|A postage stamp featuring Rube Goldberg's art (MoPop).|
ATTRACTIONSIronically, Rube Goldberg was one of America’s most popular cartoonists, but today, many are unaware of his talent – until now. A brand new traveling exhibit, "The Art of Rube Goldberg" has recently opened at MoPop featuring over 90 pieces of art that spans more than 70 years of this man’s life. This is just a small fraction of the estimated 50,000 cartoons that he drew during his lifetime.
Even if they aren’t familiar with his name, most people are familiar with Goldberg’s style of “inventions” where a path of unrelated objects work together to create a solution to a problem we didn’t even knew we had. The most well-known example of this is the Goldberg-inspired Mousetrap Game. It was his humor and creativeness that inspired some well-known sequences in various movies and cartoons including the Wallace and Gromit shorts, Edward Scissorhands, Back to the Future and most recently, OK Go’s music video, “This Too Shall Pass.” However, this was just part of what Goldberg has been known for.
|Rube Goldberg and his father.|
In 1930, Goldberg wrote the screenplay for the film Soup to Nuts which featured the first appearance of the Three Stooges as well as one of his inventions. Goldberg was also the first president of the National Cartoonists Society.
|A Professor Butts cartoon.|
"The Art of Rube Goldberg" continues through April 24, 2017. More information about the exhibit can be found here.