previews

Houston

Robert Gober

The Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross Street
October 28 - January 22

Curated by Matthew Drutt

“The Meat Wagon,” the creepy title of the Menil Collection’s Robert Gober exhibition, is perhaps more immediately evocative of an artist like Paul McCarthy, but then there’s no shortage of “meat” in Gober’s oeuvre—like a man’s hairy leg protruding from a hairless vagina. Organized by Menil curator Matthew Drutt in collaboration with the artist, the exhibition includes twenty familiar and seldom-seen works by Gober from the past two decades. These will be installed with about fifty items from the museum’s collections—Surrealist, Spanish Colonial, and black Americana, for example—in the interest of fostering a “dialogue” between the historical artifacts and Gober’s works. And since the artist has proven himself a genius at installation, the results should be compelling.