Gift of the PNM Forerunners, PC2012.36.3

Gift of the PNM Forerunners, PC2012.36.3

Rad Gadgets

Feb 21, 2015 to Jan 1, 2016

What the (bleep) is that? A Rad Gadget! Rad Gadgets is a fun look at off-the-wall vintage tools and equipment from the Museum collection, opening Saturday, February 21, 2015. The exhibit will be presented in the newly named William A. + Loretta Barrett Keleher Gallery just a few weeks before the opening of the new history exhibition.

Rad Gadgets will inspire visitors to explore the Museum’s collection of antique and vintage gadgets, with an eye toward recycling. The exhibit also explores the notion of “up-cycling” – the practice of making recycled parts more environmentally responsible, and often, beautiful. Particularly trendy is the notion of using Victorian-era industrial design as inspiration for contemporary Steampunk art and fashion.

Rad Gadgets features vintage tools and equipment including recent gifts from the Hays family, Keleher family, Bob Myers, PNM Forerunners, and others. The collection ranges from simple and strange to quirky and complicated. No single object will be identified upon first glance – you’ll have to guess what it is!

Visitors will be able draw fantasy gadgets and vote for their favorite gadget. Programs will explore the role historic tools, equipment and their intriguing parts play in fashion design, recycled art, and Steampunk art. Keep an eye out on the calendar for opportunities to play, create, and recycle!

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