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THE MAGAZINE OF THE CHRYSLER MUSEUM OF ART

Calendar of Events March/April 2010

p 4 Exhibitions • p 7 News • p 8 Daily Calendar • p 12 Public Programs • p 15 Member Programs


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COVER Susan Taylor Glasgow (American, b. 1958) Good Housekeeping Toaster (detail), 2005 Glass and mixed media Museum purchase in memory of Eva Wainger by her friends and family © Susan Taylor Glasgow

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Contact Us Chrysler Museum of Art 245 W. Olney Road Norfolk, VA 23510 Phone: (757) 664-6200 Fax: (757) 664-6201 E-mail: museum@chrysler.org Website: www.chrysler.org Museum Hours Wednesday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Thursday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday, 12–5 p.m. The Museum galleries are closed each Monday and Tuesday, as well as on major holidays. Admission General admission to the Chrysler Museum of Art and its world-class permanent collection is free. Voluntary contributions are happily accepted and are tax-deductible. Modest admission charges will be announced in advance of each visiting exhibition. Museum Members and children 5 and younger will be admitted free to all exhibitions. Accessibility Free parking is available in two visitor lots or on nearby side streets. The Chrysler is wheelchair accessible via the ramp at the side entrance closest to the visitor parking lots. Complimentary wheelchairs and baby strollers are available near all entrances. Gallery Hosts are available to assist patrons with special needs. Jean Outland Chrysler Library Open Wednesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Wednesday evening hours are also available by appointment only. (757) 965-2035 lchristiansen@chrysler.org

This publication is produced by the Department of Development and Communications, Cheryl Little, Editor; Lauren McNamara, Communications Intern. Unless otherwise noted, all Museum images are by Ed Pollard, Museum Photographer.

The Museum Shop Open during Museum hours (757) 333-6297

Membership (757) 333-6298 www.chrysler.org/membership.asp

Cuisine & Company at the Chrysler Wednesdays, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Thursdays–Saturdays, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Sundays, 12–3 p.m. (757) 333-6291

Group and School Tours (757) 333-6269 www.chrysler.org/programs.asp

Historic Houses Free Admission The Moses Myers House Corner of Bank and Freemason Sts., Norfolk Open only for scheduled guided tours: Wednesdays–Saturdays at 10 and 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.; Sundays at 1 and 3 p.m. (757) 333-1087 The Norfolk History Museum at the Willoughby-Baylor House 601 E. Freemason Street, Norfolk Open only for scheduled guided tours: Wednesdays–Sundays at 12 and 2 p.m. (757) 333-1087 Department Directory 333-6234 Office of the Director Curatorial 965-2033 Development/Communications 333-6253 Education 333-6269 Exhibitions 333-6281 Finance & Administration 333-6224 Historic Houses 333-1087 Library 965-2035 Registration 965-2030 Security 333-6237 Special Events 333-6233 Visitor Services 965-2039 Facility Rental (757) 333-6233 www.chrysler.org/rentals.asp events@chrysler.org

Board of Trustees 2009–2010 Carolyn K. Barry Robert M. Boyd Nancy W. Branch Jerry A. Bridges Macon F. Brock, Vice Chairman Robert W. Carter E. John Field Andrew S. Fine Elizabeth Fraim David R. Goode Cyrus W. Grandy V Maurice A. Jones Adrianne R. Joseph Linda H. Kaufman, Secretary Sandra W. Lewis Henry Light Edward L. Lilly Vincent J. Mastracco, Jr. Oriana M. McKinnon Patterson N. McKinnon Charles W. (Wick) Moorman, Chairman Susan Nordlinger Richard D. Roberts Thomas L. Stokes, Jr. Josephine L. Turner Leah Waitzer Lewis W. Webb III Wayne F. Wilbanks The Chrysler Museum of Art is partially supported by grants from the City of Norfolk, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Business Consortium for Arts Support, and The Webster Foundation.

I absolutely love modern art. I was so impressed when one of your staff approached me as I was looking at Franz Kline’s Hot Jazz. I was admiring the painter’s translation of the movement of jazz within the brush strokes. The Gallery Host asked if I noticed the dramatic difference in Kline’s earlier work. We walked to look at Kline’s abstract painting, the very painting I was most drawn to in that room earlier. … I have never had a museum staff member approach me for a stimulating conversation to enhance my experience. Everyone at the Chrysler was very friendly and enthusiastic!

Susan Krause, Kill Devil Hills, N.C.


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lessons from a birthday party I’m not sure that there are too many situations more frightening to a middle-aged man than the prospect of being left alone for two hours with a group of 12-year-old girls. A while back, that’s just where I found myself when I agreed to act as host and guide for a birthday celebration lunch with seven girls in the Museum café, followed by a gallery tour. My anxiety, which was real, turned out to be unnecessary. In the end, I (and, I think, my guests) had a great time. In the course of the afternoon I also learned a lot about what makes a Museum visit meaningful and fun. Here’s a summary: Scene One: The Chrysler Café At lunch we learned what happens when you add both lemon and milk to your tea, and that you can, with good instruction from a helpful hostess, learn the bewilderingly complex art of napkin folding. I also learned (though the girls already knew) that the single most important item to have on hand in any situation is a cell phone that shoots video. With no implied criticism of the food, the most successful part of our lunch was a group project to create an instructional video of the napkin folding process. Before the meal was over, this video had been shared with countless other 12-year-olds across the region. Scene Two: The Chrysler’s Glass Galleries Here, the history and technology of glassmaking held little fascination for our group. What was of interest was the selection of which pieces each girl would like to have for her own collection. Our group moved quickly through the galleries, enthusiastically making and sharing choices, and, of course, photographing them. We didn’t really talk about the reasons behind their individual selections, but it was exhilarating to watch the girls make quick, instinctive choices, and then share their preferences with friends. The experience was clearly a powerful one. The works of art provided a means through which each girl could define and distinguish herself and her individual personality. Scene Three: To Live Forever in The Large Changing Gallery We learned (a little) about the story of Osiris, but discovered that mummies, particularly dog mummies, are wonderfully creepy. Plus, there is nothing like a headless statue to provide a great photo-op. Just stand at the right height and your head appears on an Egyptian body. These images, too, were quickly shared through the magic of social networking. Scene Four: The Conservation Laboratory To see behind-the-scenes, we visited the Chrysler’s conservation lab. While Conservator Mark Lewis’s explanations about proper collection care proved not nearly so interesting as the chance to try out his headband magnifier, the real highlight of the visit was Mark’s demonstration of ultraviolet light examination. Although UV light can reveal previous restoration work on a painting, it holds an even greater power. It brings again to vivid life the yellow highlighter ink with which you drew mustaches, beards, and eyeglasses on your friend’s face the night before—even though you all thought it had been scrubbed off. Finale: Huber Court Seven cheerful and charming guests were reunited with their parents (only 20 minutes behind schedule) and sent off with an invitation to return to the Chrysler soon. I think they may. And I departed not just intensely relieved, but wonderfully energized. My time with the girls renewed my conviction that what really matters in a Museum visit, whether you are 12 or 60, is discovering connections between the works of art on view and your own life. We all need to be able to visit the Museum in our own way. We need to make the Museum our own by taking something away with us—a personal list of favorites, a special memory, or a set of photographs, preferably with us in them. And we need to be able to share our experiences immediately with others through jokes, conversation, instant text messages, and even through napkin folding videos. My young guests have it exactly right.

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Women Of The Chrysler:

A 400-Year Celebration Of The Arts March 24 – July 18, 2010 n in the Changing Galleries This spring, as the Commonwealth of Virginia celebrates the role of women in the arts through its statewide initiative, MINDS WIDE OPEN, the Chrysler Museum does the same.

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omen of the Chrysler: A 400-Year Celebration of the Arts is an extraordinary new

exhibition dedicated to the works of women artists – all of them drawn from our permanent collection. This expansive show fills both our Large and Small Changing Galleries with more than 150 works by women painters, sculptors, photographers, silversmiths, glass artists, and printmakers—from Harriet Cany Peale, Mary Cassatt, Käthe Kollwitz, and Dorothea Lange, to Diane Argus, Louise Nevelson, Jaune Quickto-See Smith, and Cappy Thompson. The exhibition traces the course of women’s ever-expanding contributions to the arts in Europe, America, and eventually the world through four chronological sections and three centerpiece installations. Our show starts with a section of Pathfinders and Pioneers, a group of largely unsung women working in several different media. Among the artists represented here are the seventeenth-century Parisian painter Claudine Stella; Hester Bateman, one of England’s first women silversmiths; Anna Atkins, the first woman photographer; and the intrepid Harriet Hosmer, who blazed the trail for women sculptors in mid-nineteenth-century Rome. A Feminine Mystique covers the years between 1850 and 1910, the crucial decades at the dawn of the twentieth century, when women first emerged in force as artistic professionals. It was during this time that ladies began, at last, to take their place alongside their male counterparts in both the teaching academies and exhibition halls of Europe and America. This was the era of painters Mary Cassatt, Helen Turner, and Susan Watkins (whose collection of work at the Chrysler constitutes a case study in itself). Sculptors Bessie Potter Vonnoh and Janet Scudder, photographer Gertrude Kasebier, and glass designer Clara Driscoll and her fellow “Tiffany Girls” shine through their art as well. As the Chrysler’s works by these artists reveal, the subjects that interested them most were familial and domestic in nature—focusing most on nature, women, children, and the home—and their stylistic approach was traditionally feminine and genteel.

Design attributed to Clara Driscoll (American, 1861-1944) Tiffany Studios, Corona, New York Wisteria Lamp, after 1902 Leaded glass and bronze Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.

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Helen M. Turner (American, 1858–1958) Lilies, Lanterns, and Sunshine, 1923 Oil on canvas Gift of W. B. S. Grandy, 1927


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In Embracing the Modern, encompassing 1910 through 1960, the subjects and styles decidedly begin to change. In these decades following World War I and with the triumph of Women’s Suffrage in America in 1920, women swelled the ranks of the artistic elite on both sides of the Atlantic. They also began to embrace the full range of modernist themes and styles. Subjects formerly considered the province of men—themes of social and political protest, for example— were now eagerly taken up by women and were interpreted through their own eyes. At the same time, women such as Paula Modersohn-Becker, Blanche Lazzell, Ilse Bing, and Lin Emery moved beyond the convention and mannerly refinement of the late nineteenth century to join the avant-garde, competing with men at the cutting edge of artistic change, from Cubism and Surrealism to Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, and beyond.

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Rineke Dijkstra (Dutch, b. 1959) Nida, Lithuania (Brigita), 2000 Chromogenic print Museum purchase in memory of Alice R. and Sol B. Frank ©Rineke Dijkstra

Today—Here and Now—women of all races and social classes find themselves at the forefront of artistic innovation. Since the mid 1960s especially, women artists have pushed the limits of their chosen media and increasingly investigated the complexities of artistic, ethnic, political, and sexual identity. Women of the Chrysler documents all of this with a rich array of works by modernist women in the age of feminism—Beverly Buchanan, Rineke Dijkstra, Deborah Butterfield, Cindy Sherman, and Karen LaMonte—and demonstrates the near dominance of the female viewpoint in contemporary art today.

Bessie Potter Vonnoh (American, 1872–1955) Gorham Manufacturing Company, Providence, Rhode Island Girl Dancing, 1906 Bronze Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.

Amid the show’s four key sections are two room-sized installations and a Chrysler Museum first. The Women, a photographic series by Gwen Akin and Allan Ludwig, provides a curious commentary on femininity and familiarity, personality and mortality. An electronic art installation by Jennifer Steinkamp shows the changing of the seasons—virtually—through the ingenuity of twenty-first-century emerging media. And a large touch screen installed within the gallery space gives guests hands-on access to our first exhibition website, www.womenofthechrysler.org. There, women of the Hampton Roads community share their perceptions via audio commentaries and invite all who tour the exhibition to participate in our electronic guestbook and blog where they, too, can comment on their experience of the art in Women of the Chrysler.

ADMISSION As part of our continuing celebration of the depth and breadth of the Chrysler collection, our doors to this exhibition are wide open with FREE admission! Free admission to Women of the Chrysler is made possible through the generous sponsorship of The City of Norfolk, The Rebekah L. Huber Family Charitable Fund 1 of The Hampton Roads Community Foundation, Mrs. Nancy S. Jacobson, and U.S. Trust.

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Highlight Events Members’ Opening Weekend Our keynote exhibition of this spring and summer offers plenty of reasons to celebrate the feminine mystique! With its 150 world-class works by women artists, all drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, Women of the Chrysler offers the perfect backdrop for a Members’ Opening Weekend full of art, music, and fun!

Saturday, March 20 The Swing Fling: A Preview Party for Museum Members 8–11 p.m. in Huber Court You can dance, you can jive—and have the time of your life! The Chrysler kicks off our celebration of women in the arts with a Saturday-night swing party. Whether you usually jive, jitterbug, or jump to the jukebox, enjoy dancing to the swinging sounds of The Laura Martier Orchestra. Plus, tour the heart-stopping art of Women of the Chrysler: A 400Year Celebration of the Art—open for the first time this evening, exclusively for Museum Members! Reservations are required for this free, Members-only event. RSVP by Monday, March 15, 2010 to (757) 333-6253, RSVP@chrysler.org, or www.chrysler.org.

Sunday, March 21 The Hampton Roads Premiere of

MINDS WIDE OPEN: Virginia Celebrates Women in the Arts 2 p.m. in the Kaufman Theatre Free your mind (and your schedule) for this Chrysler Museum exclusive—the area launch of the statewide initiative praising women’s contributions to the arts. Our MINDS WIDE OPEN day starts at noon with wide-open access to Women of the Chrysler and light refreshments in Huber Court. The festivities continue at 2 p.m. with the official welcome program. Get an introduction to all the MINDS WIDE OPEN events taking place in Hampton Roads, as well as an exhibition overview of Women of the Chrysler from our own chief curator, Jeff Harrison. Live musical performances by the women of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra complete this special day of sights and sounds. Be sure to bring a friend—all events are free and open to the public!

Not a Museum Member? It’s not too late to join the fun!

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Contact Brian Wells at (757) 333-6298 or bwells@chrysler.org.

In addition to the many exhibition related events you’ll find in this issue of The Chrysler Magazine, here are a few upcoming programs to mark on your calendar. Unless otherwise indicated, all programs and events are free.

Audio Tour

Explore Women of the Chrysler through the eyes and voices of the women of Hampton Roads. This free tour is available for download to your iPod or mobile phone throughout the exhibition.

Docent-Led Gallery Talks Weekdays at 12:30 p.m. Weekends at 2 p.m.

Women Speak: An Exhibition Blog

Share your response to the art you see in Women of the Chrysler. As you tour the exhibition, use your cell phone to call and tell us your views on the art, or submit a text message. Opinions will be posted on our special exhibition website, www.womenofthechrysler.org.

Music in the Galleries: Evening at Tiffany’s Wednesday, April 21 from 6–9 p.m. See page 13 for details on this special girls’ (and guys’) night out.

Girl Scouting at the Chrysler Saturday, May 8 Brownies: from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Juniors: from 2–5 p.m. Tour Women of the Chrysler, create an art project, and enjoy some refreshments at the Museum. Space is limited to three troops per hour. Register with Channon Dillard at (757) 333-6239 or cdillard@chrysler.org. Cost: $2 per Girl Scout (accompanying adults are free)

Art and Books, Wine and Cheese

Hubert’s Freaks Wednesday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m. Cost: Free for Museum Members, $5 for all others

Art in Motion Film: The Women (1939)

Harriet Goodhue Hosmer (American, 1830–1908) Puck, modeled ca. 1855–1856 Marble Gift of James H. Ricau and Museum purchase

Wednesday, May 26 at 7 p.m.

Art After Dark Film: A League of Their Own (1992) Wednesday, June 30 at 8:30 p.m. Cost: Free for Museum Members, $5 for all others; cash bar

Tickle My Ears: Girl Power Thursday, July 1 at 11 a.m. in the Large Changing Gallery Senior Art Forum:

400 Years of Art by Women Saturday, July 10 at 2 p.m. Cost: Free for Museum Members, $5 for all others

About MINDS WIDE OPEN Women of the Chrysler: A 400-Year Celebration of the Arts is proud to be part of MINDS WIDE OPEN: Virginia Celebrates Women in the Arts, the first statewide celebration of its kind. Between March and June of 2010, thousands of special programs and events across the Commonwealth will honor contributions by women to arts and culture. Any individual or group can participate, and the public presentations can include plays, choreography, compositions, and exhibitions of paintings, photography, or films that have been created by women or feature women as the primary focus. To learn more about this unprecedented collaboration, visit www.vamindswideopen.com.


Eliot Porter (American, 1901–1990) Redbud and Tulip Poplar, From Trees portfolio, Dye transfer print Gift of Joseph C. French, Jr. and John Wawrzonek ©Amon Carter Museum Archive

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Currently on View Landscape Photographs by Eliot Porter EXTENDED! On view through April 4 in the Kaufman Theatre Lobby

The artist, chemist, physician, and naturalist Eliot Porter (1901–1990) literally created a new way of presenting nature through photography. His large-format dye-transfer prints combine precise observation with rich and resonant color. This exhibition downstairs in our theatre lobby continues our series highlighting great photography from the Museum’s permanent collection.

Action Painting in the Chrysler

On view through April 11 in the Waitzer Community Gallery Experience the spontaneity and pure optical pleasure of paint dripped, flung, stroked, and slashed across large canvases by eight masters of gestural technique. Inspired by Freudian psychology and the actual process of creating art, Action Painting helped birth Abstract Expressionism and dominated progressive American painting well into the 1960s. As an enthusiastic collector, Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. purchased many of these works directly from artists he befriended. This exhibition, drawn from our own vast storage vaults, complements his purchases of works by better-known contemporaries— Hans Hofmann, Jackson Pollock, and Franz Kline— which are regularly on display in our McKinnon Galleries of Modern Art.

On View At The Historic Houses Moses Myers: Maritime Merchant

Ongoing at the Moses Myers House Supported by a generous gift from T. Parker Host, this permanent exhibition, recently expanded, explores the business of maritime commerce through the life of Moses Myers.

Barton Myers: Norfolk Visionary

Ongoing at the Moses Myers House Mayor Barton Myers transformed his city from a prosperous coastal town into a thriving modern metropolis. Thanks to a generous gift from T. Parker Host, the Moses Myers House honors this “first citizen of Norfolk” with a display of objects and images highlighting his extraordinary life.

Fifty Years Later: The Lessons of Massive Resistance Ongoing at the Norfolk History Museum at the Willoughby-Baylor House

Held over from the Museum’s full exhibition last winter, this multimedia timeline highlights the desegregation of Norfolk’s public schools through the photographs, documents, and clippings of the people and places that forever changed public education in Norfolk.

Dutch “Golden Age” Paintings

EXTENDED! On view into July in the Kaufman Furniture Gallery Many of the Netherlands’ greatest 17th-century painters are represented in this intimate exhibition of privately held gems: Gerard Ter Borch, Godfried Schalcken, and Frans Hals. This fine assortment is displayed among equally fine antiques and is on loan to the Chrysler from a generous collector in New York.

Paul Storr Silver Gilt Breakfast Service EXTENDED! On view through March 2011 This incomparable ensemble, the creation of one of Regency England’s leading silversmiths, stays at the Chrysler for another year, thanks to the generosity of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Cameo Performances: Masterpieces of Cameo Glass from the Chrysler’s Collection Norman Bluhm (American, 1920–1999) Untitled, 1958 Ink on paper Gift of Jean Outland Chrysler in tribute to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Grover Cleveland Outland

Ongoing

This show explores the history of cameo glass from ancient Roman examples through the popular resurgence of the technique in England during the late-19th century.

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Upcoming Exhibitions Dawoud Bey (American, b. 1953) Kevin, 2005. From the book Class Pictures (Aperture, 2007), Chromogenic print Image courtesy Aperture Foundation

On view March 26 through August 6 in the Frank Photography Gallery Photographer Dawoud Bey spent five years traveling to high schools across the country, photographing teens from across the economic, racial, and ethnic spectrum. Class Pictures presents 40 of his large-as-life photographs, each accompanied by a commentary in which the sitters describe themselves and their lives. The result is a touching, funny, and sometimes harrowing portrait of American youth at the dawn of the 21st century. Meet the artist at a special opening-weekend art class sponsored by the Chrysler’s Friends of African-American Art. For ticket information, see page 16.

Side by Side: The Chrysler Museum of Art and the Governor’s School for the Arts

On view June 9 through August 6 in the Waitzer Community Gallery In response to Dawoud Bey’s Class Pictures and portraits from the Chrysler collection, 11th-grade students at the Governor’s School for the Arts will mount an exhibition of original art. Weekly meetings with Museum staff throughout the spring will help them navigate the details of producing, curating, and publicizing a full-scale art exhibition. These sessions will also include a special afternoon conversation with artist Dawoud Bey on the opening weekend of his exhibition.

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On view March 24 through July 18 in the Large Changing Gallery For more information on this exciting exhibition and special programs related to it, see this issue’s cover story on pages 2-4.

Norfolk-Toulon: Sister Maritime Cities

On view April 24 through August 15 in the Kaufman Theatre Lobby In 1989 Norfolk and Toulon, France, became sister cities. The Chrysler celebrates this trans-Atlantic partnership with an exhibition of 30 drawings of both ports by noted architect-city planner Ray Gindroz. Sales from the sketchbook that complements the exhibition will benefit Hampton University students who study in Toulon this June. The Norfolk Sister City Association sponsors this fascinating show, for which the Chrysler will host an opening lecture by the artist on Sunday, April 25 at 4 p.m.


Karen LaMonte’s stunning Reclining Drapery Impression, 2009, was always favored to win the votes of the MAS Members, most of whom admired its “sister” during Art of Glass 2.

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MOWBRAY ARCH SOCIETY DRESSES UP CHRYSLER COLLECTION

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ith the success of Art of Glass 2 firmly in heart and mind, Members of the Museum’s Mowbray Arch Society selected a familiar “face” as the work of art they would add to the Chrysler Collection for 2009. Reclining Drapery Impression, 2009, by Karen LaMonte, was the overwhelming first choice of voters at the Society’s 18th Annual Art Purchase Dinner on December 8, 2009. The full-length recumbent glass dress is an unprecedented recasting of a 2007 work included in Contemporary Glass Among the Classics, one of the Chrysler’s three Art of Glass 2 exhibitions. Our new acquisition will remain on display in the same location its “sister” was shown, the Museum’s Greco-Roman gallery, per the artist’s request, says Curator of Glass Kelly Conway. “When Karen was here for the opening of Art of Glass 2, she was struck by the insightful and meaningful placements of her work within the Museum, but

the one that resonated more than the rest was this piece,” said Conway, who nominated it for purchase. LaMonte told her that after seeing her piece displayed among our classical treasures, she knew that “this is where it was meant to be.” The MAS Members agreed with the artist and with Conway. “The use of glass gives the piece a completely modern and fresh take on the classical tradition.” Fulfilling a desire for the Museum to acquire more 21st-century art, a group of patrons generously agreed to fund the purchase of another of the nominated works. Jennifer Steinkamp’s mesmerizing video installation Orbit 3 is a wall-sized projection of computer-animated leaves and branches that swirl and cascade through space and the seasons. Both new acquisitions will be featured in our spring keynote exhibition, Women of the Chrysler: A 400-Year Celebration of the Arts.

TOP Longtime Mowbray Arch Society Members Martha and Richard Glasser glowed in the golden ambiance of the black-tie evening in December. BOTTOM Museum Trustee Tom Stokes and his wife, Selina, shimmered among the twinkling lights and artwork at the Annual Art Purchase Dinner. Photos by Ed Pollard, Museum Photographer

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hether it’s a spring shower or a summer wedding you’re planning, we still have room for more brides and grooms. Contact Special Events Coordinator Mia Byrd at (757) 333-6233 or mbyrd@chrysler.org to find out how the Museum can set the perfect stage for your happy-ever-after.

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Morning Meditation Yoga for Art Lovers Gallery Talk Discovering the Collection: The Influence of Ancient Greece and Rome Member Event New Members in 2010 Welcome The Art of Jazz and The Fine Art of Wine JuJu and After Hours Art Activity Drawn from the Collection Art Riff! Falling Man by Ernest Trova Tickle My Ears: Stories and Art at the Chrysler Up, Up, and Away Gallery Talk Discovering the Collection: The Influence of Ancient Greece and Rome Music in the Museum Concert Tidewater Classical Guitar Society: Gabriel Bianco Historic Houses Weekend Program Divided City—Norfolk’s Civil War Gallery Talk Discovering the Collection: The Influence of Ancient Greece and Rome Senior Art Forum New Twists to the Greco-Roman Gallery Historic Houses Weekend Program Divided City—Norfolk’s Civil War Gallery Talk Discovering the Collection: The Influence of Ancient Greece and Rome Music in the Museum Concert Feldman Chamber Music Society: Hugo Wolf String Quartet Morning Meditation Yoga for Art Lovers Gallery Talk Discovering the Collection: The Influence of Ancient Greece and Rome Family Activity Do You See What I See? The Art of Movement Art Activity Drawn from the Collection Norfolk History Series Flight From Monticello: Thomas Jefferson at War Gallery Talk Discovering the Collection: The Influence of Ancient Greece and Rome Gallery Talk Discovering the Collection: The Influence of Ancient Greece and Rome Historic Houses Weekend Program Architour Gallery Talk Discovering the Collection: The Influence of Ancient Greece and Rome Historic Houses Weekend Program Architour Gallery Talk Discovering the Collection: The Influence of Ancient Greece and Rome Friends of Historic Houses/Virginia Chorale Concert Music of Quality and Taste: Selections from the Myers Music Collection Morning Meditation Yoga for Art Lovers Gallery Talk Discovering the Collection: The Influence of Ancient Greece and Rome Art and Books, Wine and Cheese The Awakening by Kate Chopin Art Activity Drawn from the Collection Music in the Galleries Concert Classical Guitar with Sam Dorsey Gallery Talk Discovering the Collection: The Influence of Ancient Greece and Rome Flower Guild Event Flower Arranging Club Gallery Talk Discovering the Collection: The Influence of Ancient Greece and Rome Historic Houses Weekend Program Ladies of Norfolk—The Myers Women Gallery Talk Discovering the Collection: The Influence of Ancient Greece and Rome Women of the Chrysler Members’ Opening Party The Swing Fling (Museum membership and RSVPs required by 3/15/10) 21 Sun. 12 p.m. Exhibition Preview Day Women of the Chrysler 1 p.m. Historic Houses Weekend Program Ladies of Norfolk—The Myers Women 2 p.m. The Hampton Roads Premiere of MINDS WIDE OPEN Special welcome program, live music, exhibition overview of Women of the Chrysler Morning Meditation Yoga for Art Lovers 24 Wed. 7:30 a.m. 10 a.m. Exhibition Opening Women of the Chrysler: A 400-Year Celebration of the Arts 10 a.m. Museum Shop Event Women of the Chrysler sales bonuses begin 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Museum Shop Event Painting with Stones Jewelry Trunk Show 11 a.m. Norfolk Society of Arts Lecture A Gallery of Worthies: Thomas Jefferson and Jean-Antoine Houdon by Anne Poulet 12:30 p.m. Gallery Talk Women of the Chrysler 7 p.m. Art Activity Drawn from the Collection Gallery Talk Women of the Chrysler 25 Thurs. 12:30 26 Fri. 10 a.m. Exhibition Opening Class Pictures: Photographs by Dawoud Bey 12:30 p.m. Gallery Talk Women of the Chrysler 27 Sat. 10:30 a.m. Friends of African-American Art Class Class Pictures by Dawoud Bey 1 p.m. Historic Houses Weekend Program …If You Lived During Slavery 2 p.m. Gallery Talk Women of the Chrysler 28 Sun. 1 p.m. Historic Houses Weekend Program …If You Lived During Slavery 2 p.m. Gallery Talk Women of the Chrysler 31 Wed. 7:30 a.m. Morning Meditation Yoga for Art Lovers 12:30 p.m. Gallery Talk Women of the Chrysler 7 p.m. Art Activity Drawn from the Collection 7 p.m. Art in Motion Film Who Gets to Call It Art?

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11 a.m. Tickle My Ears: Stories and Art at the Chrysler 12:30 p.m. Gallery Talk 12:30 p.m. Gallery Talk 1 p.m. Historic Houses Weekend Program 2 p.m. Gallery Talk 1 p.m. Historic Houses Weekend Program 2 p.m. Gallery Talk 5 p.m. Exhibition Closing 8 p.m. Music in the Museum Concert 7:30 a.m. Morning Meditation 12:30 p.m. Gallery Talk 6:15 p.m. The Art of Jazz and The Fine Art of Wine 7 p.m. Art Activity 7:15 p.m. Art Riff! 12:30 p.m. Gallery Talk 12:30 p.m. Gallery Talk 1 p.m. Historic Houses Weekend Program 2 p.m. Gallery Talk 2 p.m. Senior Art Forum 1 p.m. Historic Houses Weekend Program 2 p.m. Gallery Talk 5 p.m. Exhibition Closing 7:30 a.m. Morning Meditation 12:30 p.m. Gallery Talk 6:30 p.m. Family Activity 7 p.m. Art Activity 7 p.m. Norfolk History Series 12:30 p.m. Gallery Talk 12:30 p.m. Gallery Talk 1 p.m. Historic Houses Weekend Program 2 p.m. Gallery Talk 1 p.m. Historic Houses Weekend Program 2 p.m. Gallery Talk 5 p.m. Museum Shop Event 7:30 a.m. Morning Meditation 12:30 p.m. Gallery Talk 4:30-6:30 p.m. Education Department Event 6-9 p.m. Special Event/Music in the Galleries Concert

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6:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 10 a.m. 1 p.m. 2 p.m. 1 p.m. 2 p.m. 4 p.m. 11 a.m. 8 p.m.

Art and Books, Wine and Cheese Art Activity Gallery Talk Gallery Talk Exhibition Opening Historic Houses Weekend Program Gallery Talk Historic Houses Weekend Program Gallery Talk Special Lecture Norfolk Society of Arts Lecture and Luncheon Music in the Galleries Concert

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7:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 12:30 p.m.

Morning Meditation Gallery Talk Art Activity Art in Motion Film Gallery Talk Gallery Talk

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Hats, Hats, and More Hats Women of the Chrysler Women of the Chrysler The Myers—A Jewish-American Family Women of the Chrysler The Myers—A Jewish-American Family Women of the Chrysler Landscape Photographs by Eliot Porter Feldman Chamber Music Society: Garth Newel Piano Quartet Yoga for Art Lovers Women of the Chrysler Reggie Gist Drawn from the Collection Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine by Claudine Stella Women of the Chrysler Women of the Chrysler Divided City—Norfolk’s Civil War Women of the Chrysler Adventures in Art Conservation Divided City—Norfolk’s Civil War Women of the Chrysler Action Painting in the Chrysler Yoga for Art Lovers Women of the Chrysler Do You See What I See? Poetry and Prose Drawn from the Collection Music for Instrument and Voice: The Myers Music Collection Women of the Chrysler Women of the Chrysler Architour Women of the Chrysler Architour Women of the Chrysler Women of the Chrysler sales bonuses end Yoga for Art Lovers Women of the Chrysler Teachers’ Night at the Chrysler Evening at Tiffany’s: tour by Kelly Conway, music by DJ Android, cash bar Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists? by Linda Nochlin Drawn from the Collection Women of the Chrysler Women of the Chrysler Norfolk/Toulon: Two Maritime Cities Ladies of Norfolk—The Myers Women Women of the Chrysler Ladies of Norfolk—The Myers Women Women of the Chrysler Norfolk-Toulon: Sister Maritime Cities by Ray Gindroz Why Museums Are Necessary by Susan Stamberg Tidewater Classical Guitar Society (with Virginia Arts Festival): David Russell Yoga for Art Lovers Women of the Chrysler Drawn from the Collection Marie Antoinette Women of the Chrysler Women of the Chrysler

Jacopo Robusti, called Tintoretto (Italian, 1518–1594) Allegorical Figure of Spring, ca. 1555 Oil on canvas Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.

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N e w s Eric Revis assures Museum Director William Hennessey of Altria’s commitment to the Chrysler’s free admission policy with the best evidence possible: a generous check. Photo by Ed Pollard, Museum photographer

Corporate Support for Museum Programs

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he Chrysler is proud that a number of major corporations have stepped forward in recent months to offer generous support for key Museum programs: •

Altria has awarded the Chrysler a two-year, $30,000 grant to support our new “free to all” admission policy.

The Capital Group Companies, home of American Funds has donated $30,000 to support free admission and to underwrite visits and programming for nearly 3,000 Chesapeake Public Schools sixth graders to study civics through the Museum’s American art collection.

JPMorgan Chase Foundation has made a special $50,0000 grant to the Chrysler to support the creation of educational materials, including a new website for teachers, students, and the public focused on our Egyptian and Classical collections.

Norfolk Public Schools again committed to sending each of its fourth graders to the Chrysler to learn more about world cultures and art in programs jointly produced with Virginia Stage Company.

The Museum is deeply grateful for these timely investments in our efforts to make the wonderful works of art in our care relevant and meaningful to the community we exist to serve.

Myers Music Collection Shows Quality And Taste

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ucked away within the Moses Myers family papers are volumes of bound sheet music from the early nineteenth century. Thanks to the musical Myers family, the Jean Outland Chrysler Library holds some 900 pieces of Federalist-period music, the largest such family collection in the United States. Music was an important pastime for the Myers family. They regularly attended the theatre and recitals, and were accomplished amateur musicians who frequently played piano, harp, and violin at home for family and friends. Eldest son John Myers also sang on stage as a member of a local acting troupe, the Thespians, and his younger brother Samuel may have been a member, too. The works in their collection echo their love of music. Some are familiar: pieces by Haydn and Beethoven, Ward’s Collection of Popular Country Dances, a myriad of romantic ballads, and, The Star-Spangled Banner. Others, though, are virtually unknown, awaiting only the skill of interested musicians and an audience to bring the notes penned on the pages to life again.

To that end, the Chrysler’s Historic Houses are partnering with the Virginia Chorale to bring this musical past to the present through a special concert and recording. Music of Quality and Taste: Selections from the Myers Music Collection will be performed live on Sunday, March 14, at 3 p.m. in the Museum’s Kaufman Theatre. The concert is free for Friends of the Historic Houses, $5 for Chrysler Museum Members, and $10 for all others. A recording of the concert also will be available for purchase at a later date. For more information or tickets, please call (757) 333-1087.

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Free Admission And Egypt Boost Membership And Visits

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he Museum’s new “free to all” general admission policy continues to pay off. Not only are corporate donors supporting our initiative with generous donations, but more and more first-time guests are visiting the Chrysler. Visitor Services reports that we’re also seeing a refreshing trend of more diversity in the ages, races, and neighborhoods of our guests. Perhaps even more gratifying is the increase in membership since launching free admission. Many museums that move from paid to free admission see as much as a 35 percent drop in their lower-level memberships. But the Chrysler has experienced an increase in our total membership. Since July, we’ve welcomed 518 new members to the Museum! Of those, 481 joined during our exhibition of To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum. Since free exhibition admission is a benefit for all Chrysler Members, this blockbuster show was a strong incentive to joining the Museum. To Live Forever proved to be among the Chrysler’s most popular exhibitions ever, surpassed in overall attendance only by our Norman Rockwell retrospective in 2008-2009 and our Ferrari auto exhibition in 2003. By the time To Live Forever left the Chrysler in early January, more than 43,000 guests had toured the Museum, including a record number of nearly 5,000 schoolchildren who saw the exhibition.


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a Winning Winter at the museum Bunny and Perry Morgan Family Day As part of our exodus from Egypt, the Museum kicked off the last month of To Live Forever with another well-attended Family Day on December 6, 2009. More than 1,000 guests toured the exhibition for free that Sunday alone. Family Day photos by Jake Gillespie for the Chrysler Museum of Art Special costumes allowed kids to dress as key characters in popular Chrysler paintings, in this case, the noble Roman general Scipio Africanus as seen through the eyes of artist Guiseppe Maria Crespi.

Museum Conservator Mark Lewis compiled a list of sculptures that blind visitors can “see” with their hands while wearing special nitrile gloves. Here, Chrysler docent Gray Puryear (left) helps Brandon McPhillips experience the ferocity of Antonie-Louis Barye’s Lion Crushing a Serpent. Teacher of Visual Instruction Lee Ann Armbruster (right) accompanied second graders from King’s Grant Elementary School in Virginia Beach on this school tour. Photo by Ed Pollard, Museum photographer

Docent Rosalind Tester (right) shares with Frances Durham of the Blind Lions Club what she sees as Durham feels the delicate contours of Paul Manship’s Reclining Nude to get a vision of the work of art. Photo by Alexandra Hunter, Museum Educator

Tactile Tours Mask making was one of the more popular art projects of the day. Children chose from royal mummy masks and Egyptian cats eyes. Other kids had our professional artist do some Egyptian-style face painting.

It’s a whole new way of “seeing” for our visually impaired guests. In 2009 our Education Department launched a series of tactile tours for the blind, moving one step closer to making the art in our collection truly accessible to all. To schedule a tactile tour, please contact Alexandra Hunter at (757) 333-6268 or ahunter@chrysler.org.

Gazing at Giza – a photo op at the Great Pyramid helped guests “to live forever” through the magic of digital images posted online. See all our Family Day pictures at www.flickr.com/groups/chryslermuseum.

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Most public programs are free. Some special events have entry fees (as noted). In most cases, reservations are not required for individuals, but please call for group reservations.

Public Programs

GALLERY TALKS Take a free docent-led tour that highlights works in the Chrysler’s collection or special exhibitions. Tours begin at the Museum’s Information Desk in Huber Court at 12:30 p.m. on weekdays and at 2 p.m. on weekends.

WEDNESDAYS BY THE WEEK

Discovering the Collection: The Influence of Ancient Greece and Rome March 3 through March 20

Women of the Chrysler: A 400-Year Celebration of the Arts Beginning March 24, see the Chrysler collection through the eyes of women artists.

1st Wednesday:

Greek Red-Figure Storage Vessel (Pelike), 599–550 B.C. Terracotta Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.

Cost: Free

YOGA FOR ART LOVERS Wednesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. Healthy living and fine art merge in this new morning class for beginner and advanced students. Hatha Yoga instructor Lauren Sinclair will lead each class in Huber Court, followed by a short meditation period in the galleries. Come for one or all sessions; participants should bring their own mat. Cost per session: $5 for Museum Members, $10 for all others (payment collected during the class)

TICKLE MY EARS: stories and art at the Chrysler These programs for pre-kindergarten children take place on the first Thursday of every month and feature stories, songs, and surprises to help young children appreciate art. Tickle My Ears is generously supported by Target.

No matter what week of the month, every Wednesday evening the Chrysler offers something for everyone. Whether you enjoy live music, lectures, art activities, discussions, tours, or films, you’ll find a free or inexpensive family-friendly program here at the Museum. Here are our offerings, organized by the week of the month.

every Wednesday: Drawn from the Collection Wednesday evenings from 7-8 p.m. Dust off your favorite pencils, pastels, charcoals, even crayons, and bring them and your thickest sketch pad to the Chrysler on Wednesday nights to draw among the masters in our galleries. All levels are welcome. Limited supplies are available for novices and an artist will be on hand to offer guidance. Cost: Free

The ArT of JAZZ and The fIne ArT of WIne with Art Riffs! The Art of Jazz, our popular firstWednesday music series features the best performers from across Hampton Roads. Sit in Huber Court to enjoy the band, which starts at 6:15 p.m., or listen from a distance as you peruse the galleries, open until 9 p.m. The Fine Art of Wine, an informal

tasting sponsored by Farm Fresh, complements The Art of Jazz. Museum Members receive a $1 discount on each glass of wine and half-off on all wine tasting.

Art Riffs!, short explorations of selected works, fill the quiet time when the band takes its first break. Guests meet at the main staircase in Huber Court at approximately 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 3 In concert: JuJu and After Hours Art Riff: Falling Man (Series No. 60) by Ernest Trova Wednesday, April 7 In concert: Reggie Gist

DON’T FORGET, Cuisine & Company at the Chrysler Café is open on Wednesday evenings until 8 p.m. Bring your family for fine art and food!

Art Riff: Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine by Claudine Stella Cost: Free

Up, Up, and Away Thursday, March 4 at 11 a.m. in the McKinnon Galleries of Modern Art

Hats, Hats, and More Hats Thursday, April 1 at 11 a.m. in the Impressionist Gallery Cost: Free, but space is limited to 35 participants for each program

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Ernest Trova (American, 1927–2009) Falling Man (Series No. 60), 1963 Latex on canvas Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. © The Trova Studios, LLC 1963


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Most public programs are free. Some special events have entry fees (as noted). In most cases, reservations are not required for individuals, but please call for group reservations.

Public Programs

2nd Wednesday:

3rd Wednesday:

4th Wednesday:

NORFOLK HISTORY SERIES

Art and Books, Wine and Cheese

See page 16 for details on these second-Wednesday programs sponsored by the Norfolk Historical Society.

On the third Wednesday of each month, readers gather at the Chrysler to discuss great books and enjoy light refreshments together. The club meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Museum’s Gifford Room.

Every fourth or last Wednesday of each month, the Chrysler connects its collection and exhibitions to films shown in the Kaufman Theatre at 7 p.m.

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Who Gets to Call It Art? (2006)

NEW!

DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE? FAMILIES LEARNING TOGETHER Every second Wednesday, Do You See What I See? takes families into the galleries to explore the Museum’s collection through dialogue and art activities. Children 6 and older and their adult companions are welcome. Each program starts at 6:30 in Huber Court. Space is limited, so please sign in at the Information Desk.

The Art of Movement Wednesday, March 10

Poetry and Prose Wednesday, April 14 Cost: Free

ART IN MOTION

Wednesday, March 17

Wednesday, March 31

As we look to the opening of Women of the Chrysler, fall into The Awakening, the story of New Orleans native Edna Pontellier, who struggled to reconcile her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood at the dawn of the 20th century.

View our newly re-installed McKinnon Galleries of Modern Art, then enjoy this fascinating film about the vibrant art community in 1960s New York with footage of artists Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

“Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” Wednesday, April 21 Linda Nochlin’s essay has been a topic of conversation since its 1971 publication. In 2006, the author responded with, “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists? Thirty Years After.” Join us for a discussion of these seminal essays, available in the Jean Outland Chrysler Library. Cost: Free for Museum Members, $5 for all others

MUSIC IN THE GALLERIES

Marie Antoinette (1938) Wednesday, April 28 This classic film on the life of Marie Antoinette takes us to the Palace of Versailles, where François Boucher served as Louis XV’s premier artist. Enjoy the film after viewing his Pastorale: The Vegetable Vendor in our 18th Century Gallery. Cost: Free

Every third Wednesday of the month, concerts in our galleries highlight local and regional performers.

Classical Guitar Wednesday, March 17 from 7:30–8:30 p.m. Acclaimed guitarist and instructor Sam Dorsey will perform a selection of classical compositions in the Museum’s 18th Century Gallery, home to our Boncori masterpieces, Musical Group and its newly discovered partner, Card Players. Cost: Free

Evening at Tiffany’s Wednesday, April 21 from 6–9 p.m.

Tiffany Studios, Corona, New York Eighteen-Light Pond Lily Lamp, early 20th century Glass and bronze Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.

Bring your friends to the Chrysler’s Tiffany Gallery for a special evening of champagne and kir royales with music by DJ Android. Hear Kelly Conway, the Museum’s Curator of Glass, highlight our famed glass collection at 7:30 p.m. Plus, receive a free gift with your purchase of $50 or more in The Museum Shop. Cost: Free, cash bar

François Boucher (French, 1703–1770) Pastorale: The Vegetable Vendor, ca. 1735 Oil on canvas Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.

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Most public programs are free. Some special events have entry fees (as noted). In most cases, reservations are not required for individuals, but please call for group reservations.

Public Programs The Norfolk Society of Arts Lecture Series features a fascinating array of speakers and topics. Each free lecture begins at 11 a.m. in the Museum’s Kaufman Theatre. For more information about NSA membership, please contact Didi Granger at (757) 853-0221 or diedremg@aol.com.

A Gallery of Worthies: Thomas Jefferson and Jean-Antoine Houdon Wednesday, March 24, with a coffee reception at 10:30 a.m. Anne Poulet, Director of The Frick Collection in New York, reveals how the Enlightenment’s most notable sculptor defined our images not only of European royalty, statesmen, and intellectuals, but of America’s Founding Fathers, as well. Cost: Free, with priority seating for NSA Members

Why Museums are Necessary

Tuesday, April 27, with a special benefit luncheon following the lecture Award-winning journalist Susan Stamberg closes the NSA season with a very special keynote lecture on the importance of museums in today’s changing world. The National Public Radio Special Correspondent is best known for her insightful reporting, but also is a longtime champion of the arts and an articulate speaker on modern culture. Don’t miss a rare opportunity to hear this master interviewer live and in person! A special luncheon to benefit the Chrysler Museum follows the NSA lecture. Cost: Free, with priority seating for NSA Members and luncheon ticketholders, overflow seating available in the Museum’s Diamonstein Education Workshop. For more information or luncheon ticket purchases, please call Eleanor Harris at (757) 423-8939.

SAVE THE DATE: MOTHER’S DAY AT THE MUSEUM Sunday, May 9 at 12–5 p.m.

Joshua Johnson (American, active ca. 1796–1824) Mrs. Abraham White and Daughter Rose, ca. 1808-1809 Oil on canvas Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch

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Treat your mom to a very special free afternoon at her favorite Museum. Start with light refreshments in Huber Court from noon to 2. Then tour Women of the Chrysler and our galleries to see how some of Hampton Roads’ best floral designers interpret works of art in our permanent collection. Be sure to stay for the 2 p.m. concert by Bellissima! Their free program in Huber Court features music about women and composed by women, and, of course, is sung by Tidewater’s premiere women’s choral ensemble.

HISTORIC HOUSES WEEKEND PROGRAMS Weekend Programs at the Historic Houses explore specific themes of the Moses Myers House in greater detail. Programs are free and are scheduled weekly at 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. For details on each session, please see www.chrysler.org or call (757) 333-1087.

Divided City—Norfolk’s Civil War Saturday, March 6 and Sunday, March 7 Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11

Architour

Saturday, March 13 and Sunday, March 14 Saturday, April 17 and Sunday, April 18.

Ladies of Norfolk—The Myers Women Saturday, March 20 and Sunday, March 21 Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25

…If You Lived During Slavery Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28

The Myers—A Jewish-American Family Saturday, April 3 and Sunday, April 4 Cost: Free

TEACHERS’ NIGHT AT THE CHRYSLER Wednesday, April 21 from 4:30–6:30 p.m. Join the Museum’s Education Department for a free networking event exclusively for local teachers. Explore two of the Museum’s special exhibitions, Women of the Chrysler and Class Pictures: Photographs by Dawoud Bey. Enjoy light refreshments for an hour, a guided tour at 5:30, and resources designed to help you integrate our artistic offerings into your classroom curricula. Stay afterward for our free musical Evening at Tiffany’s at 6 p.m. in Huber Court (see page 13 for details). For more information, please contact Jennifer Schero at (757) 333-6221 or at jschero@chrysler.org.


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Gustave Doré (French, 1832–1883) The Neophyte (First Experience of the Monastery), ca. 1866–68 Oil on canvas Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.

Programs For Members & Support Groups

SENIOR ART FORUM This group for life-long learners meets one Saturday each month for a tour, discussion of art, and light refreshments in the Diamonstein Education Workshop. Saturday, March 6 at 2 p.m.

New Twists to the Greco-Roman Gallery

NEW MEMBERS 2010 WELCOME Wednesday, March 3 from 5:30–7 p.m. Quarterly tours offer Members who joined the Museum in 2010 the opportunity to gather together and explore the Chrysler’s outstanding collection with Museum Educator Alexandra Hunter. Meet in the Diamonstein Education Workshop for refreshments at 5:30. The tour will depart at approximately 6:15. Cost: Free for new Museum Members. RSVP to RSVP@ chrysler.org with “New Member Tour” in the subject line, online at www.chrysler.org, or call the RSVP line at (757) 333-6253.

MUSIC IN THE MUSEUM For the 2009-2010 season, these performing arts partners offer discounted tickets to Chrysler Museum Members on concerts in our Kaufman Theatre. The Feldman Chamber Music Society holds its concerts at 8 p.m. after a complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres reception at 6:30 p.m. in Huber Court and a concert preview by WHRO’s Dwight Davis at 7 p.m. in the Kaufman Theatre. Monday, March 8—Hugo Wolf String Quartet Monday, April 5—Garth Newel Piano Quartet Cost: Museum Members may purchase tickets at the door for $20, $25 for all others The Tidewater Classical Guitar Society holds its concerts in the Kaufman Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday, March 5—Gabriel Bianco Tuesday, April 27—David Russell presented by the Virginia Arts Festival Cost: Museum Members may purchase tickets at the door for $15, $20 for all others. For more information, please contact Ruth Sanchez at (757) 333-6269 or rsanchez@chrysler.org.

A new addition to the Chrysler’s Greco-Roman Gallery, Josiah McElheny’s Rearrangeable Domestic Roman Collection, challenges our eyes and understanding. Join us a conversation on this contemporary display and the ancient objects nearby. Saturday, April 10 at 2 p.m.

Adventures in Art Conservation For this special session, Catalina Vasquez-Kennedy, the Chrysler’s National Endowment for the Humanities Conservation Fellow, will share news from the Museum’s Conservation Studio, as well as stories from her studies throughout the world. Cost: Free for Museum Members, $5 for all others

FLOWER GUILD Flower Arranging Club Come hone your skills with the Flower Arranging Club. Participants meet every other month, and are provided with an arrangement, mechanics, a container, and a number of new arrangement techniques and skills. Each class can accommodate only 25 people. Since they often fill to capacity, please make your paid reservations early. All sessions are scheduled for 1 p.m. in the Diamonstein Education Workshop: RSVP by March 8 Thursday, March 18 Thursday, May 20 RSVP by May 10 Thursday, July 22 RSVP by July 19 Thursday, September 16 RSVP by September 6 Thursday, November 18 RSVP by November 8

Josiah McElheny (American, b. 1966) Rearrangeable Domestic Roman Collection (detail), 1994 Blown glass, wood, paper Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. by exchange ©Josiah McElheny, Courtesy of Andrea Rosen Gallery

Nicolaes van Veerendael (Flemish, 1626–1691) A Vase with Flowers, 1760–70 Oil on canvas On loan to the Chrysler Museum of Art Photograph ©Gavin Ashworth

Cost: $65 per session. Prepayment is required to RSVP. For more information or to make your paid reservation for any of the Flower Arranging Club classes, please contact Deborrah Grulke at (757) 333-6318 or email her at dgrulke@chrysler.org. You also may sign up and prepay online at www.chrysler.org.

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Programs For members & suPPort grouPs

Unless otherwise noted, no reservations are required for individuals, but please call for group reservations.

NORFOLK HISTORY SERIES The Norfolk Historical Society sponsors lectures in the Chrysler’s Kaufman Theatre on the second Wednesday of each month. Refreshments are offered after each event.

Flight From Monticello: Thomas Jefferson at War Wednesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. Join author Michael Kranish for a presentation on Gov. Thomas Jefferson’s handling of the British invasion of Virginia in 1780. Virginia was woefully unprepared for the invading British troops. The legislature fled the capital, and Jefferson himself narrowly eluded capture. Kranish describes Jefferson’s many stumbles as he struggled to respond to the invasion, and along the way, the author paints an intimate portrait of Jefferson, illuminating his quiet conversations, his family turmoil, and his private hours at Monticello.

Music for Instrument and Voice: The Myers Music Collection Wednesday, April 14 at 7 p.m.

Dawoud Bey (American, b. 1953) Shalanta, 2003. From the book Class Pictures (Aperture, 2007) Chromogenic print Image courtesy Aperture Foundation

Dr. James Hines, Professor of Music at Christopher Newport University, will discuss his past research on the historic Myers music collection and early-19th-century musical activity in Norfolk. Members of the Myers family not only collected American and European music of the period, but also performed at home and on stage.

FRIENDS OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN ART MEET THE ARTIST! Class Pictures: Photographs by Dawoud Bey Saturday, March 27 at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy a rare opportunity to meet photographer Dawoud Bey on the opening weekend of his Class Pictures exhibition at the Chrysler. Through his eyes and explanations, you’ll see high school students in a whole new light. Bey’s largeformat, living-color photographs reveal each sitter’s unique spirit, as do the brief autobiographies that accompany each photograph. Space is limited for this special FAAA art class and fundraiser, so please RSVP early. Cost: $20 for FAAA Members, $25 for all others. For more information or to register (prepayment required), please contact Jenny Kolin at (757) 333-6294 or jkolin@chrysler. org, or RSVP online at www.chrysler.org.

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SAVE THE DATE! Mark your calendar for the FAAA Annual Road Trip on Saturday, May 22. Join the Friends for a day of exploring eclectic art collections in Baltimore, Maryland. For more information, please call Jenny Kolin at (757) 333-6294.

Cost: Free for Members of the Friends of Historic Houses and the Norfolk Historical Society, $5 for all others. For more information, please call (757) 333-1087.

FRIENDS OF HISTORIC HOUSES CONCERT

Music of Quality and Taste: Selections from the Myers Music Collection Sunday, March 14 at 3 p.m. Enter the musical world of the early 1800s as members of the Virginia Chorale perform selections from the historic Myers music collection in the Museum’s Kaufman Theatre. For more information, see page 10. Cost: Free for Friends of the Historic Houses, $5 for Museum Members, $10 for all others. For ticket information, please call (757) 333-1087.


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Unless otherwise noted, no reservations are required for individuals, but please call for group reservations.

Programs For Members & Support Groups

TRAVEL ARTFULLY Join fellow Museum Members on specially designed tours that offer unique opportunities to learn about the artistic and cultural life of exciting destinations around the world. The Chrysler’s Art Travel Program offers flexibility, price ranges from budget to luxury, and the convenience of structured activities or the freedom of traveling independently. Your dream vacation awaits!

Italian Vistas

• June 7–19

This 13-day trip has everything you’ve always wanted in an Italian excursion. Enjoy multiple-night stays in Rome, Florence, Venice, the Amalfi coast, and Stresa in the Lakes District. Discover the treasures of Classical and Christian Rome. Walk in the footsteps on the ancients in Pompeii. See the gems of the Renaissance, including Michelangelo’s David, in Florence’s Academy Gallery. Visit Lugano, Switzerland, and cruise to Isola Bella, one of the scenic Borromean Islands. It’s the best of Italy! Cost: $5,099 per person, double occupancy— includes airfare from Norfolk

Masterpiece Society Trip Seattle, Washington

• June 15–19

Join Curator of Glass Kelly Conway for this eclectic excursion to the center of the Studio Glass Movement on the West Coast. Enjoy The Museum of Glass in Tacoma, as well as special visits to private collections and exclusive tours of artists’ studios.

British Landscapes

• August 19–28

Experience sleepy villages where sheep wander the grassy hillsides, lakes set amidst mountains that inspired centuries of literature, and cities thriving with arts and culture—these are the landscapes of Britain. Discover them on this 10-day journey through England, Scotland, and Wales. Sleep in a Welsh castle, wander through a cozy Cotswold village, and walk in the steps of William Shakespeare. You’ll also explore London and Edinburgh, and take in the wonder of Stonehenge. Cost: $3,549 per person, double occupancy— includes airfare from Norfolk

Classical Turkey

• September 23–October 4

Become captivated by Turkey’s rich culture and fascinating history. Strategically located between two continents, Turkey has been a crossroads for civilizations over the ages. This 12-day fully-guided journey features visits to famous landmarks such as Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace, as well as the ancient ruins of Ephesus and the legendary city of Troy. Cost: $3,999 per person, double occupancy— includes airfare from Norfolk

For more information on any of our art travel opportunities, please contact Deborrah Grulke at (757) 333-6318 or dgrulke@chrysler.org.

Camp Chrysler: Coming this July Bring out the artist in your child! Kids find inspiration from our world-class galleries to create works of art. Plus, families and friends join campers as they premiere their own art and theatre masterpieces.

Ages 5-6 July 5–9 9 a.m. to Noon Day Sessions

Ages 10-12 July 12–16 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Week Session

Cost: $175 for Museum Members, $250 for all others (includes a Household Museum Membership)

Ages 7-9 July 12–16 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Week Session

Ages 13-15 July 19–23 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Week Session

Registration starts May 3. For more information, contact Museum Educator Channon Dillard at (757) 333-6239 or cdillard@chrysler.org.

photo by Jake Gillespie for the Chrysler Museum of Art

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Women Of The Chrysler At The Museum Shop MEET THE ARTISTS

MUSEUM SHOP SALES BONUSES

Painting with Stones Jewelry Trunk Show

March 24–April 18

Wednesday, March 24 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Richmond artist Valerie Sanson’s handcrafted jewelry uses semiprecious stones, crystals, and pearls from all over the world. Each piece is unique and boutique quality. Museum Members will receive 20% off purchases from this event, plus a free gift.

Purchase $100 or more and receive a Tiffany-inspired dragonfly cosmetic bag. Offer is good only while supplies last.

Solace Studios Trunk Show

Saturday, May 1 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Barb Polin from Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley presents her collection of fine art wear and accessories featuring marbled fabric and leather. Each quality creation is one of a kind. Museum Members save 20% on Solace purchases during the show, plus get a free gift.

Fiddlesticks Jewelry Pendants Poquoson-based jewelry artisan Nancy Witte has created a line of glass pendants exclusively for the Chrysler Museum of Art. Each features hand-blown Murano and Venetian glass on a 15” sterling silver chain. Choose from five stunning styles and color combinations, only $50 each in The Museum Shop.


The Chrysler | The magazine of the Chrysler Museum of Art | March/April 2010  

The magazine of the Chrysler Museum of Art

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