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Perry Glass Studio

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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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Vestibule 102

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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

Vestibule 102

Work from local artists and studio assistants.
See what's on view now

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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ArtExhibitionsPast

Baldwin Lee: The South in Black and White

On View

February 8, 2012 — August 26, 2012

Located in

Past Exhibition

“Looking Is Harder Than It Looks”

The South in Black and White: Photographs by Baldwin Lee.

Picture this: An Asian-American man from New York city is walking through African-American communities in the deep South. He’s carrying an antique-looking wooden camera and a tripod and asking people if he can take their pictures. Most times they feel comfortable enough to say yes, because as Baldwin Lee notes in his memoir, he’s a minority within a minority.

Baldwin Lee: Baby on Nail

“I routinely seek out the local police station when I arrive in a new place. I announce that I am a tourist interested in taking photographs and have very expensive camera equipment. The officers will usually produce a map and redline areas to be avoided, almost always neighborhoods where there is a concentration of blacks. The redlined areas are where I go to make photographs.”

Baldwin Lee: The South in Black and White

Contemplate this: Lee considers Walker Evans the greatest American documentary photographer in history, and is fortunate to have studied under him while in college. In large part, Lee is literally traveling in Evans’ footsteps. Evans took landmark portraits of people struggling through the Great Depression, and those pictures remain riveting and vibrant to this day.

“Looking is harder than it looks because looking is not innocent. Eye contact may cause a feeling of awkwardness, staring can be offensive, and the taking of a picture is potentially abusive. Eye contact is fleeting, staring is short-lived, but a photograph’s unblinking gaze lasts forever. A photograph preserves a moment. But this is not always the same as what the memory preserves. The record made by the camera is as unprejudiced as it is precise.”

Appreciate this: Chrysler Museum Director William Hennessey is personally curating this exhibition and is a big admirer of Lee’s work.

Baldwin Lee: The South in Black and White

“Lee creates works of great formal beauty and subtlety that reveal a deep feeling for his subjects and their life stories. Lee has a remarkable ability to discover in unlikely places people of great presence and spirit.”

Baldwin Lee Armadillo
Baldwin Lee: The South in Black and White
Baldwin Lee: The South in Black and White
Baldwin Lee: The South in Black and White
Baldwin Lee: The South in Black and White
Baldwin Lee: The South in Black and White
Baldwin Lee: The South in Black and White
Baldwin Lee: The South in Black and White
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