Saturday, November 4 | 1 PM | FREE
By popular demand we have added a second gallery tour with Art Donovan. Take an intimate tour of ODD BEAUTY: The Techno-Eccentric World of Steampunk Art with the curator – one of the foremost experts on the genre.
In the 10 years since this small, eccentric genre exploded to life on the internet, Steampunk has globally grown to influence virtually every form of the visual arts and design. Beginning with the re-imagined, visual language of the 19th Century Victorian Era, Steampunk now counts its inspirations as far back as the mechanical drawings of Leonardo da Vinci to the bold, streamlined locomotives of Raymond Lowey. But what gives this art form its singular identity is the artists’ visual and cultural fascination with mechanical, gear-driven technologies of the past. This exhibition presents works from the most notable Steampunk artists and designers in the field and features visual art, technologies, and contraptions extraordinaire, all of which richly illustrate the need for a messy vitality which allows the imagination to soar.
ODD BEAUTY is the most ambitious International Steampunk exhibition since it made its wildly successful premiere at Oxford University’s Museum of the History of Science in 2009 and later at South Korea’s Seoul National Museum in 2014.
Artists include Tom Banwell, David Barnett, Mike Cochran, Ian Crichton, Art Donovan, Dave Duros, Steve Erenberg, Cameron Forrest, Paige Gardner, Eric Freitas, Vianney Halter, Steve La Riccia, Vincent Mattina, Sam van Olffen, Clayton Orehek, Daniel Proulx, Saxon Reynolds, Filip Sawczuk, Todd Sloane, and Stephan J. Smith.
Expanding the field of visual tropes, methods and materials, the 23 female artists on view will offer an artistic spectrum that ranges from the sublime to the utilitarian, from expressionism to precision, and from humor to drama. Curated by Janet Goleas.
Directed by Jenna Mate and starring members of the East End community, this Obie Award-winning whirlwind tour-de-force by Eve Ensler introduces a wildly divergent gathering of female voices.