The Pritzker Military Museum & Library’s exhibit, Hunting Charlie: Finding the Enemy in the Vietnam War, explores the United States’ enemy during the Vietnam conflict through rarely seen original art pieces. The exhibit displays a point-and-counterpoint perspective by pairing North Vietnamese propaganda art created from 1952 to 1973 with photos, Bill Mauldin political cartoons and reflections from United States combat veterans.
The narrative of how the North Vietnamese and the United States became such bitter enemies reads as a bloody clash between two countries who knew very little about each other. The core exhibition pieces, curated from the Museum & Library’s collection and on loan from Albert Goodman, help reveal the complex identity and tactics of the United States adversary during the Vietnam War.
“A strong case can be made today that outside Vietnam War veterans, the United States still does not know who its enemy was during the Vietnam War,” says Museum & Library President and CEO Kenneth Clarke, “Considering the numerous resources on our enemies in WWII and anti-Vietnam War activism on the home front, the lack of academic resources about our enemy and their tactics in the Vietnam War is as concerning as it is surprising.” Fifty years later, we are still Hunting Charlie.
Now until December 13, 2017
Pritzker Military Museum & Library
104 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
General Admission - $5.
Members and visitors with military ID, Chicago police and fire departments and children under 18 - Free
For more information: Pritzker Military Museum & Library or 312.374.9333
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“What will Jane Fonda think of you now? by William Mauldin (1921-2003), 1978
"Couldn't you wait till he's weaned?" by William Mauldin (1921-2003), 1967
"We Just Seem to Be Pounding His Feet Into the Ground" by William Mauldin (1921-2003), 1965
All photos courtesy of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library