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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.
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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

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
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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

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.
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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

Planned Giving

Help ensure the long-term success of the Museum.
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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.

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

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

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

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. Kimberli Gant, PhD, McKinnon Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, highlights a few of these works to present the range of the Museum’s collection and focus on some of our unique objects.

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.

1

James Baldwin (1924–1987) was a true literary genius from a very early age, but most images depict him as a serious, older male. Delaney’s painting shows Baldwin in his youth, with the bright coloring adding a joyous atmosphere. Gallery 222

Beauford Delaney American, 1901-1979 Portrait of James Baldwin, 1965 Oil on canvas #2015.28
Beauford Delaney (American, 1901-1979)
Portrait of James Baldwin, 1965
Oil on canvas, 2015.28
2
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. Gallery 110

“This selection teaches visitors about the important legacy of peoples of African descent throughout history. The works by both named and unnamed artists demonstrate the artistic depth and breadth of people past and present and hopefully heightens the visitor’s experience.”

3

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. 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
4
Loretta Pettway (American, b. 1942)
Untitled (Block and Strip Quilt), 2003
Cotton and polyester fabric
Purchase, Gift of Friends of African American Art and Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. by Exchange, 2005.2

Quilting has a long history within the African-American community. The tradition can be linked to older weaving traditions throughout communities in western Africa. The artist Loretta Pettway is from Gee’s Bend, a formerly insular community in rural Alabama with a longstanding quilting tradition dating back to the early twentieth century. Pettway’s technique uses bold, asymmetrical designs, linking her work to abstract styles. Gallery 223

5
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. Find this large-scale painting on view in our Baroque Gallery. Gallery 205

6

Rashid Johnson often plays with materials and situations that are part of African-American vernacular culture and everyday life. In this work, the artist incorporates black soap, which is derived from plants found in Western Africa. The soap is found in plantain, cocoa pods, shea butter, and palm trees and has been used in skin care regimens for African-American men and women for centuries. Johnson incorporates the substance to suggest new ways of thinking about traditional art materials. Gallery 103 (On view in the Waitzer Community Gallery in response to the current exhibition Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century.)

Rashid Johnson (American, b. 1977)
Black Hole, 2015
Branded red oak flooring, black soap, wax and spray enamel
Gift of Paul and Dedrea Gray, Chicago, in memory of Amy L. Brandt (1978–2015), the McKinnon Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Chrysler Museum of Art from 2011–2015, 2016.21
7

Have you ever seen thousands of tiny Czech glass beads sewn together to create an incredible mosaic? See Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence which features more than a dozen female bead artists from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This collective of artists developed a new form of bead art that uses the colored glass to transform black cloth into incredible contemporary art. The exhibition presents a range of images and styles and reinforces the dynamic practices taking place today across the African continent. Gallery 118, 200, and 204. 

Bongiswa Ntobela Funky Bull
Bongiswa Ntobela (South African, 1973−2009)
Funky Bull, 2006
Glass beads sewn onto fabric
The Ubuhle Private Collection

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