"Artists Respond" at Mia L-R: Work by Rupert Garcia, David Hammons, Philip Jones Griffiths


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

Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., and Sun. from Sept. 29-Jan. 5
Time Varies
$20; $16 Mia members; youth 17 and under free
Art, Museums

As a follow-up to its most recent triumph—the first-ever, critically lauded, blockbuster exhibition of work by Native women artists—Mia is presenting another first: the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s “Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965–1975.” Unprecedented in its range and depth, the exhibition investigates the impact of the Vietnam War on American art, contextualizing nearly 100 works by 58 artists within second-wave feminism, the Black Power and Black Arts movements, and—specific to the Mia’s installation—the protests following the violence during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Mia’s companion exhibition, “Artists Reflect: Contemporary Views on the American War,” provides another point of view: that of Southeast Asian diaspora artists. Two Minnesota artists, Pao Houa Her and Teo Nguyen, have work in the show, along with 10 additional artists whose pieces encapsulate the myriad effects of violence and migration on memory and healing.