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Moses Myers House

323 E. Freemason St.
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Noon–5 p.m.

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Reading Room
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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

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Location

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

Always Free Parking

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Third Thursdays

Live art performances monthly.
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Studio Team

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Visiting Artist Series

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

Third Thursdays

Live art performances monthly.
See the archive

Studio Team

Meet the brilliant minds behind the Studio.
See the team

Visiting Artist Series

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

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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ArtExhibitionsPast

Brendan Fernandes:
Bodily Forms

On View

January 17, 2020 — August 30, 2020

Located in

The Box

Brendan Fernandes on his back with legs outstretched above him.
Brendan Fernandes (Canadian; b. Kenya, 1979; active in Chicago, IL)
Still from Standing Leg (2014), video
Live performance and video performance with wooden ballet foot stretcher
Variable, video duration 00:5:12
Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago

Performance artist Brenden Fernandes uses art to confront issues related to the human body. His mixed-media objects and installations often include video, performance, sculpture, and photography.

The Chrysler Museum will present three of Fernandes’ 2014 works—Standing Leg, a film featuring Fernandes; Andrew’s Feet featuring the appendages of another dancer; and Mastered Form, a crystal sculpture.

A Canadian of Kenyan and Indian descent, Fernandes presents the body as a space of labor and addresses how his body is often exotified. His works also acknowledge larger issues of the relationship between the human form and power dynamics throughout histories of colonialism, post-colonial violence, sexuality, and struggle.

 

Installation image with plith and crystal ballet foot stretcher. Video playing in background.
Brendan Fernandes (Canadian; b. Kenya, 1979; active in Chicago, IL)
Installation view of Mastered Form I, 2015
Cast crystal ballet foot stretcher, custom concrete plinth
Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago

In Standing Leg, Fernandes performs with a ballet foot stretcher, a wooden device dancers use to manipulate and stretch the foot into the “ideal” arched shape. Referencing his former career as a dancer, the performance is beautiful yet awkward as Fernandes tries to perform with a heavy, clumsy appendage. The piece demonstrates how dancers have to re-form their bodies and often perform despite pain.

Andrew’s Feet features a close up of a dancer’s feet as he executes stretches both sitting and standing. Similar to the work featuring Fernandes, the performer is in the act of labor. Viewers witness the various ways he prepares his body for a concert, a situation most people will never see.

Mastered Form is a crystal sculpture of the artist’s arch that was made from the mold of the foot stretcher in the film. The apparatus is meant to create perfection. Fernandes felt the aesthetic allure of crystal reinforces the fetishization of the arch. Together, the film and sculpture highlight the hidden, and often painful, processes of performing the effortless beauty of dance.

This exhibition is organized by the Chrysler Museum of Art courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.

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Art of the Rehearsal
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Come Together, Right Now: The Art of Gathering
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