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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.
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

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Visit one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

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See what's happening at the Museum, read Chrysler Magazine, and find our Media Center. Read now

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Tseng Kwong Chi

On View

August 18, 2015 — December 13, 2015

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Past Exhibition

Performing for the Camera

Welcome to the first major museum retrospective of the work of Tseng Kwong Chi, a photographer with an eye for the theatrical and a well-connected chronicler of the ’80s art-and-club scene in Manhattan. This exhibition integrates his best-known works—collaborations with Keith Haring and his droll East Meets West and Expeditionary photographic series—with a detailed survey of other, less-exhibited pieces. Tseng died in 1990 at the age of 39, and his work has proven to be not only enduring but highly influential.

Tseng Kwong Chi, East Meets West Manifesto
Tseng Kwong Chi, East Meets West Manifesto, 1983, C-print, printed 2014. Image courtesy Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc., New York, and Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, New York.
Tseng Kwong Chi Art After Midnight
Tseng Kwong Chi Art After Midnight, New York Vintage gelatin silver print 1985 Courtesy Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc., New York

The exhibition was conceived and curated by the late Amy Brandt, McKinnon Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Chrysler Museum of Art, and is presented in her memory.

From the curator

“Until now, the critical understanding of Tseng’s multifaceted oeuvre has been limited by the few works, mostly from the East Meets West series, that have been on public view,” Brandt wrote. “Audiences have not had the opportunity to take in the full scope of Tseng’s powerful imagery, with its striking social, political, and philosophical implications, nor to appreciate his impact on younger generations of artists.”

The exhibition, co-organized by the Chrysler and the Grey Art Gallery of New York University, includes Tseng’s portraits of fellow members of the East Village scene and notable artists of his day. It features photo projects involving South Jersey lifeguards, beachgoers at Jacob Riis Park, a collection of witty party-crasher photographs from the 1980 gala reception for Costumes at the Met, and selections from a satirical photo critique of conservative politicians called “It’s a Reagan World!” In an illustration of the technology of the day, the exhibit includes rare, hand-crafted photo montages and a series of panels created from multiple Polaroids.

Tseng Kwong Chi William F. Buckley, Jr.
Tseng Kwong Chi William F. Buckley, Jr., 1981 Gelatin silver print Printed 2014 Courtesy Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc., New York
Tseng Kwong Chi Costumes at the Met
Tseng Kwong Chi Costumes at the Met, Celebrity Panel Photomontage with 20 vintage gelatin silver prints stapled on board 1983

A common theme, running from his epic Expeditionary selfies to his costume and party pictures, is performance as an expression of identity.

The exhibition’s subtitle, Performing for the Camera, emphasizes the aspects of masquerade, theatricality, and performance at the root of his conceptual photographic practice.

The exhibition opened at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery (April 21–July 11) and after being on display here, it will travel to the Tufts University Art Gallery in Medford, Mass., Jan. 21–May 22, 2016; and to the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., Sept. 17–Dec. 11, 2016.

Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera is accompanied by an illustrated 176-page publication with an introduction and four essays exploring Tseng’s work, his place in the New York City art scene, and his importance for contemporary artists who also address issues of identity, politics, and performance.

Tseng Kwong Chi Paris, France (Eiffel Tower)
Tseng Kwong Chi Paris, France (Eiffel Tower) Vintage gelatin silver print 1983 Courtesy Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc., New York
Tseng Kwong Chi Niagara Falls, New York
Tseng Kwong Chi Niagara Falls, New York Vintage gelatin silver print 1984 © Tseng Kwong Chi Estate
Tseng Kwong Chi The Shrine of Democracy: Mount Rushmore
Tseng Kwong Chi The Shrine of Democracy: Mount Rushmore, Black Hills, South Dakota Vintage gelatin silver print 1986 © Tseng Kwong Chi Estate
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