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Jean Outland Chrysler Library

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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
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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

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

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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

Historic Houses

Located on Freemason St. —
Open Saturday and Sunday

Noon–5 p.m.

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

By Appointment
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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Agony and Ecstasy:
Contemporary Stained Glass
by Judith Schaechter

On View

September 20, 2019 — January 5, 2020

Located in

Glass Projects Space

Judith Schaechter’s work probes the extremes of human experience and the intersection of the body and mind.

The overpowering emotions of agony and ecstasy are similar in intensity and create tension between illusion and truth. An important contributor to contemporary glass, Schaechter uses the very old and traditional medium of stained glass to create modern narrative artworks full of pathos, power, melancholy, and mystery.

Stained glass has its origins in medieval Europe as an architectural element used to decorate churches and deliver religious messages. Although Schaechter doesn’t focus on religious content, she invokes the aura of religiosity in her artwork to enhance the seductive power of her images.

Judith Schaechter (American, b. 1961)
The Life Ecstatic,  2016
Stained glass in lightbox
Lent by Judith Schaechter and Claire Oliver Gallery, New York
Photograph by Dominic Episcopo

Shown above:
Judith Schaechter (American, b. 1961), Realism (detail), 2016, Stained glass in lightbox, Lent by Judith Schaechter and Claire Oliver Gallery, New York, Photograph by Dominic Episcopo

Human figures are arranged against a lushly-patterned color field in poses of transcendence or anguish, creating imagery that is powerful, provocative, beautiful, and disturbing. The figural scenes are distorted and borderline grotesque; yet they are still beautiful because of the illuminated, colored glass and the richness of detail.

The works are meant to be understood as paintings rather than architectural glass. She uses sandblasting, engraving, and layering of colored glass sheets to create depth, texture, and subtle variation in her color palette, much like a painter mixes pigments. The glass is assembled using a traditional copper foil and soldering techniques and then illuminated in a lightbox.

See fourteen stained-glass light boxes by the award-winning artist on view in Agony and Ecstasy.

Judith Schaechter (American, b. 1961)
Anchoress, 2015
Stained glass in lightbox
Lent by Judith Schaechter and Claire Oliver Gallery, New York
Photograph by Dominic Episcopo

 

Agony and Ecstasy: Contemporary Stained Glass by Judith Schaechter was organized by the Chrysler Museum of Art.

More special exhibitions

On view right now

Eric Carle (American, b. 1929) Illustration for Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me (Simon & Schuster) Collection of Eric and Barbara Carle © 1986 Eric Carle
Through September 8, 2019

Eric Carle: Moonlit Nights & Other Illustrations
Exhibition Details

Woman in 18th century period dressing laying on her back
Through January 5, 2020

John Akomfrah: Tropikos
Exhibition Details

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