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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.
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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

Willoughby-Baylor House

Completed in 1794, this former home now presents a mix of art and artifacts. See what's on view

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One Memorial Place,
Norfolk, VA
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Visit our Museum Shop
and the Wisteria Cafe.

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

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

Willoughby-Baylor House

Completed in 1794, this building was the long-time home of the Norfolk History Museum. No we present a mix of art and artifacts. More about the house

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ArtExhibitionsPast

Edward Burtynsky: Water

On View

February 12, 2016 — May 15, 2016

Located in

Past Exhibition

Edward Burtynsky, Olfusa River #1
Edward Burtynsky, Olfusa River #1, Iceland, digital chromogenic print, 2012. © Edward Burtynsky.

For many of the pictures contained in this exhibition, internationally acclaimed photographer Edward Burtynsky first had to defy gravity.

“I’ve absolutely liberated myself of where I get to stand. If I want to be anywhere, I will be there, I will find a way to be there. It’s quite interesting when you kind of release yourself from gravity, so to speak, and find that you can make the point of view anywhere that you want it to be.”

Edward Burtynsky Dryland Farming #2
Edward Burtynsky Dryland Farming #2, Monegros County, Aragon, Spain 2010.
Edward Burtynsky Navajo Reservation/Suburb
Edward Burtynsky Navajo Reservation/Suburb, Phoenix, Arizona, USA 2011

Edward Burtynsky got his first camera and darkroom at age 11, and forged a long and distinguished photographic career. The Canadian had traveled the world on two major projects, China and Oil, before turning to this one. In his drive for the perfect picture from the perfect spot, Water took five years and visits to nine countries to complete.

“I’m not really a landscape photographer, per se. I’m a photographer of human systems that are imposed upon a landscape.”

The exhibition includes 58 photographs, all large (4 by 5 feet minimum), all extremely high-definition, and all composed with great skill. Many are aerial photographs, as his quest to rise above the ordinary translated into the use of planes, helicopters, drones, and even a 50-foot pneumatic mast.

“I work backwards from the subject matter to the point of view, and in this project, for the first time, completely released myself from gravity, that the point of view would be wherever it is. And that was interesting, so it was very much a global approach to the idea of water, with no restrictions as to where I could stand. … That for me was a very interesting creative jump.”

Edward Burtynsky Step-well #4
Edward Burtynsky Step-well #4, Sagar Kund Baori, Bundi, Rajasthan, India 2010.

“Human ingenuity and the development of its industries have allowed us to control the Earth’s water in ways that were unimaginable even just a century ago. While trying to accommodate the growing needs of an expanding, and very thirsty civilization, we are reshaping the Earth in colossal ways. In this new and powerful role over the planet, we are also capable of engineering our own demise. We have to learn to think more long-term about the consequences of what we are doing, while we are doing it. My hope is that these pictures will stimulate a process of thinking about something essential to our survival, something we often take for granted—until it’s gone.”

Edward Burtynsky VeronaWalk
Edward Burtynsky VeronaWalk, Naples, Florida, USA 2012

The exhibition focuses on six themes, including agriculture, aquaculture, waterfront and control. In the theme distress, scenes of great beauty are mixed with an unsettling sense that something just isn’t right. For the theme source, for the first time in three decades, he was taking pictures of pristine wilderness.

This exhibition, organized by the New Orleans Museum of Art, opened Feb. 12, 2016 and ran through May 15, 2016.

“Water is not optional. As a liquid, it’s the ultimate thing that provides for life. If it’s missing, humans have to leave that area. It’s as simple as that.”

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