Artists Respond: A Symposium

Friday, March 15, 2019 9:00 a.m.  5:30 p.m.

A screenprint of a man yelling with ¡Fuera de Indochina! printed underneath.

Rupert García, ¡Fuera de Indochina!, 1970, screenprint, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Marcus © Rupert García, Courtesy Rena Bransten Gallery, Photo courtesy the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Join us for a day of lectures and conversations related to the exhibition Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965-1975. In the morning session, a distinguished group of scholars offer insight into the intersection between the Vietnam War and contemporary art practice in the United States. The afternoon session is dedicated to two panel discussions. A panel of artists, representing varied aesthetic approaches, reflect on their experience of the Vietnam War as creators and, in many cases, as activists. One panel focuses on artists who were working in California during the Vietnam War period, the other on artists then based in New York.


  • Judith Bernstein, artist
  • Harry Gamboa, Jr., artist
  • Rupert García, artist
  • Hans Haacke, artist
  • Melissa Ho, curator of twentieth-century art, SAAM
  • Mignon Nixon, professor of modern and contemporary art, University College London
  • Chon Noriega, professor, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television director, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
  • Fred Ritchin, dean emeritus, International Center of Photography
  • Martha Rosler, artist


  • Julia Bryan-Wilson, professor of modern and contemporary art, University of California, Berkeley
  • Thomas Crow, Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
  • Katherine Markoski, independent scholar

The program is free and open to the public.

Symposium Webcast