George Walter Vincent Smith Art Exhibits
Steampunk Springfield: Re-Imagining an Industrial City
March 22nd, 2014 through September 28th, 2014
George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum
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 >>
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)
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.