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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.
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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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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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Mark Rothko: Perceptions of Being

On View

September 28, 2011 — January 22, 2012

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Past Exhibition

The Chrysler Museum of Art presented Mark Rothko: Perceptions of Being, from Sept. 28, 2011 to Jan. 8, 2012.

The exhibition enveloped the Chrysler’s own No. 5 (Untitled)with five paintings on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.—each a gift of the Mark Rothko Foundation. The resulting exhibition showed the evolution of the modernist’s work throughout his career.

Rothko’s first paintings of expressionistic cityscapes, landscapes, portraits, and still life eventually led in the 1940s to an exploration of myth and the unconscious using the precepts of Surrealism, as well as the study of ancient civilizations, philosophy, and analytical psychology.

Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1958, oil on canvas. Gift of the Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc. Image courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Mark Rothko, No. 5, Untitled, 1949, oil on canvas. From the Chrysler Museum collection. © 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Mark Rothko, No. 5, Untitled, 1949, oil on canvas. From the Chrysler Museum collection. © 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

The development of his renowned veils of color from 1949 onward related in part to Surrealism’s project of unveiling half-formed images in the subconscious. Rothko described his mature works as “tragic dramas” that continue his earlier work in a more abstract format.

The viewer’s perception and emotional relationship with his work were a primary concern for Rothko. The Chrysler’s exhibition replicated the viewing conditions that Rothko considered essential to experiencing his work. He painted large canvases not to emphasize their grandiose quality, but to envelope the viewer in a “very intimate and human” visual atmosphere, in the artist’s words.

In the early 1950s, he began to dictate that his abstract works be hung low and close together, so that viewers were engulfed by the forms and their chromatic intensity. As Rothko’s forms hover indeterminately between being and non-being, they make us acutely aware of our own existence.

From the artist

“I am not an abstractionist. … I am not interested in the relationship of color or form or anything else. … I’m interested only in expressing basic human emotions — tragedy, ecstasy, doom and so on — and the fact that a lot of people break down and cry when confronted with my pictures show that I communicate those basic human emotions. … The people who weep before my pictures are having the same religious experience I had when I painted them.”

Mark Rothko, quoted in Conversations with Artists (1957) by Selden Rodman.

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

Five Years of Photography: James Baldwin
Through October 20, 2019

Five Years of Photography
Exhibition Details

From the Collection