Exhibition Opening: Message in a Bottle

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Exhibition Opening: Message in a Bottle

April 12 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Message in a Bottle considers the rich maritime culture of the Hampton Roads region through a call and response between past and present. Selections from the Barry Art Museum’s permanent collection of 19th-century maritime art will appear alongside works from local museums as well as conceptual pieces from contemporary artists. Vibrant and dynamic traditional oil paintings – carefully collected by museum founder Richard Barry – tell a story of life on the sea: they show the hard work and play of sailors and soldiers. Contemporary works created by ODU faculty and other artists, in turn, reflect on the indelible impact of maritime culture on modern life, from shipping routes underpinning globalization to city layouts. In a world where shipping, sailing, and overall access to the sea can seem invisible, what does it mean for artists to address maritime life? We can’t wait to show you what we’ve found.

Celebrate the opening of Message in a Bottle: Picturing Maritime Culture in Hampton Roads with refreshments, live music by Bob Zentz, and guided exhibition tours with Curator of Art, Sara Woodbury.

Contemporary artists in the exhibit:

Nate Avery
Brendan Baylor
Edward Burtynsky
Janos Enyedi
Peter Eudenbach
Melissa Hill
Richard Marquis
Alex Nyerges
Greta Pratt
John Roth
Bertil Vallien
Norwood Viviano

Historic artists in the exhibit:

Willem Virginiae Tabula
Edward Sachse
Charles Mangus
Casimir Bohn
A. Hoen
Robert Salmon
James E. Buttersworth
Townsend Morgan
William Fornsby Halsall
John Taylor Arms
Antonio Jacobsen
Archibald Cary Smith
Edward Moran
Charles Parson
Nathaniel Currier
Thomas Buttersworth
Ken Perenyi
Montague Dawson
James G. Tyler


April 12
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Barry Art Museum
1075 West 43rd Street
Norfolk, VA 23508 United States