Although we may have become more jaded and immune to Robert Gober’s jarring dislocations of familiar objects and experiences, there is still something visceral and uncanny in the bringing together of many of them in one confined space.
For the past few weeks, the Museum of Modern Art has had such an installation on its second floor. “The Heart Is Not a Metaphor” is an exhibition that not only takes over unusual spaces in the building but also disrupts them in service to the art.
Museum acquisition shows have an air of bridal and baby showers about them. A rather large group of gifts is assembled in one or several rooms while guests get to gawk at them and comment on their appropriateness or shortcomings. It’s rather fun.