UWISHUNU Philadelphia – Rube Goldberg’s Artistry Delights In National Museum Of American Jewish History’s New Exhibit

POSTED OCTOBER 12, 2018

The wonderfully witty work of influential cartoon illustrator Rube Goldberg lines the walls at the National Museum of American Jewish History for the amusing new exhibit The Art of Rube Goldberg, on display now through January 21, 2019.

The expansive retrospective features some of Goldberg’s most prolific and humorous cartoons and invention illustrations  — and even brings some of the famous Rube Goldberg machines from his drawings to life for visitors to interact with.

THE ART OF RUBE GOLDBERG FAST FACTS

  • The Art of Rube Goldberg runs now through January 21, 2019.
  • The exhibit features a vast number of Goldberg’s famous invention cartoons, political illustrations and more artwork, some of which has never been exhibited.
  • Guests can build and interact with working simple machines inspired by Goldberg’s art.
  • The exhibit is free with general admission. Admission to the museum is free on November 6 for Election Day.

The Art of Rube Goldberg is the first comprehensive retrospective of the artist’s work and 72-year career since the 1970 exhibit at the Smithsonian.

Exhibition Overview

The exhibit combines artworks, film footage, memorabilia and interactive elements to tell the story of Rube Goldberg’s life and rise to prominence as a cultural icon.

Goldberg is perhaps best known for his wacky invention drawings that satirize society’s obsession with technology. The exhibition prominently features many of his invention drawings, which depict complicated-looking contraptions with steps to follow to use the invention to complete a rather small and silly task.

Visitors have the opportunity to construct their own “inventions” and play with existing ones inspired by Goldberg’s drawings in an interactive area of the exhibition.

Visitors can also peruse some of the Goldberg’s earliest existing drawings; original artwork from the daily and weekly comic strip series he illustrated in the 1920s and 1930s (Foolish QuestionsMike and Ike — They Look Alike and Boob Mc-nutt); and a selection of the satirical political cartoons he drew later in life, including his Pulitzer-Prize winning cartoon commenting on the state of world peace titled Peace Today (1948).

In addition to the bevy of illustrations, visitors can view family photographs; footage from his scripted film Soup to Nuts (1930) starring the Three Stooges; a clip from Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times (1936) that features a Rube Goldberg-inspired self-operating napkin; and a rare interview with Goldberg conducted by famed broadcaster Edward R. Murrow.


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