Arts on the Quad returns! Pack your blanket or lawn chairs and find your perfect spot for viewing. This summer the series hosts a variety of speakers and activities paired with live performances that celebrate the museum’s diverse exhibitions. You’re invited to bring your own picnic and non-alcoholic beverages. A cash bar and concession snacks will be available.
Visitors will have access to the featured gallery for the evening. Please park in North Lot and enter via the Thompson Exhibition Building.
In the event of rain, performances will take place in a covered location on the museum grounds. Rain location seating is limited and on a first-come first-served basis.
Saturday, July 14: Monument Man
5:30 p.m.: Meet the Museum’s first artist-in-residence Kevin Sampson, the nationally renowned artist from Newark, N.J., who transforms found materials such as cement, bones, tiles, fabric, paints, and wood into powerful sculptures that speak to family, memory, and loss through the lens of the African-American experience.
6:30 p.m.: Sounds Great, a quartet from the Eastern CT Symphony Orchestra will perform Mozart, Beethoven, jazz works by Ellington and Gershwin, Sea Songs, and other musical delights.
The Kevin Sampson exhibition, Monument Man, in the C.D. Mallory Building will be free and open to the public between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 29: The Vikings Begin
5:30 p.m.: Award-winning author James L. Nelson will discuss the fascinating history of Viking raiding, settling, and assimilation into Irish culture.
6:30 p.m.: The American-Canadian group The American Rogues are known for their epic, multi-instrumental sound that crosses the musical landscape to include jigs, reels, hornpipes, ballads, originals, covers, soundtracks, patriotic and military music, Irish foot-stompers, and more.
The Vikings Begin exhibition in the Collins Gallery will be free and open to the public between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Saturday, August 11: Voyaging in the Wake of the Whalers
5:30 p.m.: Dr. Steve Mentz will discuss Shakespeare and the sea, including scenes that Flock Theatre will present. Dr. Mentz teaches Shakespeare, literary theory, and maritime literature at St. John’s University and is the author of At the Bottom of Shakespeare’s Ocean, among other books.
6:30 p.m.: Flock Theatre returns to Arts on the Quad with a medley of nautically-themed Shakespeare scenes. Based in New London, and the resident theater company at Mitchell College, Flock Theatre is one of the most adventurous classical theater companies in New England. Working with the timeless words of Shakespeare, Moliere, Sophocles, and more modern classics, Flock Theatre is dedicated to creating original, collaborative, and educational theater.
Voyaging in the Wake of the Whalers in the Stillman Building will be free and open to the public between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Saturday, August 25: Science, Myth, and Mystery: The Vinland Map Saga
5:30 p.m.: Nicholas Bell, senior vice president for Curatorial Affairs at Mystic Seaport Museum, will give a talk about the Vinland Map, and Fred Calabretta, senior curator at the Museum, will speak about the music in the era during which the map was unveiled to the public.
6:30 p.m.: Penny Lane recreates the legacy of The Beatles from all of the band’s history, note for note. Enjoy ’60s and ’70s pop rock tunes made famous by the Fab Four! With pure sound and tight vocal harmonies, get ready for an exciting show!
Science, Myth, and Mystery: The Vinland Map Saga in the Schaefer Building will be free and open to the public between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.