Sunday, April 13, 2014

THE ART OF RUBE GOLDBERG: Selected by Jennifer George - book signing

reporter: Miguel Dominguez
text & Pathé image: Wikipedia

On April 10th, Paul Stuart was again the site for a culturally important exhibit and book signing about the much beloved and mesmerizing contraptions devised by Rube Goldberg.

Jennifer George

Reuben Garrett Lucius "Rube" Goldberg (July 4, 1883 – December 7, 1970) was an American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer and inventor. He began tracing illustrations when he was four years old, and first took professional drawing lessons when he was eleven.

He is best known for a series of popular cartoons depicting complicated gadgets that perform simple tasks in indirect, convoluted ways. Goldberg received many honors in his lifetime, including a Pulitzer Prize for his political cartooning in 1948 and the Banshees' Silver Lady Award 1959.

Goldberg was a founding member and the first president of the National Cartoonists Society, and he is the namesake of the Reuben Award, which the organization awards to the Cartoonist of the Year. He is the inspiration for various international competitions, known as Rube Goldberg Machine Contests, which challenge participants to make a complicated machine to perform a simple task.

Goldberg drew cartoons for five newspapers, including the New York Journal American|New York Evening Journal and the New York Evening Mail. His work entered syndication in 1915, beginning his nationwide popularity. He was syndicated by the McNaught Syndicate from 1922 until 1934.
A prolific artist, Goldberg produced several cartoon series simultaneously, including Mike and Ike (They Look Alike), Boob McNutt, Foolish Questions, "Lala Palooza" and The Weekly Meeting of the Tuesday Women's Club. The cartoons that brought him lasting fame involved a character named Professor Lucifer Gorgonzola Butts. In that series, Goldberg drew labeled schematics of the comical "inventions" that would later bear his name.

In 1931 the Merriam-Webster dictionary adopted the word "Rube Goldberg" as an adjective defined as accomplishing something simple through complicated means.

Goldberg's work was commemorated posthumously in 1995 with the inclusion of Rube Goldberg's Inventions, depicting Professor Butts' "Self-Operating Napkin" in the Comic Strip Classics series of U.S. postage stamps.

Thomas Mastronardi. Paul Stuart's Chief Marketing Officer and the
mastermind behind this event

MOUSE TRAP, A table game based in a Rube Goldberg contraption

Joseph Baldassare of ARTHOUSE 18, who was responsible for the previous
Paul Stuart exhibit and book signing of George Hurrell: The Kobal Collection
(Click Here to see article,) with Thomas

Rube on the far right with President Eisenhower

Rube talking with President Johnson as wife Irma looks on

Rube and Irma with President Nixon

Lawrence Rich

Furniture designer Timothy John

Maya Laurincova

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