Steam somethingorother.
This… is steam punk.

I’m looking forward to the Steampunk party at the San Diego Automotive Museum this Friday night. A tie-in with this weekend’s ComicCon, the museum has blown out all the stops on the exhibit, which features cars and other stuff reflecting the steampunk movement.

What’s steampunk? Well, picture that everything still runs on steam and the styles are still from the Victorian era. Think of the gizmos that Doc Brown used to get the DeLorean running in Back to the Future Part III and you’ll get the idea.

Steam punkers are known to frequent the ComicCon, so the museum is hoping to get a good turnout. It should be a wild time.

Reservations for the Friday party are due today; check out the press release below for more info. Hope to see you on Friday Night

Steampunk – The Exhibit

The San Diego Automotive Museum in Balboa Park is proud to announce the opening of its new exhibit, Steampunk – The Exhibit. It opens on Friday, June 1, 2012 and closes on September 30, 2012. Anyone wearing Steampunk clothing and accessories will be admitted for just $5 during the entire run of the exhibit.

Is Steampunk art or is it a new and evolving sub-culture based on a fascination with the Victorian era? Most agree that Steampunk is rooted in the literature of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. The literature of Cyberpunk of the 1980’s also had a big influence. It is said that when science fiction writer K.W. Jeter needed a term for the growing literature and art form and chose a variant of “Cyberpunk,” the word “Steampunk” was created, and that is the word that stuck.

The Steampunk exhibit at the San Diego Automotive Museum is a clear step away from its traditional programming. In keeping with its mission to illustrate the impact of the automobile on our society, this worked with Steampunk historians Ingred and Eric Chamberlain to create an exhibit that expands the parameters of tradition and brings to life the impact that steam engines and steam technology have affected the new culture known as Steampunk. For the first time ever, the museum is incorporating clothing, gadgets, and gizmos that are not directly related to the automobile. The focus of the exhibit is innovation, and non-traditional vehicles will be presented with classic examples of early automotive engineering and design. The signature “unaltered” vehicles are on loan from local auto enthusiast, Gil Klecan.

Steampunk gadgetry is an art form unto itself. A local group of Steampunk “makers” known as the Starburner Galactic Courier Service (Kim Hutsell, Linda Hustsell, Grady Keeton, Thomas Hale, Erin Adler, and Cameron Inglis) is working with the museum on these elements. Other local makers include Andrew Connolly of Tungsten Wolf Productions (with Matthew Wright, Jessica Jolly, Maria Monserrat Medina, and Erin A. Hyde). Other well-known makers include Vincent Mattina, David Farish, Richard Wilks, Dan Benedict, Tom Sepe, Ramona Szczerba, Alik Perakh, Alex Ferruzca, and Maria Egger. Photography displays will feature the work of Jerry Abuan, Becca Henry, and Scott London. San Dieguito High School Academy students Elias
Turner, Suki Berry, Alex Van Valkenberg, and Grant Thompson have built model cars.

The official exhibit opening reception will be held on Friday, July 13th at the museum from 8:00 PM until midnight. $20 admission includes food, live music, and a chance to view the exhibit. Beer and wine will be available.

Regular hours are 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (the last admission at 4:30 PM) The museum is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission prices are as follows: $8 for adults, $6 for seniors (65 and over), $6 active duty military with ID, $5 students with
ID, $4 children ages 6 – 15. Children under the age of 6 are admitted free of charge.

The museum is free to all San Diego County residents and military with ID on the 4th Tuesday of each month. $2 may be charged to San Diego residents on Free Tuesday of they wish to see special exhibits. The museum is located at 2080 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park. Phone 619-231-2886.

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