The artworks of Rube Goldberg, the San Francisco-born cartoonist, will be shown at The Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) beginning on Thursday, March 15th. There are over 75 original drawings, sketches, personal interviews, films to watch, plus a wealth of other materials on display—and all filtered through the creative and satirical eyes of Rube Goldberg.

Lori Starr, the Executive Director at the CJM says of the artist, “Goldberg was an original for all time and a true example of the innovative and bold spirit that continues to define this city by the Bay.”

Born in 1883 in San Francisco, he grew up to be an engineer for the city. However, he soon realized his true artistic calling and quit to do sports cartoons for the San Francisco Chronicle. In 1907, he relocated to New York where he lived until his death in 1970.

While perusing the collection, you’ll be able to see the progression of his talents over his seventy-two-year career. You’ll be able to view never-before-exhibited original drawings, rare photos, letters, and Goldberg family memorabilia. Follow the exhibit’s collection from his early sketches to those that led to his later Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoons.

Photos courtesy of the Contemporary Jewish Museum

The Art of Rube Goldberg
The Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM), 736 Mission Street, SF
On view: March 15–July 8

A related CJM exhibition offers more of Goldberg’s work:
Contraption: Rediscovering California Jewish Artists
On view: February 22–July 29