Art History Alum Guides Visitors, Dresses as Art at Chrysler Museum

Alumnus and gallery host Taylor Murray welcomes visitors to the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia.

After graduating, Taylor Murray (BA 2018, art history) said that he started his career working full-time in animal rights. He still does that, but he also works part-time as a gallery host at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia. “It’s been really amazing to be back in the art world professionally for the last few months, even if it’s only part-time,” he said. Murray also still manages the popular Instagram site arthistoryfeed that he founded while an art history undergrad.

Murray standing with Sam Gilliam‘s “Norfolk Keels” at the Chrysler Museum of Art.

At the Chrysler, he said, “My primary roles include engaging guests in the galleries in impromptu art conversations, welcoming and checking in visitors, ensuring the protection and safety of the collection, as well as opening and closing the galleries.”

Murray matching Morris Louis’s “Gamma Lambda” at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia.

Last Halloween, Murray went as his favorite Morris Louis painting. “My costume was a hit with visitors,” he said. To make it, he experimented with Louis’ own “drip/pour technique,” he said, “but I couldn’t get the paint to sit right since there was too much chance involved. So I sketched the forms onto the fabric and painted with acrylics.” (In fact, there’s a long tradition at the Chrysler for their staff to periodically “blend in” with the collection. More photos here and here.)

Murray with Franz Kline‘s “Untitled (Study for Zinc Yellow)” at the Chrysler Museum of Art.

Donning his gallery host hat again, Murray noted that the Chrysler Museum is known for, among other treasures, Bernini’s last sculpture, Thomas Cole’s largest canvas and one of the world’s finest collections of glass, with many outstanding Tiffany works.

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