In his recent essay “Human Nature” for Artforum, Dan Nadel considers the art of Ellen Berkenblit, Carroll Dunham, Sarah Peters and Kyle Staver through the weighty question of what it means to be human. He adds twelve more artists to aid with the visualization of this inquiry in a sprawling but rewarding group exhibition at Eva Presenhuber Gallery. Big questions require strength in numbers and the help of language, so this admittedly quixotic task sets its goalposts in form of Will Oldham’s graceful poem “I see a darkness” (1999) which is split evenly between hopefulness and crushing pessimism. Figuration and narrative link most works in this exhibition which also includes Huma Bhabha, Joe Bradley, Joan Brown, Steve DiBenedetto, Christopher Forgues, Jason Fox, Mike Kelley, Takeshi Murata, Gary Panter, Laurie Simmons, Alan Turner, and Michael Williams. In the entrance hall, a conversation between Takeshi Murata’s “Xeno” (2017) and Joan Brown’s “The Golden Age: The Jaguar and the Tapir” (1985) seems to ask whether co-existence is possible despite our inherent differences. Formal associations and juxtapositions abound in the main gallery where Sarah Peters’ serene plaster busts collide with the emotional intensity of Mike Kelley’s repressed finger-painting memories. If closed spaces sharpen the senses, then the basement gallery provides ample opportunity to investigate the complexities of the human race. This may happen through the lens of gender whereby Carroll Dunham’s toxic masculinity is juxtapositioned with Ellen Berkenblit’s prickly unmanliness; or via mythology as in Huma Bhabha’s totemic sculpture; or in the paradoxical biblical narratives of Kyle Staver. That these and other threads run through almost all artists assembled in this exhibition, attests to the brilliance of the curator and makes this an intellectually rewarding exercise on the condition of humanity. At Eva Presenhuber through March 3.