The Presidential Shadow Boxes have been a labor of love, twenty-eight years in the making (so far). Most have never been exhibited in the New York area before. They were born of Freese’s fascination with our 44 chief executives – their personalities and the impact they had on their times. Some of these portraits are straight-on direct: Van Buren, the “Red Fox of Kinderhook” is presented with a fox. The meaning of others are more subtle, McKinley for one. Humor plays its part: 300+ pound Taft is stuck in a White House bathtub. Many of the collage elements are actually contemporary with their subjects. The oldest of these are the Tyler silhouette (1844), the Pierce engraving (1852), and the Grant obituary (1885). You may agree or disagree with Freese’s interpretations – and that represents one of our many privileges as Americans.