Mystic Seaport, the Museum of America and the Sea
A journey at the juxtaposition of two current exhibits
Elysa Engelman, PhD, Yale College ’90, Director of Exhibits
This is a family-friendly event, with a full day of activities that only Mystic Seaport can offer! Join us for all or any part of the day. Rain or shine!
Saturday, July 8, 2017
75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, CT
Join us as Elysa takes us on a journey at the juxtaposition of two current exhibits, On Land and On Sea and SeaChange, one a “flat” photography show featuring images of women from the last century and the other a more “experimental” approach for a history museum.
As Director of Exhibits at Mystic Seaport, Elysa is responsible for creating and delivering an ongoing program of dynamic, interdisciplinary exhibits, in formal galleries, family activity spaces, and on vessels and grounds. With the opening of the new Thompson Exhibition Building (designed by Centerbrook Architects and Planners, the architectural firm that also designed Kroon Hall at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies), and the design and production of the inaugural exhibit in the Collins Gallery, SeaChange, Elysa and her team are transforming informal learning experiences for Mystic Seaport visitors.
10 am – Meet in the lobby of the Thompson Exhibition Building at the North Entrance on Route 27 to purchase your tickets. Elysa will tee us up for what we need to observe and look for in the two very different exhibits we will visit.
Noonish – lunch and afternoon on your own. There are different dining options at the Seaport, including the Galley. Many may choose to eat together and continue the conversation! There is no shortage of things to do and explore at the Seaport – especially for kids and families!
Adult – $28.95
Senior (ages 65+) – $26.95
Youth (ages 4-14) – $18.95
Children (3 and younger) – Free
Professional photographers Morris Rosenfeld and Sons are best known for their stunning images of large racing yachts under sail. But they also captured images of people and everyday events, both off the water and on. On Land and On Sea: A Century of Women in the Rosenfeld Collection displays 70 images of ordinary and exceptional girls and women for the first time. From aviators and athletes to telephone operators training and suffragettes on the march in New York City, each photo provides a fascinating glimpse into the social history of 20th-century women as depicted in commercial photography, from young girls having fun messing about on small boats to fashion models and society matrons.
SeaChange presents a range of striking, surprising, and unusual objects drawn from the rich collections of Mystic Seaport. In keeping with the bold design, clean lines, and natural materials of the Thompson Building, the exhibit design uses large, free-standing abstract structures evocative of sails or icebergs to frame each central artifact, taking advantage of the soaring heights in the Collins Gallery. The overall effect is visually stunning, an inviting space that entices visitors to contemplate, discover, discuss and return to the exhibit. SeaChange extends the sensory approach beyond the visual. The custom-created interactives will give people the chance to peer inside a 1740s English ship model, test the principles behind dazzling World War I ship camouflage, and zoom-in to see the tiny carved cuts on modern miniature figureheads. A range of public programs will complement the gallery experience and further explore the “sea change” that links stories from around the world to our own.
RSVP to Susan Lennon ’85 MPPM (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than Saturday, July 1st.
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