Terry Fox Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965–1975

Art Fix Daily Mar 31, 2019

The Vietnam War, a divisive and controversial conflict, had a profound impact on the art of its time. “Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965–1975” emphasizes how American artists grappled with the dilemmas of the war as it was unfolding—from President Lyndon B. Johnson’s fateful decision to deploy U.S. ground troops to South Vietnam in 1965 to the fall of Saigon 10 years later. The exhibition, now on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, makes vivid an era in which artists endeavored to respond to the turbulent times and openly questioned issues central to American civic life.

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