OCTOBER 14 – DECEMBER 20, 2021

“Rube Goldberg was the Christopher Columbus of the screwball contraption, finding a way to get from point A to point B by traveling through all the other letters of the alphabet.”
      -Art Spiegelman, author of Maus

Who knew an unexpected visit with a JCC member would have created an opportunity to present this eclectic exhibit of the drawings and sculptures by American Jewish artist, Rube Goldberg?  Who knew Rube’s grandson, filmmaker Geoffrey George, is a member of the Minnesota JCC and frequents the Capp Center along with his children who attend Camp Butwin?  Who knew that right here in St. Paul was a basement full of Rube’s drawings?  Who knew that all of these coincidences would lead to two concurrent exhibitions illuminating the career and legacy of the celebrated and influential cartoonist Rube Goldberg (1883-1970)?  The exhibitions largely comprise rare original drawings, sculpture, & memorabilia from the personal collection of Goldberg’s youngest grandchild, St. Paul-based filmmaker Geoffrey George.

The Tychman-Shapiro Gallery will feature an original Rube Goldberg-inspired machine created by Minnesota-based kinetic artist Robin Schwartzman. An original documentary film, directed by Geoffrey George will premiere at the upcoming Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival.

Simplicity Made Complex: The Life and Legacy of Rube Goldberg

TYCHMAN-SHAPIRO GALLERY
Minnesota JCC Sabes Center Minneapolis

Simplicity Made Complex features the breadth of Goldberg’s life and career, with emphasis on his trademark machines that perform simple tasks through exhaustively complex means.

GALLERY VISITING HOURS:
Monday – Friday: 8 AM – 4 PM
Sundays 9-12 (call in advance to confirm)

Complexity Made Simple: The Political Cartoons of Rube Goldberg

HERMAN J. BIRNBERG GALLERY
Minnesota JCC Capp Center St. Paul

Complexity Made Simple takes an inverse view of Goldberg’s work, focusing on his political cartooning, and ability to distill a complex geopolitical landscape into a single image.

GALLERY VISITING HOURS:
Monday – Thursday: 5:30 AM – 10 PM
Friday: 5:30 AM – 6 PM
Saturday & Sundays: 7 AM – 6 PM

WORLD PREMIERE FILM SCREENING!

The Two Lives of
Rube Goldberg

Available to view October 14 – 31 • FREE

Legendary cartoonist Rube Goldberg (1886-1970) was one of the great cultural icons of the 20th Century. His drawings of unwieldy fantasy inventions became a fixture of American popular entertainment, and cemented his reputation as one of the most astute and prescient satirists of The Machine Age. In “The Two Lives of Rube Goldberg,” director Geoffrey George (Goldberg’s youngest grandchild,) explores Rube’s life, as well as the influence of his legacy, which continues to inspire new generations of creative thinkers, today.

The program will include a Q&A with Geoffrey George, as well as selected shorts from “Joseph’s Machines,” featuring modern “Rube Goldberg Machines” constructed by kinetic artist Joseph Herscher. 

Documentary | 40 min | English | Directed by Geoffrey George

RESERVE TICKET 

This film and event is FREE to the public and is available throughout the festival.

On display as part of the Tychman Shapiro Gallery exhibit

Machine For Watering A Plant While You Are Out

By local artist Robin Schwartzman

Robin Schwartzman has clear memories of drawing Rube Goldberg machines with her cousin Toby when they were around eight years old. Rube’s playful sensibilities, cartoon drawing style and use of color are very much in line with Robin’s own aesthetic and specifically inspired her unique take on this fun Rube Goldberg machine. Robin’s own obsession with leisure and play has led her to visit amusement parks and miniature golf courses around the world.

Robin Schwartzman resides in Minneapolis, MN where she is an independent artist, an Instructor, the 3D Digital Fabrication and 2D Technical Coordinator at the University of Minnesota Department of Art and co-founder of A Couple of Putts. Robin received her BFA from Syracuse University in 2008 and in 2011, her MFA from the University of Minnesota. Her large-scale projects and commissions have been featured at the Walker Art Center, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, BLINK Cincinnati, the Northern Spark Festival, Canal Convergence Scottsdale, ArtScape Baltimore and Hub-Bub in Spartanburg, SC, to name a few.

VIDEO OF THE MACHINE IN ACTION

Did You Know?

Did you know that Rube Goldberg and his magical machines have permeated our culture in many different ways? We will be adding and posting fun facts about Rube Goldberg multiple times a week throughout this exhibit.

CLICH HERE TO VIEW FUN FACTS
Check back often as new posts will be added weekly!

Related Event: Rimon Artist Salon

At Play: Art, Technology + Imagination

November 7 • 2 PM
Leonardo’s Basement
$12 ($6 for ages 36 & under)

Rimon’s first Artist Salon of the season at Leonardo’s Basement in south Minneapolis is not to be missed. Join kinetic artist Robin Schwartzman, musician/producer Tom Lieberman, and AnnMarie Thomas, director of the Playful Learning Lab, for an intriguing look at the interface of art and technology and the legacy of Rube Goldberg.

PURCHASE TICKETS

Rube Goldberg
Project Team

Tom Lieberman, Creative & Production Consultant
Katherine Tane, Researcher
Larry Pepper, Exhibition Producer
Geoffrey George, Film Director
Robin Schwartzman, Installation Artist
Robyn Awend, Project Director

Watch filmmaker Geoffrey George’s father Thomas George, Rube’s son, in this newsreel from 1924.

RUBE

ON CONCURRENT DISPLAY IN THE SABES & CAPP CENTER HALLWAY EXHIBITION AREAS:
WORKS BY THOMAS GEORGE (1918–2014), RUBE GOLDBERG’S SON

Mr. George’s works are in the collections of the world’s leading cultural institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the National Museum of American Art, amongst others including many prestigious awards and residencies worldwide.