September 11 - November 28, 2010
Amsden Gallery

How good is America's political vision? The exhibition raises this ever timely question. For Hindsight, an installation of 43 prints, artist R. Luke DuBois took the State of the Union addresses from each U.S. president and created an algorithm that sorted the addresses by word frequency. The prints present each president's most frequently uttered words as a Snellen chart — the charts used by optometrists to test patients' vision. The artist muses on presidential vision and rhetoric and proposes to test the metaphorical eyesight of the nation. Hindsight yields surprising insights into the power of political rhetoric and offers an historical perspective on current politics.

This exhibition has been organized by the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota and generously supported by:

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R. Luke DuBois, 'Abraham Lincoln/1861-1865' (from Hindsight is Always 20/20), 2008. Letterpress, 21 by 28 inches, collection of the Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis