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  1. Chrysler Museum – Tuan Andrew Nguyen: The Boat People

    August 6, 2021 - January 2, 2022 @ Chrysler Museum of Art, The Box

    Experience the work of Vietnamese artist Tuan Andrew Nguyen with his 2020 film, The Boat People in the Chrysler Museum’s video space, The Box, and one of his sculptures on view in the Museum’s Asian galleries.

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  2. Chrysler Museum – If You Thirst for a Homeland: Flame-worked glass by Dafna Kaffeman

    August 12, 2021 - December 12, 2021 @ Chrysler Museum of Art, Glass Project Space

    Inspired by nature, the art of Dafna Kaffeman conveys the complexities of life in modern Israel. Kaffeman creates exquisitely crafted plant replicas using flame-worked glass. These botanical specimens reflect the natural world of the artist’s homeland. The glass plants are combined with Hebrew and Arabic words printed or embroidered on soft white fabric, including handkerchiefs which are often associated with Jewish cultural practices of celebration, commemoration, sacrifice, and mourning. Each plant the artist renders in glass has its own cultural and historical meaning.

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  3. Play presents "Garbage Horror Show" at MacArthur Center

    September 24, 2021, 7:00 PM - October 31, 2021, 11:00 PM @

    MacArthur Center 

    2nd Floor, site of former Pottery Barn

    Play’s Garbage Horror Show, which runs through Halloween, tells the terrifying story of climate change in a futuristic mutant world constructed solely from trash and found objects. Staged inside an abandoned storefront in MacArthur Center, a team of actors will bring the world to life each Friday and Saturday night with interactive performances designed to encourage visitors to participate within the surreal landscape.

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  4. Chrysler Museum – Pier Luigi Nervi: Art and Science of Building

    October 1, 2021 - February 27, 2022 @ Chrysler Museum of Art, McKinnon Galleries

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of Norfolk’s greatest modern building: Scope Arena. Designed by renowned Italian architect Pier Luigi Nervi in collaboration with local architectural firm Williams and Tazewell, its soaring struts lift the dome and paradoxically let light in from below, not above as in traditional domed structures. This exhibition will follow Nervi’s career as an architect in Italy through many projects, including airplane hangars, cathedrals, exhibit halls, and skyscrapers, giving visitors an understanding of the unique architectural achievement of Scope and its place in the history of modern architecture.

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  5. Norfolk Visual Arts Month

    October 1, 2021 - October 31, 2021 @

    Enjoy over 100 ways to experience visual arts in Norfolk, VA every day!

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  6. Norfolk State University presents "No Justice, No Peace": Global Protest, Unrest, and Conflict

    October 15, 2021, 7:00 PM - December 3, 2021, 4:00 PM @

    James Wise Gallery in the E.O. Hamm Fine Arts Building at Norfolk State University

    This exhibition features the artworks of over thirty artists who address the global crises currently happening around us. Admission is free.

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  7. Virginia Stage Company presents "Dear Jack, Dear Louise" and "Hold These Truths" in repetoire

    October 17, 2021, 8:00 PM - November 7, 2021, 2:30 PM @ Wells Theater

    "Dear Jack, Dear Louise" by Ken Ludwig tells the story of a military doctor and a Broadway chorus performer’s unlikely romance, entirely via letters, during WWII. "Hold These Truths" by Jeanne Sakata is about an unsung American hero, Gordon Hirabayashi, who fought passionately for the Constitution against an unexpected adversary: his own country. During World War II, he refused to report to a relocation camp with thousands of families of Japanese descent, launching a 50-year journey from college to the courtroom and eventually to a Presidential Medal of Freedom. An inspiring true story of conscience amidst conflict, it is a one-man portrait of American character at its best.

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  8. THE NEON FESTIVAL RETURNS OCTOBER 21 and 22

    October 21, 2021 - October 22, 2021 @

    Norfolk’s Arts District.  

    The NEON Festival, presented by Business Consortium for Arts Support and Old Dominion University, in Downtown Norfolk’s NEON (New Energy of Norfolk) District will be held October 21 and 22. Celebrating its fifth year, the free festival welcomes everyone to experience the NEON District’s offerings through art exhibitions, local and national performances and mural tours. Since 2015, the festival has provided a platform for more than 300 artists and performers through dozens of art exhibitions, community programs and events tied to the annual celebration.

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  9. The Sixth Annual NEON Festival

    October 21, 2021, 6:00 PM - October 22, 2021, 10:00 PM @

    The NEON District

    The evening festival encourages visitors to explore and discover the NEON District, Norfolk’s first official arts district, anchored by the Chrysler Museum of Art and Harrison Opera House and extending to The Plot on Granby Street. Now an established draw in Norfolk’s robust event calendar, the NEON Festival attracts more than 4,000 visitors to the NEON District for two nights of programming. The event creates dozens of cultural opportunities for the local creative community, on average presenting more than 50 artists, makers, dancers, musicians and performers. As in every year prior, NEON Festival programming is sourced from a free open call, making the art and entertainment entirely community driven. The open call to artists is available now until August 20, 2021. For festival sponsorship opportunities, participation, venues or programming, please contact Rachel McCall at the Downtown Norfolk Council or call 757-623-1757.

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Community/Neighborhood Event

  1. International Coastal Cleanup with Keep Norfolk Beautiful

    September 18, 2021, 8:00 AM - October 23, 2021, 5:00 PM @ Lafayette Park

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