Miami Beach Invites Vacationers Back to the Beach

Miami Beach is ready and open for business as hotels, restaurants, and attractions open their doors following Hurricane Irma. Miami Beach is truly like no other place in the world and is open for business, with the beach’s iconic hotels, restaurants, and attractions operating once again. Tourists are welcome back with open arms and can expect the same signature vacation experience that Miami Beach offers any time of the year. From hotels like The Betsy and Delano to fine-dining at Nobu and Hakkasan, the city is back in action.

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Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (PRNewsFoto/Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority)

Hurricane or no hurricane, Miami Beach is a favorite destination among travelers worldwide. Renowned for its unparalleled culinary offerings, extravagant nightlife, rich culture, luxe shopping and plush hotels, Miami Beach is home to unique museums, the New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet, Miami Beach Convention Center, international festivals and art exhibitions, boat and auto shows, over 187 boutique and resort hotels and 12 public parks. It’s no wonder this beautifully diverse city is one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations. Boasting seven miles of breathtaking beaches, Miami Beach is easily accessible from the Port of Miami and Miami International Airport.

We are so thankful that Miami Beach weathered the storm well. The city has taken all necessary precautions and diligently made preparations in order to welcome back our beloved locals and tourists from around the globe,” said Peggy Benua, Chair of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority and General Manager of Dream South Beach. “Miami Beach’s key destinations have reopened and look forward to delivering on the five-star service visitors expect.”

Miami Beach Invites Vacationers

Miami Beach invites vacationers back to the beach as hotels, restaurants, and attractions open their doors following Hurricane Irma. Tourists are welcome back with open arms.

A number of the beach’s hotels, restaurants and attractions are now open and eager to welcome guests. Below is only a sampling:

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The Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority was recently named the World’s Leading City Tourist Board in 2016 and 2016 North America’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards, awarded first place in the 2017 and 2016 edition of the Travvy Awards, presented by travAlliancemedia in the categories of “Best LGBTQ Destination” and “Best Wedding Destination, U.S. & Canada” and a winner of the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Magellan Awards by Travel Weekly in the categories of “Destinations | Mobile App“, “Overall Spa Destinations | U.S and Canada” and “Overall Beaches Destinations | U.S and Canada” respectively. The City of Miami Beach has also been named one of the top cities worldwide for ‘walkability’ and is equally easy to navigate by bike or boat. Known for its year-round sunny skies, the vibrant destination has been ranked by TripAdvisor as a Top Winter Sun Vacation Rental Getaway Destinations, Top Romantic Destinations, Top 25 Beaches in the World and Top 25 Destinations in the U.S.

For more information and updates on Miami Beach, download the Miami Beach Information App at www.miamibeachapi.com/app/.

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Art News: The ACT UP Portraits: Activists & Avatars, 1991-1994

STEPHEN BARKER, “The ACT UP Portraits: Activists & Avatars, 1991-1994”

Exhibition dates: September 14 – October 28, 2017

Daniel Cooney Fine Art (508-526 West 26th Street, Suite 9C, New York, NY 10001, 212 255 8158. dan@danielcooneyfineart.com. Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 11 – 6) is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition of photographs, “The ACT UP Portraits: Activists & Avatars, 1991-1994“, by renowned photographer Stephen Barker. The exhibit will showcase approximately 15 never before seen black and white photographic portraits of AIDS activists – in the studio and at home – taken by Barker during his time working within the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) 1991-1994, and Barker’s unique artist’s book Funeral March, which chronicles the carrying of Mark Fisher’s body in an open coffin from Judson Church, up Sixth Avenue, to the steps of the Republican National Committee on the eve of the presidential election in 1992.

Rod Sorge (1969-1999) ACT UP Needle Exchange, 1991

Rod Sorge (1969-1999) ACT UP Needle Exchange, 1991

Barker became involved with ACT UP in the late 80s working primarily with the needle exchange program. The photographs were never intended as an encyclopedic project, but rather the portraits evolved organically out of Barker’s working relationships, friendships, and intimacies. The exhibition is especially timely during this 30th anniversary year of ACT UP when once again all underserved communities, including those living with HIV/AIDS, are threatened by our own government. It is a call to arms for activism and a reminder of the distance we have traveled and battles we have won.

Stephen Barker, 'Gay Wachman, ACT UP Needle Exchange,' 1992, Gelatin Silver Print

Stephen Barker, ‘Gay Wachman, ACT UP Needle Exchange,’ 1992, Gelatin Silver Print

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Toys“R”Us® Unwraps The 2017 Holiday Hot Toy List

Retailer Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Only List that Matters with Geoffrey’s Top 20, New Services and More

Attention moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas and everyone in between Toys“R”Us® has unveiled its 2017 Holiday Hot Toy List. As the leading expert on all things toy, the Toys“R”Us team has traveled the world over the past two decades to uncover hot trends and toy phenomena like Tickle Me™ Elmo, Zhu Zhu Pets®, Hatchimals™ and more, so they can provide parents and gift-givers with the inside scoop on kids’ most-wanted playthings. This year’s list is no exception, featuring items from Hatchimals Surprise™ to PAW Patrol Sea Patroller™ and more than 20 items available exclusively at Toys“R” Us (cue Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder™). Eager holiday shoppers can rest easy knowing they can get the comprehensive list of this year’s 50 hottest toys at Toysrus.com/HotToys.

Luke Skywalker's Landspeeder

Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder

At Toys“R”Us, it’s serious business deciding which toys make the cut and end up on our Holiday Hot Toy List,” said Ariana Gentry, Toys“R”Us President of Play.Not only is this year’s list filled with ultra-hot and kid-approved gifts – but I can personally say that each of these toys are super FUN to play with!

3 in1 Sports Zone

3 in1 Sports Zone

Helping celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Holiday Hot Toy List, gift-givers can find Geoffrey’s Top 20 toys (the best of the best of the list) – and more – in-store and online:

  • 3-in-1 Sports Zone from Little Tikes®

    Baby So Sweet 16 Inch Nursery Doll 2

    Baby So Sweet 16 Inch Nursery Doll

  • Baby So Sweet 16-Inch Nursery Doll from Toys“R”Us® (Available only at Toys“R”Us)
  • Coco Interactive Guitar from Mattel® (Available beginning October 1, 2017)

  • Doc McStuffins All-in-One Nursery from Just Play™
  • Fingerlings™ from WowWee™ (Unicorn Gigi available only at Toys“R”Us)
  • FURREAL ROARIN’ IVORY, THE PLAYFUL TIGER from HASBRO (Available only at Toys“R”Us beginning November 1, 2017)
  • Glimmies™ Glimtern from Just Play™ (Available only at Toys“R”Us)
  • Hatchimals Surprise from Spin Master™ (Available beginning October 6, 2017)
  • Imaginext® DC Super Friends™ Batbot Xtreme from Fisher-Price®
  • L.O.L Surprise™ Big Surprise from MGA Entertainment® (Available beginning September 29, 2017)
  • NERF RIVAL NEMESIS MXVII-10K Blaster from HASBRO
  • Nintendo Switch™ with Gray Joy-Con™ from Nintendo
  • Of Dragons, Fairies, and Wizards™ Magical Fairy Wand Fairy Princess Fern from Cepia LLC
  • Oonies™ Mega Starter Pack from Moose Toys™ (Available only at Toys“R”Us beginning October 1, 2017)

  • PAW Patrol Sea Patroller from Spin Master™
  • Pikmi Pops™ Surprise! Jumbo Plush from Moose Toys™ (Available only at Toys“R”Us beginning October 1, 2017)
  • Power Wheels Boomerang from Fisher-Price® (Available only at Toys“R”Us)
  • Power Rangers Ninja Steel Lion Fire Fortress Zord from Bandai™ (Available only at Toys“R”Us)
  • Project Mc2™ Smart Pixel Purse from MGA Entertainment®
  • Shimmer and Shine™ Magical Light-Up Genie Palace from Fisher-Price® (Available only at Toys“R”Us beginning October 1, 2017)

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Godiva Reimagines Contemporary Take On The Brand’s Iconic Gold Collection

GODIVA Chocolatier announced the launch of its new Gold Discovery Collection – a modern take on the brand’s signature gold box for experience-seeking chocolate lovers.Lady_Godiva_Belgium_1926_gold Logo

The Gold Discovery Collection is a fusion of history and innovation featuring new flavors, colors, shapes and textures that effortlessly come together for modern flavor pairings. GODIVA chefs created six new bold flavor combinations including White Chocolate Ganache and Coffee, Strawberry and Lychee as well as caramel mousse, creating a journey of wonderful discoveries for the adventurous foodie.

Godiva Gold Discoveryn Collection

Godiva Gold Discovery Collection

The collection includes classic GODIVA flavors, such as the Dark Lion of Belgium and Milk Praline Heart, with a modern, sophisticated twist in addition to the introduction of six new pieces:

  • Strawberry Lychee Eclipse‘: a fusion of dreamy white chocolate mousse laced with strawberry and lychee, in a crispy, creamy milk chocolate shell
  • Intense Coffee Feather‘: luxurious white chocolate ganache gets a hit of bold coffee and a coat of milk chocolate
  • Caramel Mousse Artisan‘: white chocolate mousse meets caramel for a taste of crème brûlée, before it’s wrapped in milk chocolate
  • Pecan Praline Allure‘: exquisite pecan and chocolate praline surrounded by milk chocolate
  • Double Dark Chocolate Swirl‘: rich extra dark chocolate ganache surrounded by a dark chocolate shell
  • Almond Marquise‘: whole roasted almond with almond praline in a milk chocolate shell

The combination of innovative, elevated flavors and the intricate artistry of new shapes, has resulted in a collection of chocolate pieces that stimulate the senses during an unforgettable tasting experience.

As one of GODIVA’s Chefs and Chocolatiers, we collectively find passion in continuing the vision of our founders, while bringing fresh, artistic viewpoints to all of our collections. This reimagined Gold Discovery collection combines our iconic history in premium chocolate with contemporary, edible artistry that allows new fans to discover gold for themselves,” explains Chef Jean Apostolou.

The Gold Discovery Collection is now available in U.S. stores and GODIVA.com in boxes of 6 ($14) and 12 pieces ($25). The packaging pays homage to the classic gold box, embossed with the signature “G” and Lady GODIVA emblem symbolic of the chocolatier’s heritage and finished with a gold satin ribbon that parallels the beauty and luxury that is synonymous with the GODIVA name.

Nordstrom Announces Latest Retail Concept: Nordstrom Local

New Retail Initiative A Neighborhood Hub For Free Personal Styling, Onsite Alterations And A Suite Of Nordstrom Services

Nordstrom, Inc. has announced the launch of Nordstrom Local – the company’s latest retail concept and neighborhood hub where customers can shop and access Nordstrom services in a convenient, central location. This brand new Nordstrom experience will launch in West Hollywood on October 3, on the same day as the company’s Westside Pavilion store relocation to Century City.NORDSTROM LOGO

As the retail landscape continues to transform at an unprecedented pace, the one thing we know that remains constant is that customers continue to value great service, speed, and convenience,” said Shea Jensen, Nordstrom senior vice president of customer experience who led the Nordstrom Local initiative. “We know there are more and more demands on a customer’s time and we wanted to offer our best services in a convenient location to meet their shopping needs. Finding new ways to engage with customers on their terms is more important to us now than ever.”Nordstrom Local Logo

Nordstrom Local will have a 3,000 sq. ft. footprint; much smaller than an average 140,000 sq. ft. Nordstrom store. This service-focused concept store has no dedicated inventory – rather, customers who want to shop will have access to Personal Stylists, who can transfer merchandise in for customers, as well as a suite of convenient services like Buy Online, Pick-Up In-Store (available same-day), Alterations & Tailoring, Trunk Club services, manicure appointments and more (please see full list below). Customers will also be able to make returns at Nordstrom Local from Nordstrom stores, Nordstrom.com and Trunk Club.

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Nordstrom Local @ 8401 Melrose Place, Los Angeles, California 90069

Nordstrom Local will have one styling suite and eight dressing rooms, while the majority of the space will consist of a centrally-located meeting space where customers can sit comfortably, enjoy a glass of wine or beer, and chat with their Personal Stylists. Customers will also find Alterations & Tailoring and Order Pickup at the entrance, and items can be hand-delivered to a customer’s car via Curbside Pickup.

The full list of services available at Nordstrom Local includes:

  • Personal Stylists – Fast, fun, free – and zero pressure. A Nordstrom Personal Stylist can help customers with everything from a little fashion advice to a whole new wardrobe to finding the perfect gift at any budget. Customers can make an appointment with a stylist online, over the phone or in-person.
  • Buy Online, Pick-Up In-Store – Customers can shop Nordstrom.com and pick up their purchases at Nordstrom Local on the same day, if ordered before 2pm.
  • Onsite Alterations & Tailoring – Customers can get professional alterations and tailoring at Nordstrom Local. On-site tailors will assure that any garment fits perfectly, from a simple jeans hem to a meticulously tailored suit.
  • Same-Day Delivery – Available for completed alterations or purchases, and delivered directly to a customer’s home on the same day, if ordered by 2pm.
  • Curbside Pickup Alterations and Buy Online, Pick-Up In-Store orders can be hand-delivered to a customer’s car via Nordstrom Local‘s Curbside Pickup.
  • Trunk Club & Trunk Club Custom – Another convenient location for customers to meet a Trunk Club Stylist or pick up or return a trunk. The Nordstrom team of expert tailors will help customers select the right fabrics or create a Trunk Club Custom garment that suits them perfectly from workweek to weekend.
  • Nordstrom Gift Card – Nordstrom donates 1% of all Gift Card sales to nonprofits in local communities.
  • Style Boards Nordstrom Style Boards is a new salesperson tool that allows salespeople and Personal Stylists to create digital boards filled with personalized fashion recommendations, like a summer vacation or wedding, which customers can view on their phone and purchase directly through Nordstrom.com. In addition to fashion recommendations, customers can get the expert advice of a salesperson or Personal Stylist by having a conversation with them through the app.
  • Nail Services Nordstrom Local offers eight different manicure services to help customers complete the perfect look.
  • Easy Returns – Customers can make returns at Nordstrom Local from Nordstrom stores, Nordstrom.com, and Trunk Club.
  • On-Site Refreshments Nordstrom Local will serve a full beverage menu including California-sourced beer and wine, cold-pressed juices from Pressed Juicery, and handcrafted espresso drinks from Nordstrom Ebar.

Rodin at The Met

Exhibition Dates: September 16, 2017–January 15, 2018

Exhibition Location: The Met Fifth Avenue, B. Gerald Cantor Sculpture Gallery (Gallery 800) and Gallery 809

On the centenary of the death of Auguste Rodin (1840–1917), The Metropolitan Museum of Art will celebrate its historic collection of the artist’s work in Rodin at The Met, opening September 16, 2017. (The exhibition is made possible by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.)

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Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840-1917 Meudon), Orpheus and Eurydice, modeled probably before 1887, carved 1893, marble. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Thomas F. Ryan, 1910

Nearly 50 marbles, bronzes, plasters, and terracottas by Rodin, representing more than a century of acquisitions and gifts to the Museum, will be displayed in the newly installed and refurbished B. Gerald Cantor Sculpture Gallery (Gallery 800). The exhibition will feature iconic sculptures such as The Thinker and The Hand of God, as well as masterpieces such as The Tempest that have not been on view in decades. Paintings from The Met’s collection by some of Rodin’s most admired contemporaries, including his friends Claude Monet (1840–1926) and Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824–1898), will be presented in dialogue with the sculptures on display.

The extraordinary range of The Met’s holdings of Rodin’s work will be highlighted in an adjacent gallery (Gallery 809) with a selection of drawings, prints, letters, and illustrated books, as well as photographs of the master sculptor and his art. This focused presentation will introduce visitors to the evolution of Rodin’s draftsmanship and demonstrate the essential role of drawing in his practice. It will also address Rodin’s engagement with photographers, especially Edward Steichen (1879-1973), who served as a key intermediary in bringing Rodin’s drawings to New York.

Rodin at The Met begins a new chapter in the Museum’s long-standing engagement with Rodin. In 1912, The Met opened a gallery dedicated to Rodin’s sculptures and drawings—the first at the Museum devoted exclusively to the work of a living artist. Displayed in that gallery were almost 30 sculptures and, within a year, 14 drawings. During the late 20th century, the historic core of The Met’s Rodin collection was further enhanced by Iris and B. Gerald Cantor and their Foundation’s gifts of more than 30 sculptures, many of them from editions authorized by the artist and cast posthumously. Today, The Met’s holdings of Rodin’s art are among the largest and most distinguished in the United States. The exhibition will give visitors the opportunity to experience anew Rodin’s enduring artistic achievements.

Rodin at The Met is organized by Denise Allen, Curator in The Met’s Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts; Ashley Dunn, Assistant Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints; and Alison Hokanson and Asher Ethan Miller, both Assistant Curators in the Department of European Paintings.

Education programs will accompany the exhibition including a Sunday at The Met program “Rediscover Rodin” on October 15, a Picture This! Workshop on October 19, and a Met Signs Tour: Rodin at The Met with Emmanuel von Schack on Friday, November 3.

The display in Gallery 809 will close on January 15, 2018. The installation of paintings and sculptures in Gallery 800 will remain on permanent view with periodic rotations of selected works.

New-York Historical Society To Present Unprecedented Exhibition On The History Of The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War: 1945–1975, On View October 4, 2017 – April 22, 2018

One of the major turning points of the 20th century, the Vietnam War will be the subject of an unprecedented exhibition presented by the New-York Historical Society from October 4, 2017April 22, 2018. Bringing the hotly contested history of this struggle into the realm of public display as never before, the exhibition will offer a chronological and thematic narrative of the conflict from 1945 through 1975 as told through more than 300 artifacts, photographs, artworks, documents, and interactive digital media.

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American infantrymen crowd into a mud-filled bomb crater and look up at tall jungle trees seeking out Viet Cong snipers firing at them during a battle in Phuoc Vinh, north-northeast of Saigon in Vietnam’s War Zone D, June 15, 1967. Henri Huet / Associated Press

Objects on display will range from a Jeep used at Tan Son Nhut Air Base to a copy of the Pentagon Papers; from posters and bumper stickers both opposing and supporting the U.S. war effort to personal items left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC; from indelible news photographs (such as Eddie Adams’ Execution) to specially commissioned murals by contemporary artist Matt Huynh. While no gallery exhibition can provide a comprehensive, global perspective on this vast subject, the materials brought together in The Vietnam War: 1945–1975 will comprise a sweeping and immersive narrative, exploring, from a primarily American viewpoint, how this pivotal struggle was experienced both on the war front and on the home front. The Vietnam War: 1945–1975 was curated by Marci Reaven, New-York Historical Society vice president for history exhibitions.

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Interior of the USNS General Nelson M. Walker. Courtesy of Art and Lee Beltrone, Vietnam Graffiti Project, Keswick, VA. American servicemen initially traveled to Vietnam aboard WWII-era troop ships like the General Nelson M. Walker. Nearly 5,000 Marines and G.I.s crowded the Walker on each three-week voyage from Oakland, California to Danang or Qui Nhon, South Vietnam.

The Vietnam War: 1945–1975 signals a new ambition for the New-York Historical Society, which is to include in our exhibition program histories that are not only difficult but also as yet unresolved,” said Dr. Louise Mirrer, president, and CEO of New-York Historical. “This monumental exhibit challenges received wisdom about the origins and consequences of the War, relying on sources only recently made available to scholars as well as first person accounts of those who fought. As the exhibition shows, the War continues to provoke debate and discussion today and to dominate much of our thinking about military conduct and policy. The Vietnam War was the longest armed conflict of the 20th century, and today—more than 40 years after it ended―it continues to influence both public policy and personal convictions. We are grateful for the opportunity to offer the public a chance to better understand events and protagonists of the 20th century that reverberate well into the 21st.

Exhibition Overview

The Vietnam War: 1945–1975 sets the scene for the coming conflict through a display in an introductory gallery, where texts and materials about the onset of the Cold War document how the U.S. and its allies began to maneuver against the Communist bloc in regional confrontations after World War II while avoiding head-on engagement between the nuclear powers. Objects on view include a series of oil paintings by Chesley Bonestell imagining the destruction of New York City by Soviet atomic bombs and a newsreel from 1950 making the case for U.S. military action in Korea.

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Men of the 173rd Airborne Brigade on a search and destroy patrol after receiving supplies, 1966. National Archives at College Park, MD. The primary mission of U.S. forces was to destroy the enemy and their logistical network. American ground troops operated throughout South Vietnam, supported by naval and air campaigns. They defended the DMZ, pursued units in the hills along the Central Coast, combed through Viet Cong base areas in the Iron Triangle, and ranged across the upper Mekong Delta as part of an Army-Navy mobile riverine force.

The exhibition then takes up the story of Vietnam by recalling the successful struggle of the Communist-nationalist coalition Viet Minh to force France to abandon its claim to Vietnam, then part of the French colony known as Indochina. Archival footage from a CBS News broadcast illustrates the “domino theory” put forward by the Eisenhower administration in support of its desire to halt the spread of Communism in Asia, a mindset which contributed to the partitioning of Vietnam into North and South. Among the objects representing the experiences of the North Vietnamese and southern insurgents are a 1962 painting by the Hanoi-based artist Tran Huu Chat and a bicycle of the sort used by North Vietnamese forces for transport of arms along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Also on view is a scale model of the USS Maddox, one of the destroyers involved in the Gulf of Tonkin encounter with North Vietnamese forces in August 1964, which gave the Johnson Administration grounds for seeking Congressional authorization to increase U.S. military operations without a declaration of war.

On July 28, 1965, President Johnson spoke to the nation on TV to explain that it was up to America to protect South Vietnam and fight communism in Asia and that to be driven from the field would imperil U.S. power, security, and credibility. He also announced a dramatic escalation in the military draft.

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Draft card. Courtesy of Joseph Corrigan, C Troop, 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, Dak To, Vietnam 1967–68. President Johnson’s order to send more troops to Vietnam affected all men between the ages of 18 and 26. Registration for military service was compulsory. The Selective Service called up only the men needed while excusing the rest through deferments. Twenty-seven million American men were of draft age during the war. Forty percent served in the military, and about 2.5 million went to Vietnam.

Objects on view, like an original draft card, and displays will address various responses to the draft, which affected all men between the ages of 18 and 26. Archival footage of Johnson’s address announcing the doubling of the draft will be shown. Artifacts, such as graffiti created by soldiers on their canvas berths, from the troopship General Walker, which ferried draftees during the three-week voyage to Vietnam, will demonstrate the personal side of soldiers as they headed toward war.

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Detail. Tran Huu Chat, Spring in Tay Nguyen, 1962 and 2016. Lacquer engraving. New-York Historical Society. Hanoi art student Tran Huu Chat received high marks in 1962 for his lacquer engraving that depicted Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Minh organizing among the people to depose the French colonialists. Fellow Vietnamese would have understood that the artist was using the heroism of the Viet Minh to symbolically refer to the National Liberation Front, organized in 1960 to oppose the Diem regime and its U.S. backers. The original artwork hangs in Hanoi’s Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts. The 84-year-old Tran Huu Chat made an exact reproduction for this exhibition.

With this escalation of U.S. military involvement, the exhibition moves into a section that examines the conduct of the war and its repercussions both in the field and among American civilians. Two large, illustrated murals by noted artist and illustrator Matt Huynh, titled War Front and Home Front, depict key aspects of the years 1966 and 1967. War Front depicts the four combat zones in South Vietnam to show differing types of combat and highlight significant moments and battlegrounds. Home Front illustrates activity in the United States, including the Spring Mobilization, the largest antiwar demonstration to that date in American history, in which hundreds of thousands marched through midtown Manhattan on April 15, 1967.

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71st Evacuation Hospital patch belonging to Barbara Chiminello (left) and 57th Medical Detachment patch belonging to Thomas Chiminello (right). Courtesy of Barbara, Philip, and Eugene Chiminello. Siblings Thomas and Barbara Chiminello served alongside one another in Vietnam—Tommy as a Medevac helicopter pilot and Barbara as a nurse. These are their unit patches. In October 1967, Barbara received devastating news. Tommy and his crew had all been killed while responding to an urgent evacuation request.

The mural also shows a pro-war demonstration from May 1967 and other scenes of the war’s impact on national life. Interactive kiosks placed next to both murals bring them to life, allowing visitors to explore the events depicted through videos and photographs. Notable objects displayed in this section include a poster of a woman fighter in support of the southern insurgents, recreated by Tran Thi Van; helmets worn by U.S. and South Vietnamese government soldiers, dog tags, military patches, and field implements; letters from soldiers to their loved ones back home; a condolence letter on the death of a son; period magazines; posters and buttons both demanding an end to the war and urging support for the military effort; and a recording of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s April 1967 speech against the war. Continue reading