At Play: Art, Technology + Imagination
The Rimon Artist Salon Series opened its fifteenth season with At Play: Art, Technology + Imagination on November 7 (2 p.m.) at Leonardo’s Basement (150 W. 60th St., Minneapolis). Musician/producer Tom Lieberman joined kinetic artist Robin Schwartzman and AnnMarie Thomas, director of the Playful Learning Lab at the University of St. Thomas for an intriguing look at the interface of technology and art and the legacy of legendary artist Rube Goldberg.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Robin Schwartzman is a Minneapolis-based artist, Instructor and Digital Fabrication Technician at the University of Minnesota Department of Art, and co-founder of mini golf endeavor, A Couple of Putts. Robin received her BFA from Syracuse University and her MFA from the University of Minnesota. Her large-scale projects have been featured at the Walker Art Center, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, BLINK Cincinnati, ArtPrize, Northern Spark, Canal Convergence and the Elmhurst Art Museum, to name a few. She is a recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant and the Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists. Schwartzman is inspired by leisure and play, which has led her to amusement parks and miniature golf courses around the world.
Tom Lieberman began his career at age 16, performing original songs in Minneapolis’s West Bank coffeehouses. In 1976 he embarked on a longstanding association with Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion as a regular contributor to the program’s performance, creative and production teams. Over a career of 40+ years, Tom has provided creative and production services for such clients as Henson, PBS, Disney, & Discovery, as well as many Fortune 500 companies. He was Executive Producer and Music Supervisor for the independent feature film Sweet Land, winner of the 2006 Film Independent Spirit Award. Tom is a proud recipient of the 1966 Camp Teko Spirit Award.
AnnMarie Thomas is a Professor in the School of Engineering and Business at the University of St. Thomas, where she directs the Playful Learning Lab. She is the author of “Making Makers: Kids, Tools, and the Future of Innovation,” and the executive director of OK Go Sandbox. AnnMarie earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech and an S.B. in Ocean Engineering from MIT. She completed a professional certificate in Sustainable Design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and is currently a student in ASL/Deaf Culture at Gallaudet University. AnnMarie co-founded and co-directs the University of St. Thomas Center for Engineering Education (CEE), which offers engineering courses for P-12 educators and conducts research on engineering at the pre-collegiate level.
At Play: Art, Technology + Imagination is co-sponsored by the Minnesota JCC in conjunction with its exhibit Simplicity Made Complex: The Life and Legacy of Rube Goldberg at the Tychman Shapiro Gallery (4330 S. Cedar Lake Road, Minneapolis). The exhibit runs through December 20.
The Rimon Artist Salons have been called “one of the leading series of Jewish events in the country.” Since 2007, Salons have investigated dance, photography, slam poetry, popular music, puppetry, glass arts, fiction, papercutting, multimedia installation, film, architecture, theater, painting, video, and non-fiction.
The Rimon Artist Salon Series is funded by gifts from Bruce Goodman, the Oren and Sharron Steinfeldt Foundation, and an anonymous gift in memory of David Tychman.