This summer, the
"Steampunk" refers to a subgenre of science fiction that displays steam-powered machinery in a Victorian style with a futuristic design. The exhibit includes several aspects of steampunk -- fashion, artifacts, art, history and the culture.
"Steampunk is an awe-inspiring marriage of Western style/Victorian era dress and techno gadgetry, creating objects and images that challenge our associative powers," Jim Risherson, executive director of the Sangre de Cristo, said via e-mail.
The exhibit includes works from about 35 artists who showcase the various facets of steampunk. Four sections make up the exhibit: "Wild Wild West," with art pieces influenced by the Old West; "Steampunk: History of the Future," work from prominent steampunk artists; "Steel City Steampunk," work inspired by steampunk literature; and "The Invention of Steampunk," the birth, life and evolution of steampunk.
The artwork isn't the only attraction though. There are also fun activities such as tea dueling, in which two opponents must dip a biscuit in a cup of tea and eat it without dripping any tea or losing any crumbs. Or attend the Steampunk Pub Quiz and Brews to test your knowledge of the genre while drinking local beer.
"I really hope it appeals to a wide audience,"
Szabo also hopes children will be attracted to the "Full Steam Ahead" exhibit in the
"Little kids are going to love this," Szabo said.
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