The time to remember the sacrifices made by our military shouldn’t just be limited to Veterans Day.
One of Chicago’s best museums is the one that doesn’t get as many headlines or attention as the Museum of Contemporary Art.
The National Veterans Art Museum (4041 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago IL) is the only museum in the United States that is solely dedicated to showing and displaying work created by Vietnam and Iraq War vets. In 2010, the museum also began displaying work created by veterans of any American conflict. Without the frills of a traditional museum, the main gallery features a striking metal sculpture that is that depicts a soldier that is ready to “dance with death.
Another fascinating feature is the “Above & Beyond” exhibit where there are 58,000 dog tags representing the 58,000 service men and women who died in the Vietnam War.
New exhibits include remnants from the Iraq war.
While not receiving a lot of media attention, the National Veterans Art Museum survives solely by artist vets who donate pieces to display and work to restore pieces themselves.
It’s certainly worth a look if you find yourself in the Chicago area.
For more information about the Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, visit nvam.org