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The Heart Is Not a Metaphor

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Untitled Leg, 1989–90 Beeswax, Cotton, Wood, Leather, Human Hair 11 3/8 X 7 3/4 X 20″ (28.9 X 19.7 X 50.8 Cm) © Courtesy of the artist & MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)
The Heart Is Not a Metaphor

11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019
October 4th, 2014 - January 18th, 2015
Opening: October 4th, 2014 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.moma.org
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
midtown
PHONE:  
212-708-9400
OPEN HOURS:  
Wed-Mon 10:30 - 5:30; Fri 10:30 - 8:00
TAGS:  
prints, drawing, sculpture, photography

DESCRIPTION

The Heart Is Not a Metaphor is the first large-scale survey of Robert Gober’s career to take place in the United States. Gober (American, b. 1954) rose to prominence in the mid-1980s and was quickly acknowledged as one of the most significant artists of his generation. Early in his career he made deceptively simple sculptures of everyday objects—beginning with sinks before moving on to domestic furniture such as playpens, beds, and doors. In the 1990s, his practice evolved from single works to theatrical room-sized environments. Featuring loans from institutions and private collections in North America and Europe, along with selections from the artist’s collection, the exhibition includes around 130 works across several mediums, including individual sculptures and immersive sculptural environments and a distinctive body of drawings, prints, and photographs. The loosely chronological presentation traces the development of this remarkable body of work, highlighting themes and motifs that emerged in the early 1980s and continue to inform Gober’s work today.