What to Expect When We Reopen
One of the new acquisitions that will be on view when we reopen. Idelle Weber, Munchkins I, II, & III, acrylic on linen, 1964. Click image to enlarge.
While workers race to finish our expansion and renovation project, we wanted to offer our first quick preview of what to expect upon our reopening on May 10, 2014.
ALSO IN 2014
Our reopening will focus on a new interpretation and presentation of works from the collection, but we'll also have a number of special exhibitions in 2014, including:
Florentin Hofman's 40-foot-tall Rubber Duck will be installed right outside our front door, in the Hague Inlet, May 17-26. It's the first East Coast appearance of this world-traveling work of whimsy and fun.
70 Year of Smokey Bear
Opening Aug. 9, this celebration of an American icon features 19 works by a Virginia artist.
Larry Clark: The Tulsa Portfolio
Opening Aug. 30, this photography exhibition presents a searing look at the drug-addicted underside of a Midwestern city.
Peter Paul Rubens’ The Departure of Lot and His Family from Sodom: A Baroque Masterpiece from the Ringling Museum
Opening Sept. 16, Ruben’s huge (9x11 ft.) masterpiece visits Norfolk where it will join other 17th-century works from the Chrysler’s collection.
Worn to be Wild
Opening Oct. 4, our keynote exhibition for fall will examine the black leather jacket as a cultural statement—and work of art.
Picasso, Braque, and Cubism: Masterpieces from the National Gallery of Art
Opening Oct. 14, this is the first in a two-year series of collaborations between the Chrysler and the National Gallery. This installation brings together cubist masterpieces from both collections.
America’s Eden: Thomas Cole and The Voyage of Life
Opening Oct. 21, the epic series from the Hudson River School painter Thomas Cole will join the Chrysler’s own Cole masterpiece, The Angel Appearing to the Shepherds.
Waitzer Community Gallery
Here's your chance to be a curator. Voting for By Popular Demand: Your Selections, Your Gallery will run Jan. 1-Feb. 26, 2014, and the top vote-getters will earn their way onto view.
In The Box
A gallery devoted to video and new media. For a full look at what's coming up in 2014, click here.
Glass Focus Gallery
The exhibition Libensky and Brychtova showcases the work of a husband and wife team from Czechoslovakia by way of items from the collection of Dudley and Lisa Anderson.
Goode Wing of Ancient Worlds and Non-Western Art
Totally redesigned and newly interpreted, get ready for an exciting new look at our collection of Islamic, Egyptian, MesoAmerican, Greco-Roman, Asian, and African art.
Brock Wing of American Art
This will include four themed galleries, and the current working titles are American Landscapes, Gilded Age America, American Romanticism, and The Blessings of Liberty.
Roberts Wing of 19th and 20th Century European and American Art
This is an area widely considered one of the strengths of our collection, and we expect a lot of attention to fall on our Impressionist Gallery.
McKinnon Wing of Modern and Contemporary Art
Among items new on view will be the Pop Art classic from Idelle Weber, shown above. We have radically expanded the amount of space dedicated to modern and contemporary art, and that will allow us to bring many stellar works out of storage and into view.
Frank Photography Galleries
Our opening exhibition here will trace the various forms of photography across two centuries. If you've never seen an orotone, this exhibition is for you.
This is by no means a complete list. As our reopening date grows closer (it's currently slated for May 10, 2014) we'll be updating with more details, including one big—and we literally mean big—work of art that we are not yet at liberty to disclose.
To keep track of day-to-day developments behind the scenes of this $24 million project, see our Renovation and Expansion Update Blog.
A long-time highlight of our stellar cameo glass collection has been a plaque by George and Thomas Woodall, The Intruders, shown at left. In 2013, the Museum was successful in obtaining at auction its companion piece, The Attack. The works of blown, cased, acid-etched, and cameo-carved glass date to 1893 and 1896, respectively. Click the image to enlarge.