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Making and Meaning

Chrysler Teams With Old Dominion University on New Exhibition

NORFOLK, VA – (April 2013) – The Chrysler Museum of Art presents Making & Meaning at the Baron and Ellin Gordon Galleries, 4500 Monarch Way, Norfolk. The exhibition is on view from June 1 to August 11, and admission is free.

The Art History faculty from Old Dominion University is using paintings, sculptures, etchings, photographs, lithographs, and fabric arts from the Chrysler Collection to tackle the question "What makes meaning?" Is it story and subject matter, or does an artist’s choice of material and how to use it have any impact? The exhibition showcases examples of how the medium can be part of the message.

Making and Meaning is the latest chapter in the Chrysler’s ongoing and ever-deepening partnership with Old Dominion—a partnership that has already produced great results for the university and the community,” says Bill Hennessey, director of the Chrysler. “We are thrilled to be able to share key works from our collection with the Gordon Gallery for an exhibition that promises to be as thought-provoking as it is handsome.”

Throughout the exhibition, Chrysler Museum Gallery Hosts will be in the galleries to discuss the art and answer questions. For more information on programs related to this exhibition, see

The Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries at Old Dominion University are open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sunday, 1–5 p.m.

The Chrysler Museum of Art is one of America’s most distinguished mid-sized art museums with a world-class collection of more than 30,000 objects, including one of the great glass collections in America, and a new Glass Studio. The Museum campus is located at 245 West Olney Rd., in Norfolk.  The Chrysler Museum is closed during 2013 for a major expansion, but the Museum has organized off-site exhibitions throughout the region. The Chrysler Museum Glass Studio and its two historic houses are open. The Glass Studio, located at 745 Duke St., Norfolk, is open Wednesday to Sunday with free glass demonstrations at noon. The Willoughby-Baylor House, 601 E. Freemason St., and the Moses Myers House, 323 E. Freemason St., Norfolk are open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free at these venues. To learn more about the Chrysler Museum Roadshow exhibitions and regional events, call 757-664-6200. 


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