With the Republicans coming to town and the presidential election in full roar, Twin Cities galleries and museums have responded with politically themed shows of every stripe. Here's a sampling:
WEISMAN ART MUSEUM
"Hindsight Is Always 20/20," by R. Luke DuBois, makes eye charts out of the words that appear most frequently in the State of the Union addresses of the 43 U.S. presidents. George Washington leads off with "Gentlemen" and George W. Bush concludes with "Terror."
Aug. 23-Jan. 4, free. University of Minnesota, 333 East River Rd., Mpls. 612-625-9685. weisman.umn.edu
WALKER ART CENTER
Watch for lawn signs by local artists and designers on the Walker's grounds and in Twin Cities neighborhoods.
1750 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. MyYardOurMessage.com
More a state of mind than a place or plan, this collective effort by Twin Cities artists and organizations promises block parties, neighborhood frolics and activities galore by a motley crew of artist/activists, including a "Liberty Parade" Aug. 31 down Nicollet Mall to Loring Park.
JEAN STEPHEN GALLERIES
The exhibit "Dr. Seuss for President" reveals the political angles behind such iconic kid books as "The Cat in the Hat" (who opposes illiteracy and conformity) and "Yertle the Turtle" (against fascism).
Ends Sept. 15, free. 917 Nicollet Mall, Mpls. 612-338-4333 or jeanstephengalleries.com
"Genus elephas" promises elephant-themed art by Midwestern talents.
Ends Sept. 19, free. 141 S. 7thSt., Mpls. 612-338-4541 or premiergallery.com