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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
Wednesday-Friday
10 a.m.–5 p.m.

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

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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

Moses Myers House

323 E. Freemason St.
Open Saturday and Sunday

Noon–5 p.m.

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Reading Room
Wednesday-Friday
10 a.m.–5 p.m.

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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Facing Ourselves: Mike Disfarmer and the American Portrait

On View

December 16, 2022 — May 14, 2023

Located in

Frank Photography Gallery

The work of the rural town photographer Mike Disfarmer provides a starting point for us to ponder, “What makes a portrait?”

Unlike documentary photography, which captures fleeting moments, people, and places, portraiture records a deliberate meeting between a photographer and their subject. The individual’s choice of demeanor, dress, and facial expression reveals much about the sitter and the person behind the camera. This exhibition, featuring six Disfarmer prints newly acquired by the Chrysler Museum, invites a close scrutiny of the personal dynamics within this genre of photography.

Mike Disfarmer (American, 1884–1959) Man in coveralls and cowboy hat, diamond border, 1936, Gelatin silver print, Chrysler Museum of Art, Gift of Michael P. Mattis and Judith Hochberg, 2022.22.4
Kwame Brathwaite (American, b. 1938) 
Untitled (Kwame Brathwaite Self Portrait at AJASS Studios), ca. 1964, printed 2017, 
Archival pigment print
, Chrysler Museum of Art, Gift of Philip Martin and Portia Hein
, © Kwame Brathwaite, 2019.34.1

Disfarmer operated his portrait studio in downtown Heber Springs, Arkansas, from the 1930s to 1950s, an era of historical significance framed by the Great Depression and World War II. In Facing Ourselves, such artists as Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, and James Van Der Zee—some of the best known names in American photography—are featured in dialogue with Disfarmer and one another. The subjects range from well-recognized figures like James Baldwin and Albert Einstein to intimate portraits of the artists’ families and friends. Whether the faces are familiar or unknown, we can see ourselves in the subject and, perhaps, they can tell us something about themselves.

More special exhibitions

On view right now

Jacob Lawrence, Market Scene
Through January 8, 2023

Black Orpheus: Jacob Lawrence and the Mbari Club
Exhibition Details

Through December 4, 2022

Norfolk Artists/Educators
Exhibition Details

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