National Veterans Memorial and Museum (NVMM)’s upcoming exhibit schedule for 2020. As I’m sure you’re already aware, the NVMM is the first and only nationally designated museum in the United States dedicated to honoring veterans. Since its grand opening in Columbus, OH, more than 50,000 people from across the country and around the world have visited to hear the stories of our nation’s veterans, their families and the fallen across all branches of service and all eras of conflict.
From sharing individual stories of our nation’s veterans to showcasing the impact of the Vietnam War, the NVMM will be hosting a variety of powerful and compelling exhibits over the next 12 months. Please see below for an overview and let me know if you need additional details and/or visuals:
So Ready for Laughter: The Legacy of Bob Hope (1/31 – 4/17): This exhibit offers visitors the opportunity to travel back in time with Bob Hope as he delivers life and laughter in support of our troops all over the world. Supported by the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation, So Ready for Laughter tells the story of Bob Hope’s unique place in WWII history and beyond. Exploring Hope’s major tours and travels during World War II, So Ready for Laughter features nearly 50 artifacts and includes an original 11-minute documentary produced by award-winning filmmaker, John Scheinfeld. The exhibition also includes a replica USO Stage, personal artifacts, digital display tables and historical panels depicting the legacy of Bob Hope.
We the People: Portraits of Veterans in America (5/2 – 9/6): This exhibition by Ohio native Mary Whyte is seven years in the making, and an artists’ real-life tribute to veterans and service. We the People is comprised of 50 large-scale watercolor portraits of veterans of all ages and all walks of life.
The Wall that Heals: Vietnam Veterans Memorial (5/22 – 5/25): Standing at 7.5 feet high at its tallest point and 375 feet in length, the three-quarter replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. is designed to travel to communities throughout the United States. Since its dedication on Veterans Day 1996, the exhibit has been displayed at nearly 600 communities across the country.
Depicting the Invisible (9/11 – 12/31): This exhibit is a portrait series of veterans suffering for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with the veterans’ own words incorporated into the pieces. Depicting the Invisible is comprised of 14 oversized mixed-media black and white works on canvas combining photographic imagery, paint, collage and text. Depicting the Invisible was a 2019 documentary short winner at the New York City International Film Festival.