The Chrysler Museum of Art is one of America's most distinguished mid-sized art museums, with an internationally recognized collection of more than 30,000 objects, including one of the great glass collections in America. The museum mounts an ambitious schedule of visiting exhibitions and educational programs and events each season.
Here is a look at some of what is coming in Spring 2016:
Seascapes by William Trost Richards
Jan. 9 - May 1, 2016
From his paint box and palette to preparatory sketches, “Seascapes by William Trost Richards” provides an insightful look at an American master. Richards (1833-1905) came of age during the heyday of the Hudson River School, noted for its romanticized landscapes. Although he never lost his passion for the style of this earlier generation, Richards’ approach became more scientific in detail, carefully noting changes in light and the reactions of crashing waves. The Chrysler’s exceptional collection was donated in 1994 by Richards’ granddaughter, and this exhibition will include an unstretched and unvarnished oil painting now restored by conservators.
New Light on Land
Jan. 28 - May 15, 2016
Whether pastoral or polluted, the landscape has been an enduring subject in the history of photography. New Light on Land draws from the Museum's rich photography collection to explore how nature has inspired photographic innovation and creativity since the advent of the medium. In a companion exhibition to Edward Burtynsky: Water, the Chrysler Museum presents a wide-ranging collection of photographs related to the other 29 percent of the Earth’s surface.
Norwood Viviano, “Cities: Departure and Deviation”
Jan. 30 - July 31, 2016
Artist Norwood Viviano explores the complex history of urban America through minimalist blown-glass forms, creating three-dimensional timelines of the rise and fall of urban industries. Data informs Viviano’s process, using the length of each form to depict time, the width to show population density and the color (white, black or gray) to convey a moment of dramatic change. The pieces document cities such as New York City and Flint, Mich., but will notably include a piece depicting industry in Norfolk.
Edward Burtynsky, “Water”
Feb. 12 - May 15, 2016
Critically acclaimed photographer Edward Burtynsky turns his lens on the subject of water, shot dramatically with a large format camera from well above the subject matter. His aerial photographs show how man has impacted the world’s bodies of water, showing remarkable colors, patterns and shapes that render the familiar subject abstract, forcing viewers to ask, “What’s going on here?”
The Chrysler Museum of Art, One Memorial Place, Norfolk, and its Perry Glass Studio at 745 Duke Street, are open to the public Tuesday through Sunday. The Historic Houses on East Freemason Street are open weekends. General admission is free at all venues.