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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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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.

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

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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

Worn to be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket

On View

October 3, 2014 — January 4, 2015

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Past Exhibition

Worn to be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket

Conde Nast Traveler calls it one of the world’s nine must-see shows of the fall. This show will never be seen again. We’re the last stop on a two-year tour.

From military aviators to motorcycle enthusiasts, from movie and music stars to famous fashionistas, the black leather jacket has been a siren of cool for decades. And now it gets the serious treatment it has long deserved—a full-blown exhibition at an art museum.

In a nod to the connection between the black leather jacket and motorcycles, the exhibition includes two classic Harley-Davidsons, a vintage 1920 Model J, and a 1956 Model KH owned by Elvis Presley.

Elvis on a Harley
When he purchased this 1956 Harley-Davidson KH, Elvis Presley signed a promissory note to pay $50 a month and listed his occupation as "Vocalist, self-employed." He had just recorded "Heartbreak Hotel" but it had not yet been released. His life was about to change immensely, and this is the second of many motorcycles he would purchase over his lifetime. The odometer reads 123 miles.
Painted WWII-era A2 military flight jacket from a private collection
Painted WWII-era A2 military flight jacket from a private collection. Photo courtesy: Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee.

Jackets include:

• The rich military-history display ranges from World War II aviators to the jacket worn by General of the Army Douglas MacArthur.

• Garments from solo rock ‘n’ rollers from Gene Vincent to Joe Walsh, and groups from Judas Priest to the Doobie Brothers

• Arnold Schwarzenegger’s jacket from Terminator 2

• Rooney Mara’s Gothic geek look from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

• Harry Shearer’s jacket from the mock rockumentary This is Spinal Tap

The impact of the black leather jacker on fashion gets the full runway treatment, with works by Gianni Versace and Jean Paul Gaultier.

At the exhibition exit there’s a take-a-souvenir photo station featuring a Harley-Davidson and a selection of jackets. Among our favorites so far: #bikerbaby.

Black leather biker jacket with studs in characteristic Versace pattern.
Black leather biker jacket with studs in characteristic Versace pattern. From the Versace Women’s Ready-to-Wear Collection, Autumn–Winter 1991/1992. Photo courtesy: Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee.
J.C. Penney brand jacket worn by Elvis Presley,
J.C. Penney brand jacket worn by Elvis Presley, ca. late 1950s–early 1960s. Photo by Brad Chaney, © Harley-Davidson Motor Company. Courtesy of EMP Museum, Seattle, used by permission.
Studded leather jacket and shorts worn by pop singer Fergie in the 2010 video for Slash’s song Beautiful Dangerous.
Studded leather jacket and shorts worn by pop singer Fergie in the 2010 video for Slash’s song Beautiful Dangerous. Custom-made by Agatha Blois. On loan from Agatha Blois. Photo by Brad Chaney, © Harley-Davidson Motor Company. Courtesy of EMP Museum, Seattle, used by permission.

Worn to be Wild, organized by the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee and the Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle, will never be seen again. This is its last stop on a two-year exhibition tour, and come January 2015, the show will be dismantled and the objects returned to the lenders. To see the other eight fashion-as-art exhibitions highlighted by Conde Nast Traveler, click here, and scroll down for more pictures.

Punk jacket, ca. late 1970s–early 1980s, from a private collection.
Punk jacket, ca. late 1970s–early 1980s, from a private collection. Photo © Tom Fritz Studios, Milwaukee. Courtesy of EMP Museum, Seattle, used by permission.
Jacket customized by a young “Rocker,” a motorcycle-riding youth subculture group popular in Great Britain in the 1960s
Jacket customized by a young “Rocker,” a motorcycle-riding youth subculture group popular in Great Britain in the 1960s. This “Mascot” brand jacket embellished with pins is on loan from Lewis Leathers Ltd. Photo by Brad Chaney, © Harley-Davidson Motor Company. Courtesy of EMP Museum, Seattle, used by permission.
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