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Chrysler Museum of Art
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Norfolk, Virginia, 23510
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From Ansel Adams to Infinity
Sep 21, 2018. - Jan 27, 2019

Toward the end of his seven-decade career, the famed photographer Ansel Adams began focusing on his artistic legacy, writing an autobiography and issuing portfolios of his most famous and technically accomplished works.

Assisted by Carmel, Calif. gallery owner Maggi Weston, Adams reviewed more than 2,500 negatives of works originally made between 1923 and 1968 to issue a select group of prints representing his finest photographic accomplishments. Released in the early 1980s, these portfolios came to be known as the “Museum Set.” Collectors could purchase a large portfolio of 75 prints or choose their own group of 25 that Adams would print himself, with the stipulation the prints would eventually be donated to a museum or similar institution. One portfolio was acquired by the Stokes family of Hampton Roads who worked with Adams to select the works printed for the portfolio.

The Chrysler celebrates the donation of this portfolio with the exhibition From Ansel Adams to Infinity. Adams’ stunning black and white photographs of the Yosemite Valley and other dramatic Western sites are renowned for their unprecedented luminosity and tonal range, refinements Adams perfected through cutting edge photographic techniques and materials.

Ansel Adams stands at the pinnacle of 20th-century American photography. Inheriting much from the painters of the Hudson River School and 19th-century photographers, Adams carried forward their love of America’s landscape and their reverence for untamed nature into the 20th century. With their unprecedented luminosity and tonal range, his stunning images of the Yosemite Valley and other dramatic Western sites set new standards for black-and-white photography. Also an impassioned conservationist, Adams enlisted his sublime imagery in his lifelong efforts to preserve America’s unspoiled landscapes. The Chrysler’s exhibition includes all 25 works in the “Museum Set,” which covers the range of Adams’ career and highlights several locations, including Yosemite, the Sierra Nevada, the San Francisco Bay and the Colorado Plateau.

The landscapes that commanded Adams’ interest have also inspired a new generation of artists, and the show will explore Adams’ legacy by including works by contemporary photographers who investigate his photographic ideals. Photographer Abelardo Morell reconsiders America’s iconic natural sites by using a unique tent camera that projects a landscape down onto the ground, which he then photographs, making an unexpected connection between the image and the land. Also considering the connection between image and land, photographer Matthew Brandt uses materials from the sites he photographs in the processing of his images, leaving physical traces in his resulting photographic prints. Using traditional photographic techniques, David Benjamin Sherry makes impossibly colorful landscapes that seem both otherworldly and intensely familiar. Penelope Umbrico re-photographs works by well-known landscape photographers like Adams and processes them through a variety of commercially available iPhone camera apps, allowing the flow of digital output to disrupt our perception of and assumptions about the photographic “masters.” Additional artists include Christa Blackwood, David Emitt Adams, Florian Maier-Aichen and Millee Tibbs.

Vik Muniz: Photography and the Rebirth of Wonder
Through Oct 14, 2018.

Vik Muniz: Photography and the Rebirth of Wonder examines the full breadth of the imaginative artist’s career and features more than 100 photographs, including many of Muniz’s most recent works.

One of the most innovative artists working today, Muniz uses unconventional materials and photographic images that play with our process of perception. The São Paulo, Brazil native creates sculptural works from unusual materials like chocolate syrup, tomato sauce, magazine clippings, diamonds, and trash, which he then records with his camera. He calls the resulting images "photographic delusions" because they often resemble well-known images from the history of art and popular culture.

Frequently playing with scale, he has made enormous land drawings that he photographs from the air. More recently, he has created microscopic works using microorganisms and single grains of sand. In every instance, he makes the familiar seem wondrous, highlighting the extraordinary power of vision, perspective, and imagination.

This exhibition has been co-organized by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis/New York/Paris/Lausanne, and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. The exhibition catalog will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop.

Ezra Wube: Tales of Home
Through Dec 30, 2018

Ezra Wube: Tales of Home presents a group of five stop-motion animation videos of New York-based, Ethiopian artist Ezra Wube.

The shorts feature vignettes about urban life in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and visual depictions of Ethiopian oral folktales. The artist uses a range of material, including paint, paper cut-outs, seeds, plants, and photography, to create intriguing films highlighting daily life in Ethiopia’s largest city and fantastical, oral folk tales from the artist’s youth.

Looking Back to the Future: Norfolk Renewal in Photographs by Carroll H. Walker
Through Mar 31, 2019

With the demolition of the National Hotel in 1958, Norfolk launched the biggest urban renewal project in its history.

The Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA) had already begun redevelopment programs in other parts of the city, mostly focusing on public housing. With the Downtown Redevelopment Project, urban planners sought to replace Norfolk’s old downtown with something entirely new. When the dust settled at the end of the 1960s, 140 acres had been cleared. Taverns, burlesque houses, markets, and hotels had been leveled; grand boulevards, modern civic buildings, and towering high-rises took their place. The city’s leaders aimed to establish a new identity for Norfolk by replacing old and dilapidated buildings with modern structures.

Photographer Carroll Herbert Walker, Sr. (1904–1990) had an eye for both the dramatic and the subtle changes brought about by the redevelopment of downtown. The Baltimore native was raised in Norfolk’s Brambleton neighborhood, just east of downtown. Interested in art from an early age, Walker studied painting and book illustration until the Depression drove him to seek other work. He became a sales representative for the Norfolk & Western Railroad, where he worked for 38 years.

As a photographer and avid photography collector, Walker focused on the built and natural environment of Hampton Roads, publishing multiple books about the region that combined historical images with his own contemporary photographs. The works in this exhibition come from a substantial collection given to the Chrysler Museum by Walker in the late 1960s.

This exhibition is on view at the Willoughby-Baylor House, 601 E. Freemason Street, Norfolk.

Multiple Modernisms
Through Jan 31, 2019

Enjoy familiar pieces and see new works in Multiple Modernisms at the Chrysler Museum of Art.

This reinstallation of the Chrysler Museum’s McKinnon Galleries highlights pieces in the Museum’s permanent collection through an examination of differing narratives about the history of modern and contemporary art. The exhibition shows similar approaches between artists, many who worked simultaneously or successively. It also explores contradictory ideas influenced by politics and socioeconomics.

Multiple Modernisms pairs internationally renowned artists like Jackson Pollock and Georgia O’Keeffe with those of local or regional acclaim like Norfolk artist Vic Pickett. The exhibit also showcases work by female artists, artists of color and artists from other countries.

“I wanted this presentation to show the breadth and depth of the Museum’s collection. It was important to show there are alternate narratives to the history of contemporary art because not all artists or genres were or are embraced within the canon. Art history is fluid and constantly being revised. I wanted to highlight that,” -Kimberli Gant, McKinnon Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art.

Multiple Modernisms is guided by six themes including Sculpted Figures, The Gesture, Invoking Geometry, Refined Dynamism, Layered Perspectives and (Hyper) Reality. Sculpted Figures features three-dimensional interpretations of the human body. The Gesture presents works that emphasize the artist’s expressive mark on the canvas. In Invoking Geometry, viewers see images of shapes and patterns. Refined Dynamism focuses on works about movement within a restrained color palette, while Layered Perspectives presents artistic interpretations of major events, symbols, mythology, and society. (Hyper) Reality includes works presenting an extreme version of reality. “By organizing the exhibition by themes, viewers will see how artists were influenced by each other, could create similar or conflicting perspectives on the same event and experimented with the same techniques or ideas across time and geography,” said Gant.

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