Posts Tagged ‘Chrysler Museum’

Recently, we blogged about Animals In Art, featuring contemporary artworks spotlighting our beloved pets. At Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, we know that animals have been revered throughout human history as a source of fascination and inspiration.

Today, we begin a walk through Animals in Ancient Art, featuring works on view at the Chrysler Museum. The Chrysler Museum is free to the public, so grab a friend or loved one and see these amazing works [some estimated at over a thousand years old!] for yourself.

Today’s journey through Animals in Ancient Art begins in the Americas (Mesoamerica). Many of these sculptures are estimated to have been created in the years 100-900 CE [Current Era, aka A.D.], and one may have originated in 100 BCE. The “cat cloth” is estimated to have been created in the years 1100 – 1460 CE. For complete details on the age and origin of each piece, visit the Chrysler Museum. 

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     If you’re a fan of the popular children’s book series, Curious George, you’ll want to make tracks to the Chrysler Museum this summer to catch “Curious George Saves the Day:  The Art of Margret and H. A. Rey.”   

     I spent a recent afternoon taking in the exhibit, which includes archival papers, original illustrations, photographs by Margret Rey and audio interviews with the authors.  An interactive monitor allows visitors to trace Hans and Margret Rey’s journey from Europe to the Americas.  The Reys’ story has an important historical context:  that of a Jewish couple fleeing Europe as the Nazis moved in.  In fact, the couple were living in Paris at the time of their escape.  Although their journey was, at times, harrowing, the conclusion was ultimately uplifting.  The Reys have stated that drawings of Curious George saved them on at least two occasions.

     I enjoyed seeing the original drawings, not only for Curious George, but for other characters as well, including Katy No-Pocket, the kangaroo; Whiteblack, the penguin; Spotty, the bunny; Pretzel, the Dachshund; and Raffy, the giraffe.  Honestly, I’d had no idea the Reys were such prolific illustrators and writers. 

     And did you know that Curious George has had three names in his lifetime – Fifi, George, and Zozo – and why the name changed so often?  If not, you’ll find out!  In fact, George’s name change is just one way in which his life mirrored the Reys’ lives.

     Perhaps my favorite part of the exhibit, because it was unexpected and awesomely quirky, is a collection of hand-made New Year’s greeting cards designed by Hans Rey.  The cards themselves are housed in a special display case fashioned after the Reys’ Massachussets home – which is also featured on one of the cards.

     Although Curious George is a favorite among children, the exhibit itself is mostly geared toward adults, as evidenced by the archival papers on display and the height at which the valuable artwork hangs.  The special exhibit requires a $5 entry fee, which also allows the visitor to view the Tiffany Lamps and James Tissot:  The Life of Christ.  “Curious George Saves the Day” will be on view through September 18th this year.  Don’t miss it!

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     I can’t think of a better way to spend a winter evening than combining the warmth of sultry jazz with inspirational art at our very own world-class Chrysler Museum of Art

     Whether you’re a jazz enthusiast or an oenophile, you’ll want to make tracks to The Art of Jazz and The Fine Art of Wine this Wednesday night from 6 – 9 PM in Huber Court.  Admission is free; museum members receive discounts on glasses of wine.

     Get there early to claim a table for your group – seats fill up fast!  You can also browse the galleries during the performance, enjoying the music as it travels with you.  (Fun tip:  Some works in the upper gallery were inspired by performers in jazz clubs – see if you can find them.)

     Bonus:  Did you know the Chrysler Museum has its own library?  Visit the Jean Outland Chrysler Library blog here to learn more.

Exterior photo and logo courtesy of The Chrysler Museum of Art.

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     If your pet has separation anxiety, hire a pet sitter – because you’re going to want to get a jump on the holiday fun with these events in Norfolk this month.  Bonus:  it’s all free!

Saturday December 4 – Studio Artists’ Holiday Open House at the Hermitage Museum.  4-7 PM.  www.thfm.org

Friday December 10 – Virginia Handbell Consort (with dessert reception) at Blessed Sacrament Church.  7 PM.  www.blessed-sacrament.com

Saturday December 11 – 2nd Saturday Family Fest “London Calling” at the Chrysler Museum. 12-3 PM.  www.chrysler.org

Wednesday December 15 – Todd Rosenlieb Dancers – Emerging Artists at Ocean View Senior Center.  7 PM.  Information here

Friday December 17 – Strolling Silver Strings (with dessert reception) at Blessed Sacrament Church.  7 PM. www.blessed-sacrament.com

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