Exhibition: Rube Goldberg’s Ghost


Columbia College Chicago’s Glass Curtain Gallery Hosts Exhibition of Sculptural Works, Drawings and Video Inspired by Rube Goldberg Machines

Image: Brian Dettmer, Random House, 2007

WHAT: Rube Goldberg machines were never intended to actually be built and used. Goldberg’s cartoon images of impossibly complicated low-tech machines poked fun at bureaucratic systems and the difficult processes required to navigate them. While Rube Goldberg took a light-hearted and humorous approach to serious public concerns, this exhibition presents objects that give a nod toward some of society’s current obsessions, ills and issues.

The exhibition, curated by Elizabeth Burke-Dain, will feature sculptural works that are created in the vein of Rube Goldberg machines, as well as video works and some drawings. In the spirit of the Rube Goldberg machine, this exhibition examines social, cultural and design questions through ingenious DIY engineering and ‘what if’ solutions.

WHO: Artists include Matthew Aron, Karen Bovinich, Juan Chavez, Brian Dettmer, Fischli & Weiss, Conrad Friedberg, Joan Giroux, Joanne Greenbaum, Joseph Hersher, Taylor Hokanson, Industry of the Ordinary, Heidi Kumao, Betsy Odom, Erik Peterson, Mark Porter, David Sprecher and Michael Thompson.

WHEN: Feb. 28 – May 4 | Public reception: Feb. 28, 5-7 p.m.

WHERE: Columbia College Chicago Glass Curtain Gallery, 1104 S. Wabash Ave.

INFO: mporter@colum.edu, (312) 369-6643, www.colum.edu/deps

COST: Free and open to the public

Columbia College Chicago is an urban institution that offers innovative degree programs in the visual, performing, media and communication arts for nearly 11,000 students in 120 undergraduate and graduate programs. An arts and media college committed to a rigorous liberal arts curriculum, Columbia is dedicated to opportunity and excellence in higher education. For further information, visit www.colum.edu.


Erin Purdy, epurdy@colum.edu, 312.369.8695

Steve Kauffman, skauffman@colum.edu, 312.369.7383