Friday, March 15, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965-1975 is the first national museum exhibition to examine the contemporary impact of the Vietnam War on American art. The show brings together nearly 100 works by fifty-eight of the most visionary and provocative artists of the period, who reimagined the goals and uses of art and affected developments across multiple movements and media: painting, sculpture, printmaking, performance, installation, documentary art, and conceptualism.
During the Symposium, a distinguished group of scholars and artists offer insight into the intersection between the Vietnam War and art practice in the United States.
Stephanie Stebich, The Margaret and Terry Stent Director, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Melissa Ho, exhibition curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Mignon Nixon, professor of modern and contemporary art, University College London
What's Love Got to Do, Got to Do With It? Feminist Politics and America's War in Vietnam
Chon Noriega, professor, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television director, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
"People who mess up the public streets should be shot": Protesting Vietnam on East and West Coasts
Fred Ritchin, dean emeritus, International Center of Photography
Vietnam Inc.: An Excoriating Look at War
Discussion with morning speakers
Moderated by independent scholar Katherine Markoski
12:30 -2:00 p.m.
Break for lunch
Artist panel I: Art in California
Harry Gamboa Jr., Rupert García, and Martha Rosler
Discussion with panelists moderated by Thomas Crow, Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
Artist panel II: Art in New York
Judith Bernstein and Hans Haacke
Discussion with panelists moderated by Julia Bryan-Wilson, professor of modern and contemporary art, University of California, Berkeley
Artists Respond exhibition open for viewing
The program takes place in SAAM’s Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium. The auditorium is fully accessible from the Eighth and G Streets NW entrance of the museum.