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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

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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

Visiting Artist Series

Bringing the world’s top glass art talent to Hampton Roads
Find out more

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

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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

Third Thursdays

Live art performances monthly.
See the archive

Studio Team

Meet the brilliant minds behind the Studio.
See the team

Visiting Artist Series

Bringing the world’s top glass art talent to Hampton Roads
Find out more

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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Museum Guide — Celebrate Black History Month Gallery 200, Oval Gallery with Tightrope: Yellow Season, Elias Sime

Black History Month presents an opportunity to explore and reflect upon the cultures and communities of not just African Americans, but peoples of African descent around the world and those residing on the African continent.

The Chrysler Museum has a number of artists from the African Diaspora in its permanent collection as well as in its changing exhibitions.

During your visit, explore the Galleries and look for a Gallery Host (in blue) if you have any questions. Visiting online only? See more collection highlight here.

Yaller Girl

Joyce J. Scott (American, born 1948) comes from a family of makers and uses objects and techniques from her African heritage like beadwork. This work is composed primarily of a woman made of strung glass beads, connected to a large carved wooden mask. Protruding from the top of her head is a smaller solid wooden head. Both wooden objects are contemporary works and made for the tourist market in Africa (possibly Kenya).

Questions for looking during your visit.
How is this piece similar to the African masks in the gallery downstairs? How is it different?

On view in Gallery 227

 

 

Joyce Scott Yaller GIrl Beadwork, wood, and mixed media
Joyce Scott, Yaller Girl, 2006, Beadwork, wood, and mixed media, 2016.36.1

Mrs. Abraham White, Jr. and Daughter Rose

This portrait is the oldest work in the collection by a named African-American artist. Johnson is known for his painted portraits of prominent families and individuals, primarily from the Baltimore area where he lived and worked. This work is typical of his style. The subjects appear in a stiff manner with little facial expressions and a three-quarter view with a plain background.

On view in Gallery 209

 

 

Joshua Johnson (American, active ca. 1796–1824)
Mrs. Abraham White, Jr. and Daughter Rose, ca.1808–09
Oil on canvas
Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 74.6.12

Carved Elephant Tusk

Carved Elephant Tusk
Kongo people (late 19th–20th centuries)
Ivory
Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., 71.2409

Carved ivory dates back to ancient times and came from many cultures around the world. There are examples of carved ivory tusks from central Africa that were created as early as the sixteenth century for use by royalty. This later example was probably commissioned by the high-ranking person within the Belgian colonial regime. Belgium took control of a large section of central Africa from 1885–1960, exploiting and extracting the natural resources of rubber and gold.

On view in Gallery 110

 

 

Kehinde Wiley (American, b. 1977)
St. Andrew, 2006
Oil and enamel on canvas in antiquated frame with gilded ornaments, 2014.15

Kehinde Wiley is known for large Baroque-style paintings featuring African American working-class men and women. He often uses famous historic subject matter and replaces the main figure with someone he met. By substituting the central protagonist, Wiley tries to reinsert African-Americans into the narrative of art history.

Questions for looking during your visit.
The things you see in a portrait are clues about who the person is. What does the background tell us about this person? How about his clothes?
This painting is much newer than the other paintings in this room. Why do you think it was placed here?

On view in Gallery 205

 

Black History Month Programming

Large blown and sandblasted glass vase.
Noon, Mondays, Feb. 8 & 22
Thursday, Feb. 18

Facebook Live Talks Tune in

wood sculpture of a woman reclining on her right elbow
7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18

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