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Jean Outland Chrysler Library

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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

Located in Norfolk

One Memorial Place,
Norfolk, VA
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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

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Jean Outland Chrysler Library

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

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745 Duke Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
757-333-6299

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Visiting Artist Series

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Studio Team

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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
Currently closed

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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Tuan Andrew Nguyen: The Boat People

On View

August 6, 2021 — January 2, 2022

Located in

The Box

Tuan Andrew Nguyen (Vietnamese, b. 1976), The Boat People, 2020, Single-channel video, 4k, Super 16mm transferred to digital, color, 5.1 surround sound, 20 mins, Edition of 5 plus 2 artist's proofs, (JCG11340), © Tuan Andrew Nguyen 2021. Image courtesy the artist and James Cohan, New York
Experience the work of Vietnamese artist Tuan Andrew Nguyen with his 2020 film, The Boat People in the Chrysler Museum’s video space, The Box, and one of his sculptures on view in the Museum’s Asian galleries.

 

The Boat People is set in an unspecified post-apocalyptic future at the precarious edge of humanity’s possible extinction. The film follows the band of five children led by a strong-willed and resourceful little girl. Calling themselves The Boat People, they travel the seas and collect the stories of a world they never knew through objects that survived over time. The film opens with the children wading ashore a deserted, sun-dappled island wearing marvelous steampunk headdresses. Accompanied by a captivating soundtrack, the children encounter many objects, static and mythical, whose history recalls the times past.

Nguyen created the film during a residency at Bellas Artes Projects in Bataan, Philippines. The film showcases a series of objects found in and around that area and anchors itself to the multiple layers of history in wars, migration and perseverance contained in the land itself. Nguyen is interested in objects that have survived through time—objects that humanity has created and, in turn, inherited. His work investigates both the stories objects contain and our memories of the objects themselves. The film was shot at various landmarks in the area, including the Boat People Museum, a site that preserves archival records of the refugee camp at the Philippines Refugee Processing Center (PRPC). The museum has the original boat that crashed onto the shores of Morong in 1981, carrying eleven of the first Vietnamese refugees to arrive in Bataan.

Tuan Andrew Nguyen (Vietnamese, b. 1976), A God, A Casket, A Crossing, 2019, Santa Clara Marine Plywood, (JCG11339), © Tuan Andrew Nguyen 2021. Image courtesy the artist and James Cohan, New York. Photo by Dan Bradica

Nguyen’s sculpture, A God, A Casket, A Crossing, will be on view in the Asian galleries as part of the Chrysler Museum’s Double Takes, pairings or placements of objects encouraging critical engagement with a concept or theme. The sculpture relates to the history of Bataan as the site of the PRPC, which processed roughly 300,000 Vietnamese, Laotian, and Cambodian refugees who fled their countries after the Vietnam War. A large number of these refugees landed on the coast of Bataan by boat. A God, A Casket, A Crossing is a miniature replica of one of the original vessels that were kept on the grounds of the PRPC.

This exhibition is organized by the Chrysler Museum of Art.

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