The Presidents (some of them) is a very funny, very timely solo exhibit from Chicago artist Deb Sokolow. Presented chronologically, Sokolow writes in boxy architects’ handwriting about twentieth century presidencies, like how Harry Truman might have once seen the ghost of Abraham Lincoln, and Eisenhower’s strategies for oil painting. Was Nixon really offended by the ovular rooms of the White House? Did Jimmy Carter really accidentally send the nuclear codes to his dry cleaner? (I naively assumed the artist just made all these facts up until I Googled them later.) It’s a wry reminder that we can’t let mythology outweigh fact.
image: process drawing, November 2016