February 13-May 9, 1999
ROBERT GOBER: SCULPTURE + DRAWING
Galleries 1, 2, and 3
Childhood, memory, loss, and sexuality--these are some of the issues
that Robert Gober has explored in his work since the 1980s.
Considered one of the most important American artists of his
generation, Gober has developed a unique sculptural practice
that links many of the issues underlying Surrealism, Minimalism,
and Conceptualism to psychological questions concerning the body
and our domestic environment. Curated by Walker Chief Curator
Richard Flood, Robert Gober: Sculpture + Drawing presents
the first comprehensive examination of more than 100 of the artist's
drawings within the larger context of his sculptural practice.
Examining the integral relationship between Gober's drawings and
sculpture, this exhibition explores the artist's vocabulary of forms
and the persistency of his imagery.
A central element of the exhibition is his rarely seen projection installation Slides of a Changing Painting (1982-1983), a piece that clearly foreshadows much of the imagery and emotive impulse of his work for the past 15 years. To create this piece, Gober painted a succession of pictures on a small board during the course of a year, photographing each image as he proceeded. The end result is a "memoir" of this painting's metamorphosis that continues to inform the artist's work to this day.
Gober's sculptural works address a variety of formal and humanistic concerns by juxtaposing functionality and dysfunction, and the familiar and the strange. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the series of sink sculptures for which Gober has become well known, such as his right-angle sink Untitled (1984). The sink carries a psychological charge that is at once idiosyncratic and common, mysterious and humorous. The power of this imagery lies in the paradox of the nonfunctional aspect of his sinks; these sculptures suggest the ritual of cleansing while their lack of plumbing frustrates this possibility. Joining this work is another prime example of his "psychological furniture," a distorted children's playpen entitled X Playpen (1987), as well as other domestic objects such as his oversized unwrapped stick of butter Untitled (1993-1994).
The exhibition also features the most comprehensive selection of Gober's drawings ever exhibited. These works from the mid-1970s to the present provide us with a glimpse of the development of Gober's artistic process manifest in his most persistent visual motifs--the sink, the drain, the playpen, and the body. Robert Gober: Sculpture + Drawing provides the critical link between Gober's sculptures and drawings, while offering the aesthetic and psychological underpinnings to the work of one of contemporary art's most celebrated artists.
UNTITLED STUDY FOR DIA I
GETTING GOBER: A SERIES OF FREE IN-GALLERY CONVERSATIONS
Join us for this series of free in-gallery conversations with three thinkers -- Dr. Nor Hall, James Rondeau, and Ellen Lupton -- who have three distinct perspectives on the work of Robert Gober. For more information call, (612) 375-7622.
GETTING GOBER: GOBER'S EVERYDAY WORLD
LED BY ELLEN LUPTON THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 6:30 PM
MONDAY, MARCH 1, 4 - 6 PM
$10 ($5 WALKER MEMBERS)
This seminar especially for teachers focuses on the exhibition Robert Gober: Sculpture + Drawing.
GETTING GOBER: DREAMING ALONGSIDE GOBER
LED BY NOR HALL, Ph. D. THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 6:30 PM
GETTING GOBER: THE ART OF GOBER'S ART
LED BY JAMES RONDEAU THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 6:30 PM
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 8 PM - 12 MIDNIGHT
$14 ($7 WALKER MEMBERS)
Get the first glimpse of the exhibition Robert Gober: Sculpture + Drawing while enjoying live entertainment by members of Arkology, free hors d'oeuvres, a martini bar, and more.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 3 PM
$6 ($3 Walker members and students with ID)
Join Robert Gober and Walker Chief Curator Richard Flood in an informal discussion of the exhibition. Moderated by Assistant Curator Douglas Fogle, the dialogue addresses key issues central to Gober's work and his distinct use of archetypal forms such as the sink, drain, playpen, door frame, chair, and body.
Robert Gober: Sculpture + Drawing is accompanied by a major catalogue produced by the Walker Art Center, featuring an essay and interview with Gober by Richard Flood and essays by Ann Temkin, Curator of 20th-Century Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Gary Garrels, Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Art. Designed by the Walker's award-winning Design Department, this catalogue is fully illustrated with more than 100 full-color and black-and-white reproductions of Gober's sculptures and drawings. Available in the Walker Art Center Shops. Softcover: $29.95 ($26.95 Walker members).