The exhibitions Art that Asks the Big Questions: The Chrysler Museum Comes to Portsmouth and Glen McClure: New Work, Italy, Ireland will be on view at the Visual Arts Center, TCC at Olde Towne (VAC), Portsmouth, Virginia, July 8 through November 5, 2013. The Opening Reception will take place on Friday, July 12 at 7 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., prior to the Opening Reception, Jeff Harrison, Chief Curator, Chrysler Museum of Art, will present an informal Gallery Talk in the main gallery.
During the Chrysler’s closure for expansion, the VAC will present four collections of work from the Norfolk, Virginia museum. Large-scale 19th-century European oil paintings, including The Neophyte, Gustave Doré; La Desserte, Étienne Prosper Berne-Bellecour; and Lunatique à Etretat, Hugues Merle, will provide an interesting range of subjects. Complementing them are several bronze sculptures including Ugolino and His Sons, Jean Baptiste Carpeaux, and Lion Crushing a Serpent, Antoine Louis Barye. Many of these works previously belonged to Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., whose donations made the institution one of the major art museums in the southeastern United States.
Twenty mixed media prints by Scottish artist Eduardo Paolozzi will feature vintage, often humorous, designs from the late 1940s to the early 1950s. Additional works by American artists Robert Rauschenberg, Man Ray and Nam June Paik provide two and three-dimensional examples that exemplify the variant approaches of the contemporary age.
Small-scale works from Asia and Africa provide a wide assortment of media including earthenware, wood, bronze, porcelain, nephrite and ivory. The pieces cover time periods from as early as ca. 500 B.C.E. to the mid-20th century. Mainly figurative, utilitarian or spiritual in nature, these pieces have endured time and similar creations are still used today.
Glen McClure (Norfolk, VA) will feature large-scale black and white and color photographs from Italy, Ireland and France. Consisting mainly of landscapes, the artist will also include a few of his portraits, for which he is also well known.
Chrysler Museum gallery hosts will be answering questions in the VAC galleries during the duration of the exhibition. A gallery guide will provide additional information. The VAC is located at 340 High Street, Olde Towne Portsmouth. Galleries are open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and are free and open to the public. For further information call (757) 822-1888 or go to the Center’s website, www.tcc.edu/vac/.