“Steampunk” Is Theme for Museum Gala

Posted on 8/21/2014 9:54:53 AM

The University Museum at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will host its annual gala event on Friday, September 26, 2014, in John Sutton Hall.

Titled Hot Iron: A Victorian Industrial Fantasy, this year’s event is inspired by the museum’s opening fall exhibition, Irons: Functional Tools to Art Objects.

The gala is showcasing the exhibition, which features the Maureen A. Flaherty Post Collection of Irons and Iron Related Objects and documents the social, cultural, and technological impact of ironing from ancient times to the present.

Steam-powered irons and steam-powered inventions of the Victorian and Edwardian eras suggested the gala’s “steampunk” theme. Steampunk is a modern science fiction literary genre, modeled after the fantastical adventures of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells. It has inspired a way of living and dressing that combines Victorian and Edwardian fashion with accessories for the types of adventures inspired by the works of Verne and Wells. Our gala takes a light-hearted approach to steampunk, and everyone attending is invited to join in this spirited evening.

This catered event will begin with a reception in the University Museum and continues in the Blue Room for dining, live entertainment, live and silent auctions, and dancing. Proceeds from the gala support the University Museum’s admission-free exhibitions, public educational programming and lectures, and conservation of art objects.

Reservations, requested by September 16, are required and cost $125 per person. The invitation and reservation card are both available online for download. Additional information is also available by contacting Leslie Kluchurosky at the University Museum at 724-357-2397 or leslie.kluchurosky@iup.edu.

University Museum

Gala: Hot Iron—A Victorian Industrial Fantasy

Gala: Hot Iron—A Victorian Industrial Fantasy

September 26, 2014
6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

University Museum, Sutton Hall

The theme for this year’s annual University Museum Gala will be steam-punk. Celebrate the intrepid Victorians who didn’t let full skirts, pleats, and starched collars impede their daring exploits! Attendees are asked to indulge their steam-punk fashion fantasies by dressing for the theme.

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For more information, visit Gala: Hot Iron—A Victorian Industrial Fantasy, e-mail , or call 724-357-2787.