Email Us – or – CALL (757) 664-6200

Chrysler Museum Highlights the Relationship between Photography and Time with Exhibition of Collection Works

Photographs Take Time will feature more than 70 works from the Chrysler Collection


NORFOLK, VA. (March 6, 2018) – Explore photography’s complex relationship with time, history and memory in Photographs Take Time: Pictures from the Chrysler Collection. On view at the Chrysler Museum of Art from April 6 – Aug. 12, 2018, the exhibition will feature more than 70 photographs from the Chrysler’s permanent collection. These works span all of photographic history — from 19th-century photographs for which subjects sat immobilized during the early camera’s long exposure time to contemporary images that use special lights and mechanics to capture multiple moments in a single snap.

“The Chrysler Museum has an active photography program, and the time seemed right to share remarkable things from the archives while highlighting an array of new additions to the collection. The theme of time allows us to share so many exciting works,” said Seth Feman, Ph.D., Curator of Photography at the Chrysler Museum.

Since the rise of photojournalism in the 20th century, photographs have been widely understood as an undistorted moment. In fact, from the advent of the medium photographers have explored the camera’s ability to capture, convey and distort our sense of time. While technical innovations have enabled photographers to isolate previously imperceptible slices of time, artists have also creatively addressed themes of permanence and decay, history and memory and essence and accident.

“Each artist featured in this exhibition uses a different approach to display time,” Feman said. “Harold Edgerton’s quick shutters and strobe lights freeze a bullet in mid-flight, and Barbara Morgan suspends dancer Martha Graham in a virtuosic leap. O. Winston Link captures a blurry image of a rushing train while William Christenberry’s sequence documents a building’s decay. Susan Worsham’s scene is constructed to evoke a childhood memory. Each artist approaches time differently. There’s a lot to discover through the lens of time.”

Photographs Take Time is divided into four sections — Stop|Motion, Documents, Total Recall and Keeping Time. Each highlights a different complex theme and presents a mix of recent acquisitions and rarely seen photographs from the Chrysler’s collection.

  • Stop|Motion begins with the story of how photographers pushed the camera to deliver precise studies of motion. It continues with how they exploited the camera by using motion-blur, long exposures and sequenced images to evoke a sense of movement.
  • Documents examines the rise of photojournalism and how the camera’s claim to truth propelled photographers to compose images capable of illustrating the past.
  • Total Recall explores the complex relationship between history and memory, highlighting artists who constructed scenes that creatively evoke a recollection or the forgotten past.
  • Keeping Time examines photographs that make time their subject with sequenced images, long exposures or direct takes on aging.  


Gallery Talk

2 p.m., June 16, 2018
Join Curator of Photography Seth Feman on a journey through photographic history with works from the Chrysler Museum’s impressive collection. Explore the technical stories in the exhibition as well as works that make time the subject. #PhotosTakeTime



The 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. The core of the Chrysler’s collection comes from Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., an avid art collector who donated thousands of objects from his private collection to the Museum. The Museum, expanded in 2014 to add additional gallery spaces and amenities for visitors, now has growing collections in many areas and mounts an ambitious schedule of visiting exhibitions and educational programs each season. The Chrysler has also been recognized nationally for its unique commitment to hospitality with its innovative gallery host program.

The Perry Glass Studio is a state-of-art facility on the Museum’s campus. The studio offers programming for aspiring and master artists alike in a variety of processes including glassblowing, fusing, flameworking, coldworking and neon. The studio has also cultivated a reputation for its cutting-edge performance evenings, and was the host venue of the 2017 Glass Arts Society Conference.

In addition, the Chrysler Museum of Art administers two historic houses in downtown Norfolk: the Moses Myers House and the Willoughby-Baylor House, as well as the Jean Outland Chrysler Library on the campus of Old Dominion University. General admission is free at all venues. For more information on the Chrysler Museum of Art, visit


For more information, interview assistance, or a high-resolution image suitable for publication, please contact Amber Kennedy at The Meridian Group at (757) 340-7425 or

Contact Amber Kennedy
(757) 340-7425

Download Press Release