Sunday, January 29, 2017

Art of Rube Goldberg: Comics, Crazy Gadgets and More

(MoPop - Museum of Pop Culture)


Developed in cooperation with the Heirs of Rube Goldberg and curated by Max Weintraub, The Art of Rube Goldberg exhibit comes to MoPop (formerly The EMP) for a two month stay from February 11 – April 24.

“Marking the first comprehensive retrospective exhibition of Goldberg’s work since 1970, The Art of Rube Goldberg chronicles all aspects of the artist’s seventy-two-year career, from his earliest published drawings and iconic inventions to his Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoons and beyond. Bringing together never-before-exhibited original works of art, preparatory drawings, video, and related ephemera, this exhibition offers visitors an unprecedented opportunity to witness the development of Goldberg's artwork and trace his rise to prominence.”

Exhibit highlights include:

  • Goldberg’s innovative early work, with original drawings that reveal the beginnings of his comic style.
  • Goldberg’s earliest existing drawings, “The Old Violinist,” from 1895; an original concept drawing of Boob McNutt and Bertha from the 1920s; plus original artwork for such daily and weekly comic strip series as Foolish Questions, Mike and Ike—They Look Alike, and Boob Mc-Nutt, all from the 1910s and 1920s.
  • Goldberg’s invention drawings exploring how his zany contraptions caught the popular imagination and became—as he put it—“a symbol of man’s capacity for exerting maximum effort to achieve minimal results,” while making him a cultural icon.
  • A selection of his late-in-life political cartoons tracing the remarkable coda of his long career, while his enduring popularity is underscored by such items as the 1995 Rube Goldberg U.S. Postage stamp. 
  • Hands-on interactives in the exhibition include a Goldberg-inspired invention that visitors can use to experience firsthand the idea of performing an overly-complicated process to achieve a simple task.
  • Activity tables will encourage younger guests to learn the Goldbergian principles of cause and effect and energy transfer using topping dominoes and other fun gadgets.

Admission to the MoPop museum includes entrance to the The Art of Rube Goldberg. Admission is $25 for Adults (age 18-64), $22 for Seniors (65+) and Students (with I.D.), $19 for Military (with I.D.), $16 for Youth (age 5-17) and children age 4 and under get in free. Spring an extra $5 to see the Star Trek Exploring New Worlds exhibit.

MoPop is located at 325 5th Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98105. For more information, visit the MoPop website or call (206) 770-2700.

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