The Phantasmagoric Work of Mr. Gober
October 20, 2014 9:07 PM   Subscribe

Robert Gober's 40-year survey "The Heart is Not a Metaphor" is now on view at the MoMA, and it's a fantastic freakin' spectacle to the eye.
posted by ourt (10 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I saw this exhibition last week. It was really cool.
The piece with the open suitcase containing a pond and some legs was my favourite.

But I got really really annoyed by the piece consisting of black wallpaper with white drawings of genitals on it - the penises were really clear and well drawn, and the vulvas looked like they'd been drawn by someone who had never seen one, but had read about them in prudish books. Do some research, dude!
posted by misfish at 11:08 PM on October 20, 2014

I'm jealous - my sister was just at MoMA attempting to wash the taste of Jeff Koons out of her eyes, and this would have definitely been a bracing antidote.
posted by louche mustachio at 11:49 PM on October 20, 2014

Hunh---I'd never heard of this artist, but this sounds really neat. Thanks!
posted by ThatFuzzyBastard at 6:14 AM on October 21, 2014

Today's quiet misogyny: Penises drawn better than vulvas.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 8:50 AM on October 21, 2014


posted by ReeMonster at 8:52 AM on October 21, 2014

I just went to see this today with flex and The Whelk. It is an astonishingly powerful exhibit.
posted by rorgy at 1:37 PM on October 21, 2014

posted by The Whelk at 2:25 PM on October 21, 2014

A fantastic way to end my trip in NYC: having this exhibition artsplained to me earlier today by fabulous tourist guide The Whelk & his verbal-sparring nemesis rorgy. One piece in particular (the 9/11 symbolic church + chapels with the crucifix) hit me in a very personal, deeply emotional way - so unexpected & lovely. Overall quite visceral & definitely worth seeing.
posted by flex at 2:36 PM on October 21, 2014

I found this show to be perplexing and impenetrable. The suitcase on the floor was, however, very cool. For those who did not like the black genitalia room, I hope you didn't miss the white bag sculpture on the pedestal in the center of the room. It was filled with doughnuts!!
posted by Jamesonian at 7:11 PM on October 22, 2014

just a smaller room full of holes that bag of doughnuts.
posted by The Whelk at 7:15 PM on October 22, 2014 [1 favorite]

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