Visiting Exhibits

Pitney Bowes presents
Connecticut Inventions & Innovations
at The Discovery Museum & Planetarium
Opening Reception Thursday, March 6, 5-7pm


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As the Discovery Museum and Planetarium continues its exploration of Connecticut’s rich industrial history, two factors have become apparent: the thrill of both exploring the State and its offerings, and the joy of sharing our discoveries. As you enter our second installment of the exhibition series – On the Move, Please Write, and All in a Day’s Work – we invite visitors to meditate on each aspect, as they pertain to their lives.

On the Move reminds us of the journeys that we take – real and imaginary – as children and adults; our longing to explore the unknown, acquire new identities, to be grownup. As transportation, bicycles and skateboards take us to familiar and unfamiliar places. Skates challenge us to go faster and farther. Toys accompany us on our make believe trips.

Please Write looks at mechanical objects used to communicate; pens, typewriters, celebratory stamps, and postage meters. These objects have been vital instruments in transmitting our messages. They show how advances in technology have altered how we communicate, can be life-changing, and how the power of letters resonates forever.

Women At Work
All in a Day’s Work: Photographs of Women in Connecticut Industry explores the history of our State’s women workers in the late nineteenth century through the first half of the twentieth century, when women first started working in factories in great numbers. This photographic journey through Connecticut factories shows the way disadvantaged women and immigrants sought to augment their household incomes and lift their families to a different socio-economic level through hard – often tedious – work.

Sponsored
in part by:
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Bridgeport
Art and Cultural Council

The City of Bridgeport
Mayor's Office

Bic Corporation

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Steve Gerberich’s exposure to the arts came early, growing up in a close-knit Iowa family attuned to visual humor and puns. A sculptor with a B.F.A. from the University of Northern Iowa, Steve Gerberich began making art that moves when he relocated to New York City from Iowa in 1985. He set up his first motorized installation in the gallery-filled neighborhood of SoHo, convincing the owners of an abandoned factory to let him use their windows for display in exchange for cleaning the space. His work caught the attention of passers-by, including that of international art collectors and delighted art critics.

Constructed from old machine parts, kitchen utensils, furniture scraps, lighting fixtures, medical supplies, toys and carnival figurines, Gerberich mixes the aesthetics of contemporary sculpture with the principles of simple mechanical motion.

From a pack rat's treasure trove of motors, toys, and other bric-a-brac, Gerberich is an alchemist of odds and ends and always searching for possibilities .A self-proclaimed lover of hand tools or any useful invention without a power cord, his Brooklyn studio in Williamsburg is his own treasure trove of machine parts, motors, fixtures, lampshades, and armies of collectible figurines. He can often search his packed shelves for inspiration, where he turns discarded labor-saving devices into fantastical sculpture.

Gerberich’s mechanical sculptures have traveled around the world.
Springs, Sprockets and Pulleys has been exhibited at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center in Stamford CT, Fresno Metropolitan Museum in California and the Berkshire Museum in Massachusetts as well as the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC, the Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ, the Waterloo Center for the Arts and Muscantine Art Center, both in Iowa and most recently at Science World in Vancouver BC. His Gerberich’s Gadgetry exhibit has also graced the Stamford Museum and Nature Center, the Morris Museum as well as Vermont’s Brattleboro Museum.

Other popular exhibits include
Extraordinary Art from Everyday Parts, the inaugural exhibition at Baltimore’s Port Discovery; Lexington Avenue Windows at Bloomingdale’s, New York City; Belts Pulleys and Motors at Grand Central Terminal and Works on the Move at Sony Plaza, New York City. Holiday Springs and Sprockets has been seen in numerous US venues and The Gerberich Grand Orchestra showcased at Royal Festival Hall, London, England.

Gerberich’s sculptures have been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, NBC’S Today Show, The New Yorker, Art in America and Sculpture Magazine. His work is held privately and in numerous public spaces throughout the United States.

More information:
www.gerbomatic.com or www.facebook.com/gerbsgallery