HINDSIGHT IS ALWAYS 20/20
September 11 - November 28, 2010
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: