Public Program

Artist Talk: Robert Gober, Reflections on “The Meat Wagon”

Robert Gober takes us on a reflective journey back to the iconic exhibition, The Meat Wagon, on view at the Menil Collection in 2005-2006. The title references an excerpt from John de Menil’s last will, which stated “These details are not inspired by pride, which would be rather vain, because I’ll be a corpse for the meat wagon. I just want to show that faith can be alive.”

The Meat Wagon was curated by Matthew Drutt in collaboration with Robert Gober and included twenty objects by Gober installed alongside forty works from the museum’s collection. Gober selected pieces from the Menil’s permanent collection over years of research and exploration.

Celebrated for his thought-provoking and often enigmatic art, Gober will delve into the inspiration, creative process, and the profound themes that surrounded this groundbreaking exhibition, including the afterlife of historical surrealism, spirituality, race, and the everyday object.

Please plan to arrive early, as seating is limited. If seating reaches capacity, grab a spot on the lawn to enjoy a live video and audio feed outdoors.

The Artist Talk series is generously supported by the Cockrell Family Fund.

Glasstire is the Media Sponsor of Artist Talk: Robert Gober.

Attending the program:

This program takes place in the main building, located at 1533 Sul Ross Street. Additional information regarding accessibility and parking can be found here.

As always, Menil programs are free and open to all.