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Norfolk’s past illustrated through Kenneth Harris exhibition at the Chrysler Museum of Art

NORFOLK, VA.- The Chrysler Museum of Art showcases a snapshot of historic Norfolk in Portraits of a City: Views of Norfolk by Kenneth Harris. The exhibition is on view August 24, 2011 to January 29, 2012. Admission is free. A selection of 30 of Harris’s beautifully crafted watercolors from the Chrysler Collection provides a nostalgic glance at the bustling seaport in the 1950s. In 1949 Norfolk became the first city in the United States to take part in the newly enacted federal Housing Act, which was designed to replace decaying urban buildings with new construction. Norfolk was soon in the throes of wholesale urban renewal, which involved the razing of decaying neighborhoods, construction of public housing, and a massive redesign of the city’s commercial core. Arriving in Norfolk in the midst of this transformation, Harris began painting watercolors of the city’s monuments