Joe Kaercher's Gallery visit
Hindsight is Always 20/20
Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota
333 East River Road Minneapolis, MN 55455
R. Luke Dubois's exhibition Hindsight is Always 20/20 consists of 41 framed prints. The work is hung on the wall and fills a number of rooms. The text in the prints comes from the most frequently used words of each stat of the union address.DuBois presented the words in the format of a typical eye exam with words at the top of the print being the largest and progressively getting smaller as the viewer reads down the page. Each president that gave this address has his own print starting with the first president George Washington. All of the prints are in chronological order and there are arrows that direct the viewer around the exhibit ending with the current president in office George W Bush.
DuBois theme is how each president interprets and conveys the important issues the country and world are facing at the time of their presidency. The way that DuBois takes information that might not be obvious if you have only heard the speeches and just displays them in a way that is very simple and even easier to understand. This is similar to the work of Nan Goldin. She also kind of simplifies things (in her case photos of people). If you were to just see these people on the street you might be a little confused about who they are and what it is that they do. Her photos expose her life and the peoples lives around her. by taking snap shots of moments and situations that are key to understanding their lives she eliminates the misleading information.
The specific piece i picked was George Walker Bush/2001-2009. Here are the top ten most frequently used words of his speech. 1.Terror 2.Iraq 3.Iraqi 4.Terrorist 5.Al Qaida 6.Regime 7.Hussein 8.Mass 9.Homeland 10.Marriage. he was inspired by a huge search-able database of all presidential addresses, papers, and documents. i like how he uses the list to play off our cultures fascination with the list, and how the info in the list may not even tell us that much
Over all i think the show was very interesting and not the typical kind of exhibit one finds in a museum. I will tell a friend to see this exhibit because it is really fun to be able to look back in time just by reading the individual words that our former presidents said most often.