Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965-1975

March 15, 2019 – August 18, 2019

Martha Rosler, Red Stripe Kitchen, from the series House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, ca. 1967–72, photomontage, Art Institute of Chicago, through prior gift of Adeline Yates. © Martha Rosler, Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York

Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965-1975 explores artistic reactions to the Vietnam War created during the height of the U.S. intervention in Southeast Asia. An unpopular and internally divisive conflict, America’s war in Vietnam had a pervasive cultural impact. In visual art, it prompted a return to social content and the rise of forms, such as institutional critique and body art, that reject an aesthetics of distance and indifference.