“Japan R&R: 1969” is the name of the new exhibit opening on Saturday, May 29, at the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago (formerly known as the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum).
Every Vietnam veteran knows what the exhibit’s title means. For you civilians, the Pentagon, in its wisdom, gave those of us who took part in that war a five-to-seven day break, called R&R (“rest and relaxation”). We were flown to exotic getaways to get away from the war, including Tokyo, Hong Kong, Sydney, Bangkok, and Kuala Lampur.
The exhibit includes some in-country combat photos, but most illuminate what GI’s did on R&R in Japan. Japan R&R, which is sponsored in part by Jerry Kylisz and Jennifer Komorowski, runs through November 1 at the museum (above) , which is located 1801 S. Indiana Avenue. There will be an artists’ reception at the Opening from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $10, but is free to museum members and active duty military and dependents. For more info, go to the NVAM’s web site.