National Vietnam Veterans Art MuseumSouth Loop
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Works of art inspired by the turmoil of the Vietnam War. Fun is not the point here; an intense historical and cultural experience is. Painting, sculpture, photography and other works in the collection were produced mostly by veterans and their experiences give their art an unmistakable emotional edge. While some of the works are abstract, others are realistic and many incorporate poetry, letters, diaries and other direct representations of the experience of war. The power of most of the work has only increased with the passage of time. Paintings such as "Don't Worry, Man, It's Just a Bad Dream" and "We Regret to Inform You" make their point like a landmine. "Dressed to Kill" is a carved-teak head adorned with punk-style spiked hair made from brass shell casings.