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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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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

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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Thomas Jefferson, Architect: Palladian Models, Democratic Principles, and the Conflict of Ideals

On View

October 19, 2019 — January 19, 2020

Located in

First Floor, Special Exhibitions Gallery

Thomas Jefferson was the most important architectural thinker of the young republic.

Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826) was Governor of Virginia, Secretary of State, President of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence. The most important architectural thinker of the young American republic, Jefferson conveyed ideals of liberty and democracy in his designs. He was also a slave owner. This exhibition explores this divergence alongside his extraordinary architectural influence.

Model of Jefferson's design for the President's House competition (scale 1:66), 2015

Organized by the Chrysler Museum of Art in collaboration with the Palladio Museum in Vicenza, Italy, this exhibition focuses on the ideas, formation and key monuments of the Founding Father who dramatically influenced the architectural profile of the young republic. It will also confront the inherent conflict between Jefferson’s pursuit of contemporary ideals of liberty and democracy and his use of slave labor to construct his monuments.

The exhibition follows Jefferson’s evolution as an architect with nearly 130 objects, including models, rare books, paintings, drawings, early photographs and architectural elements. Visitors will see objects from the Chrysler’s rich collection, as well as loans from the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, Jefferson’s residences at Monticello and Poplar Forest in Virginia, the University of Virginia and other museums and libraries.

Designed by Simone Baldissini and Mauro Zocchetta
Constructed by Ivan Simonato
Model of Jefferson’s design for the President’s House competition (scale 1:66)
2015
Wood, resin, and tempera
Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, Vicenza

Drawing of Monticello: ionic portico and dome

His designs for the Virginia State House, the University of Virginia and his home at Monticello established a new standard for America. Jefferson sought to convey ideals of liberty and democracy with architecture rooted in the classical tradition and the models of the Renaissance master Andrea Palladio.

Thomas Jefferson (American, 1743−1826)
Monticello: ionic portico and dome, recto, probably 1778
Coolidge Collection of Thomas Jefferson Manuscripts, Massachusetts Historical Society, N91;K62

Slave Medallion

Through his travels in the colonies and Europe and his extensive library, he engaged with contemporary ideas of architectural design. Yet, at the same moment, the creation of these monuments was founded on the economic and social institution of slavery. The inherent conflict is inescapable.

The Chrysler Museum of Art will examine these facets of Jefferson’s architectural formation and practice to foster a new and fuller understanding of his accomplishments.

Slave Medallion
Wedgwood
Staffordshire, England, ca.1790
Stoneware, unglazed, with white and black clay
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Museum Purchase, 1982-202

Exhibition Sponsorship

Thomas Jefferson Architect: Palladian Models, Democratic Principles, and the Conflict of Ideals is presented with support from Dominion Energy.
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This project is supported in part by awards from the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the U.S. Embassy of Italy. Support for the exhibition catalog is provided by the Norfolk Society of Arts.

Delve Deeper

Exhibition Programming

Rotunda (Library) University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Mabel O. Wilson and Louis P. Nelson in Conversation

Renowned scholars Mabel O. Wilson and Louis P. Nelson will discuss the contributions and legacy of enslaved craftsman on the architecture of Thomas Jefferson.

Maison Carée À Nîmes
Dream It, Build it!

If you can dream it, you can build it! During this day devoted to building and creating, children of all ages and their adults are invited to learn, play and build. Create a castle out of blocks, design a tower out of LEGO blocks or draw your own fantasy city.

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

D. Michael Geller (American, b. 1942) Amos lies in a hospital bed in his den while Allena, his wife and caregiver, stands off to his side, 2018, from the Caregiver Series Archival pigment print (photograph) © D. Michael Geller
Through June 23, 2019

A Labor of Love:
The Caregiver Portraits by D. Michael Geller
Exhibition Details

From the Collection