Steampunk Springfield: Re-Imagining an Industrial City at the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History

Steampunk Springfield: Re-Imagining an Industrial City

March 22, 2014–September 28, 2014 Wood Museum of Springfield History

Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History, First & Second Floors

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Fantastical large-scale exhibits and happenings guest curated by Steampunk visionary Bruce Rosenbaum.

Steampunk is an artistic and design subculture which combines science fiction, history, fantasy and the Victorian era into a fanciful blend. The term originated during the early 1980s when Steampunk was used to describe a fantasy world where steam-powered machines and technology of the 19th century merge with elements of contemporary time. Since then, writers, fashionistas, artists and inventors have embraced this art and aesthetic.

IBM’s Social Sentiment Index recently called Steampunk the next big enduring trend.

Steampunk empowers. The infusion of History, Art and Science allow us to travel back and forward in time, creating a virtual time machine. It is the act of Steampunking and repurposing that lets us experience a profound feeling and can help transform our own lives with meaningful connections to the past, present and future at the same moment in the same object.

Bruce Rosenbaum, nationally acknowledged expert on Steampunk is curating the project. Bruce’s Steampunk art and design projects and his company, ModVic, have appeared on major media throughout the country including The Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine. He has been called the “Evangelist of Steampunk” by Wired Magazine and travels the nation for his Steampunk clients. Learn more about Bruce Rosenbaum and ModVic >>

Steampunk Springfield is comprised of three exhibits at the Springfield Museums: Humachines, Brassy Bridal, and 50 Firsts.

In this museum….

50 Firsts: Springfield Inventions Reinvented

Springfield is a city of firsts for many inventions and artists will re-imagine, repurpose and reinvent Springfield’s history. Includes sculptural and functional art, two-dimensional art, and new media.

Featured Artists
42 Design Fab (Todd Harris and Jack Kacian), John Belli, Maryanne Benns, Lahri Bond, Jim Bremer, John Brickels, Steve Brook (Steampunk Fabricators), Ruth Buffington, Peter Dellert, Jack Demarest, James Dupuis, Karen Dupuis, Bruce Fowler, Ben Gould, Markus Haala, Gary Hallgren, Brett Kelley, James Kitchen, Mark Landsberg, Mark Luiggi, Susan Montgomery, Dean Nimmer, Chris Osborne, Gary Orlinsky, Ann Pedro, Lee Robertson, Bruce Rosenbaum, Xela Shultis, Justin Stanley, Janet Stupak, and Michael Ulman.

Humachines and Brassy Bridal exhibits in the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum >>

Community Partners: CityStage & Symphony Hall, Springfield Armory, Springfield City Library, and Springfield Technical Community College.

Exhibition sponsored by Merriam-Webster, AAA Pioneer Valley and Peerless Precision.