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Vietnam veteran and artist Ned Broderick will speak about his art and the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum onWednesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. in Reed's Vollum lecture hall. Broderick will speak about the work of getting the museum started and the underlying ideas behind its founding, as well as his own experiences as an artist. The talk, sponsored by the Robert Lehman Art Lecture Fund, is free and open to the public. For more information call the Reed events line at 503/777-7755.

Ned Broderick is one of the founding artists of the Vietnam Veterans Arts Group, which held its first exhibition in 1981. The exhibition, put together by the artists at an alternative gallery called N.A.M.E. (shortened to N.A.M. for the exhibition), was successful beyond anybody's expectations, and offers began flooding in from private galleries&endash;provided the artists toned down the show and removed the more sensitive and controversial work. The group never relinquished artistic autonomy, and between 1983 and 1995 the collection was shown in over 40 venues nationwide, acquiring new works and new members for the group wherever they went. In 1995 the city of Chicago donated an abandoned warehouse and provided a grant for its renovation. The Vietnam Veterans Art Group became the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum and opened its doors in August of 1996.

Broderick's work continues to be on display there, and his painting, Hi Mom . . . I'm Home is featured on the cover of Vietnam: Reflexes and Reflections (Harry N. Abrams, 1998), a book about the museum and its artists. Broderick is both a painter and an assemblage artist with a strong Surrealist influence, and his work has been noted for its consistent inventiveness and incisiveness.

The Lehman lecture series began in 1985 with the support of the Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc. of New York City. The foundation was incorporated in 1943 with funds from the late Robert Lehman, partner in the investment banking firm of Lehman Brothers and chairman of the board of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to which his private art collection was donated. In addition to maintaining the Lehman wing of the Metropolitan Museum, the foundation is dedicated to supporting higher education and cultural programs with an emphasis on visual arts and related teaching activities and publications.

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