Robert Gober

Organized by:
The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

James Rondeau, Olga Viso

Robert Gober, the American sculptor known for his evocative transformations of domestic objects and the human forms, presented a site-specific installation composed of six independent sculptures, three prints and one photograph. Another exhibition component was his 1978–2000, a 48-page bound work of black-and-white photographic collage, published as one volume of a two-volume set available only in Venice during the Biennale.

The other volume, following traditional catalogue format, featured interpretive essays by Rondeau and Viso. The exhibition was Gober's first major site-specific installation since 1997 and his first in Italy. "His Venice installation is a richly nuanced arrangement of sculpture and graphic work in which found items are reclaimed as material evidence of our collective unconscious. At the exhibition's core is a sincere exploration of the persistent promises of democracy and the essential contradictions that attend the exercise of citizenship," commented the commissioners.