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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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October 19, 2021

Chrysler Museum Receives Gifts of Art from Local Collectors that Enhance Diversity in the Permanent Collection

Glenn Ligon (American b. 1960), Study for Negro Sunshine #73, 2011, Oilstick, coal dust, and gesso on paper, Promised Gift of Meredith and Brother Rutter © Glenn Ligon; Courtesy of the artist, Hauser & Wirth, New York, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, Thomas Dane Gallery, London and Chantal Crousel, Paris

NORFOLK, Va. (Oct. 13, 2021) As the Chrysler Museum of Art celebrates the 50th anniversary of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.’s transformative gift of art, local and regional collectors continue to bolster the Chrysler’s holdings with enriching gifts of art. Meredith and Brother Rutter are members of this new generation of collectors and have promised eight pieces of contemporary painting, photography and sculpture to the Chrysler. Among the gifts are works by Glenn Ligon, McArthur Binion, Math Bass, Hank Willis Thomas, Matthew Brandt, Alex Prager and Brian Bress. The objects will come into the collection over time, with several pieces arriving in the next couple of years and others further in the future. “Meredith and Brother Rutter’s gifts of art will allow the Chrysler to present powerful works and share stories that are relevant to the communities we serve,” said Chrysler Museum Director Erik Neil. “It is the Museum’s mission to bring art and people together through experiences that delight, transform and inspire. Gifts such as those from the Rutter’s advance that mission by bringing new artists and greater diversity to the Chrysler’s collection.”

Visitors will get their first look at some of the artworks from the Rutters’ personal collection this fall in Building a Legacy: Chrysler Collects for the Future. The exhibition will feature recent and promised gifts that will allow the Museum to tell richer and more compelling stories and increase the diversity of its holdings. Three gifts from the Rutters will be featured in the exhibition: Ligon’s Study for Negro Sunshine #73, Binion’s dna:study and Bass’ Step Platform. All of these artists are new to the Chrysler Museum’s permanent collection. Ligon and Binion, both African American, are major figures in contemporary art. Bass is a younger female artist and a rising star in contemporary art. Their works represent a range of media, including works on paper, mixed media painting and steel sculpture. “We felt that concentrating as much as possible on women and artists of color would have the greatest impact on the Chrysler collection. And, since Walter Chrysler made his magnificent gift before much of what would be considered ‘contemporary art,’ we hope the gifts of recent objects will also have a positive impact,” the Rutters said.

The Rutters realize that, similar to most of the art world, museum collections are skewed. To tell a more comprehensive story on the history of art, institutions must focus on artists, mediums and content that have been ignored or forgotten. Their additions to the Chrysler Museum will spark transformative discussions for decades to come about the environment, social justice, interaction within an artist’s circle and new ideas of minimalism and visual perception. These discussions reflect the world around us.

Meredith and Brother Rutter have been incredible supporters of the Chrysler Museum for almost two decades. Meredith is the current chair of the Masterpiece Steering Committee and was a member of the Norfolk Society of Arts. Brother has been a highly active member of the Chrysler’s Board of Trustees for many years and is the current Board chair. They also founded the Rutter Family Art Foundation to support nonprofit arts organizations in Hampton Roads and bring contemporary art to the widest possible audience.

The Chrysler Museum seeks to expand presentations of the history of art through the collection. Gifts from local and regional collectors like Meredith and Brother Rutter make that possible. With each additional work, the narrative expands and becomes more nuanced. The Rutters’ incredible donation will impact the valuable stories the Chrysler Museum can tell for generations to come.

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-the-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.

In addition, the Chrysler Museum of Art administers the Moses Myers House, a historic house in downtown Norfolk, as well as the Jean Outland Chrysler Library. For more information on the Chrysler Museum of Art, visit chrysler.org.

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