, 2021–March 6, 2022

Postponed: 50th Anniversary Gala: The Gift

 

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