The Chrysler Museum of Art is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibitions for the first half of 2015. From historic photographs of America’s 16th president to glass sculpture gardens, there’s something for everyone at the Chrysler Museum of Art.
Chihuly in the Garden
Sunday, June 14 – Sunday, September 6

Dale Chihuly—his name is synonymous with color, composition, and quality in contemporary glass. And as Virginia Arts Festival and Virginia Symphony present Béla Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle with stunning glass sets by the famed artist, the Chrysler Museum of Art complements this dramatic performance with dazzling, dynamic glass experiences certain to please the most discerning aficionados. Witness the wonder of contemporary glass art with Chihuly in the Garden, a whimsical outdoor exhibition of towering turquoise reeds and soaring cyan marlins that pays tribute to Norfolk’s natural and nautical beauty.
The Artist’s Garden
Sunday, June 14 – Sunday, September 6

An exhibition inspired by the rich beauty of gardens and flowers will offer Chrysler visitors a chance to see works by top American Impressionists. This special exhibition brings together dozens of masterworks by Childe Hassam, William Merritt Chase, John Henry Twachtman, Frederick Carl Frieseke, and others, lent by prominent museums and private collections around the United States. Follow these painters on a colorful journey from their backyards to the great gardens of the world. Expect warm sunlight, rustling branches, and the exquisite colors of flower petals captured in brilliant strokes.
In the Box: Hank Willis Thomas
Friday, June 19 – Sunday, October 4

Patterns in shades of the Black Power Movement—including a recolored Confederate flag—pulse to a running voice track of recordings of black leaders and celebrities in Black Righteous Space. From the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Rev. Jeremiah Wright, from The Watts Prophets to Chris Rock, their observations range from profound to profane, each punctuated with a throbbing rush of visual force.  Grab the microphone in The Box to add your voice to theirs in this interactive video installation.
The exhibitions listed are free and open to the public.

The recently expanded Chrysler Museum of Art is one of America’s most distinguished mid-sized art museums, with a nationally recognized collection of more than 30,000 objects, including one of the great glass collections in America. 

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A Look at Previous Exhibits in 2015

Shooting Lincoln: Photography and the Sixteenth President
Tuesday, February 10 – Sunday, July 5

A closer look at the American icon and past President, Abraham Lincoln, as illustrated by more than 40 photographs from the Chrysler Collection. The presidency of Abraham Lincoln coincided with major scientific advances in photography, allowing Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner, and other professional photographers to capture his image in studio portraits and on the battlefields of the Civil War. After his death, photos of the funeral ceremonies helped the nation grieve and heal. Featuring more than 70 rarely exhibited works, including many from the Chrysler’s David L. Hack Collection of vintage Civil War photos, this exhibition provides a vivid portrait of a great leader as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of his death.
Nineteen Lincolns
Tuesday, February 10 – Sunday, July 5

This portrait series explores what modern-day Abraham Lincoln reenactors are able to tell us about the history and mythology of the 16th president. Photographer, artist, and Old Dominion University professor Greta Pratt offers a penetrating mix of history and myth with Nineteen Lincolns. This portrait series of members of The Association of Lincoln Presenters goes far beyond reenactor costumes and stovepipe hats. The traits projected in these unique personas reflect traits associated with the history of a wartime president. Famous for determination and courage, Lincoln was also capable of great humor and great sadness, and it is the many faces of Lincoln that are explored in this important work. The exhibit starts two days before Lincoln’s birthday.
The Art of Video Games
Friday, February 13 – Sunday, May 10

The Chrysler Museum of Art becomes a gamer’s paradise with the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s groundbreaking exhibition The Art of Video Games. The show explores the 40-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, from their modest one-dimensional beginnings to the stunning, lifelike graphics of today. From Atari to PlayStation 3, the exhibition focuses on the interplay of graphics, technology and storytelling through some of the best games from 20 different gaming systems. Through still images, video footage and interactive displays, visitors can explore the fantasy worlds of more than 80 games, as well as the artistic vision of their creators.

Henri Matisse: Harmonious Color
Tuesday, February 24 – Sunday, June 21

The Chrysler Museum of Art series of exhibitions pairing works from the Chrysler Collection with works from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. continues with a look at the colorful career of Henri Matisse. Henri Matisse led a revolutionary group of young French painters who focused on the expressive power of pure color. Understanding color as a force in itself, they freed color from the mere matching of reality and gave it an independent, evocative power. Henri Matisse: Harmonious Color traces the arc of the artist's long career, from the explosive Fauve masterpieces of his early years through his late works of the 1940s and ’50s. While his aesthetic interests evolved across the decades, he continuously explored the opulence and sensuality of brilliant color.

Gifts from Japan
Tuesday, March 24 – Sunday, July 26

This collection of prints celebrates the Japanese 20th-century revival of traditional woodblock printmaking and includes works by the master of this field, Kawase Hasui. The colorful works combine classic Ukiyo-e print subjects, such as landscapes and temples, with western compositional formula, including an increased attention to perspective and shading. In 1961 a delegation from Norfolk’s sister city of Moji, Japan, presented the Museum with a choice group of 16 exquisite Shin Hanga prints, many by Kawase Hasui (1883-1957), the master of this field. On view for the first time since their donation, these prints offer a vivid window into the history, beauty, and magic of Japan.