Steampunk Springfield: Re-Imagining an Industrial City at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum

Steampunk Springfield: Re-Imagining an Industrial City

March 22, 2014–September 28, 2014 G.W.V. Smith Art Museum

George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, 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…

Humachines: Authors & Inventors who Changed the World, Now Transformed into the Machines They Imagined to Change the World Again

Twelve signature pieces created by Rosenbaum and a group of select artists. Jules Verne becomes the fantastical Nautilus submarine; H.G Wells becomes a human “Time Machine” and Mary Shelley becomes the High Voltage Machine that brings Frankenstein to life. Each Humachine includes original period objects with relevance to the actual machines and inventions imagined or created by these iconic visionaries. The Humachines’ mission is to time travel into our present and their future to re-inspire Springfield towards a positive, more vibrant future. (George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum)

Brassy Bridal: Steampunk Wedding

Steampunk bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, tuxedos and suits, jewelry and other accessories created by artists and community members as part of a fashion design competition. (George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum)

Featured Artists
Jan Bajgier, Bob Borter, Jim Bremer, Mary Beth Buckley, Ruth Buffington, Kristin Costa, Dawnamatrix Designs, Mark Dobrosielski, Duchess von Pruitt Designs, The Fairy Stitch Factory, Eric Franklin, Markus Haala, House of Coniglio, Brett  Kelley, Ken MacDonald, Alaina Mahoney, Robin Masi, Mesa Mundi, Mark Peltier, David Random, Patricia Rodríguez, Bruce Rosenbaum, Melanie Rosenbaum, Darcy Rosner,  Salmon Studios L.L.C., Katie Shima, Wayne Strattman, Gary Sullivan, and Ray Trombley.

50 Firsts exhibit in the Wood Museum of Springfield History >>

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.