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Exhibition March 15 − August 18, 2019

American Art and the Vietnam War

Smithsonian Museum of American Art presents an exhibition "Artists React: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965-1975".

By the end of the 1960s, the United States was in sharp conflict in Vietnam, fighting against a foreign power, and at home — arguments for and against the war began between the Americans.

The exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum presents art created in the midst of this turmoil, spanning the period from the fatal decision of President Lyndon B. Johnson to deploy US forces in South Vietnam in 1965 to the fall of Saigon ten years later.

The exhibition is the most comprehensive exhibition to study the modern influence of the Vietnam War on American art. The project is unprecedented in its historical scale and depth. He brings together about 100 works of fifty-eight of the most prophetic and provocative artists of that period. Inspired by the moral necessity of the Vietnam War, these artists rethought the purpose and scope of the use of art, influencing events in different directions and media: painting, sculpture, printing, performance, installation, documentary art and conceptualism.

According to the official siteSmithsonian Museum of American Art.

Photos from the exhibition: Justin T. Gellerson for the New York Times