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June 07, 2019

Huntsville Museum of Art presents iconic AP Vietnam War photographs

Huntsville, Ala. – The Huntsville Museum of Art (HMA) is honored to present, Vietnam: The Real War, which features gripping photographs from The Associated Press.  This exhibition is on view now through October 6, 2019.

“The Vietnam War evokes strong emotions for many Americans,” remarked HMA Executive Director Christopher Madkour.  “This exhibition was curated from The Associated Press’s archives and shows the magnitude of challenges our servicemen faced during their tour of duty and the loss of local Vietnamese civilians throughout the war.  We are proud to present this exclusive exhibition in a community where our military has a strong and revered presence.”

To cover the Vietnam War, The AP gathered a group of superb photojournalists in its Saigon bureau, creating one of the greatest photographic legacies of the 20th century. The AP won six Pulitzer Prizes for its coverage in Vietnam, including four for photography.

Vietnam: The Real War features more than 70 AP images illuminating the long and divisive war that profoundly shaped American history.  From Malcolm Browne’s photograph of the burning monk and Nick Ut’s picture of a 9-year-old running from a napalm attack, to Eddie Adams’ photograph of the execution of a Viet Cong prisoner, Vietnam: The Real War contains images that both recorded and changed history.

The Museum hosted a sold out Presentation and Preview Reception on June 6 which featured AP Director of Photography, J. David Ake, delivering the presentation, followed by a reception in the galleries catered by Chef Narvell with live music performed by a trio from the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.  Also in attendance were representatives from Huntsville’s Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1067.  

This exhibition was organized by the Huntsville Museum of Art and The Associated Press.  Many images in the exhibition are graphic and document the hard realities that come along with war. Parental discretion is advised when viewing the exhibition.  For more information about the exhibit and to see what other shows are on display, visit hsvmuseum.org.

Photo caption: Exhibition graphic. U.S. Marines move through a landing zone, December 1969. Copyright AP Photo

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About the Huntsville Museum of Art
The Huntsville Museum of Art is a non-profit municipal corporation established by the City of Huntsville, Alabama, and governed by a city-appointed Museum Board.  The Museum seeks to foster understanding of the visual arts and appreciation of artistic achievement.  In addition to its galleries and exhibitions, the Museum offers art classes for children and adults along with special programs, lectures and musical presentations.  Rental space is also available for weddings, meetings and other events.

About The Associated Press
The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day, more than half the world's population sees news from AP. On the web: www.ap.org.

Co-Lead Sponsors: The Jurenko Foundation; Boeing; Iron Mountain Solutions; and Lockheed Martin
Exhibition Sponsors: Raytheon; and Bill Stender
Media Sponsor: WLRH 89.3; and Alabama Media Group

Contact:
Samantha Nielsen
Director of Communications
snielsen@hsvmuseum.org
O: 256.535.4350 ext. 219