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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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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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Located on Freemason St. —
Open Saturday and Sunday

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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.

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

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

Willoughby-Baylor House

Completed in 1794, this building was the long-time home of the Norfolk History Museum. No we present a mix of art and artifacts. More about the house

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

Vestibule 102

Work from local artists and studio assistants.
See what's on view now

The Masterpiece Society

Learn about this innovative group of museum supporters.
Meet the Masterpiece Society

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ArtExhibitionsPast

Wendy Maruyama: The wildLIFE Project

On View

September 22, 2016 — January 15, 2017

Located in

Past Exhibition

This captivating installation looks at the plight of two great animals of Africa, the elephant and the rhinoceros, and the carnage left behind by poaching and the illegal ivory trade.

Most known as an art-furniture maker, this retired professor at San Diego State University is a master craftswoman who branched out into different materials for this powerful work.
This multi-sensory environment includes elephants immortalized in works eight-to-12 feet high, and a Buddhist-style shrine offers incense and a bell that rings every 15 minutes to honor the animals lost to a $10 billion yearly industry.
Wendy Maruyama Orkanyawoi
Wendy Maruyama Orkanyawoi Wood, string, ink. 2014 Photo by Scott Cartwright
blown glass tusks go to the heart of an exhibition
These blown glass tusks go to the heart of an exhibition that cries out in protest over illegal poaching. Crafted with assistance by Nancy Callan and Dan Friday during a residency at the Pilchuck Glass School, the tusks are contained in Wendy Maruyama's work Sarcophagus. Click here to see the entire work, and click the detail image above to enlarge. Photos by Scott Cartwright.
Wendy Maruyama Bell Shrine
Wendy Maruyama Bell Shrine Wood, bronze, ink. 2015 Photo by David Harrison

There’s also a cenotaph, an empty tomb erected in honor of those whose remains are elsewhere, that features a video memorial to these wonders of the natural world.

Maruyama’s work combines art, advocacy, and education. These pieces command our attention and beg a question: What can we do to make this stop? Satao, one of the oldest and largest Kenyan elephants and the namesake for the artwork shown at right, was killed by poachers before Maruyama could finish the project.

Wendy Maruyama: The wildLIFE Project is organized by Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and is curated by Elizabeth Kozlowski. The exhibition is made possible by generous support from the Windgate Charitable Foundation.

Also:
• For an impartial look at the issue, here is a CNN report on the massive scale of the illegal trade and the scope of the slaughter.

• Here’s a beautiful video on the artist and her work that was produced by John Thornton for The Center for Art in Wood.

• For more information, here is the official press release, and here is an article in HyperAllergic.

Installation view Wendy Maruyama
Installation view Wendy Maruyama Sonje and Lekuta 2013-2014 Photo by Scott Cartwright
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