The United States Servicemen’s Fund Art Collection

Seth Siegelaub


This catalogue, organized by Seth Siegelaub, both documents the works assembled to raise money for the United States Servicemen’s Fund (USSF) as well as inaugurates the fund’s art collection. The USSF was an organization established to promote free speech within the US military and was heavily engaged in anti-Vietnam War activity through both the funding and support of independent GI newspapers as well as various cultural actions and events. It also worked to defend the legal rights of GIs.

Participating artists includ the work of Keith Sonnier, Robert Morris, Robert Smithson, Robert Murray, Robert Huot, David Diao, Gene Davis, Al Held, Robert Ryman, Alex Hay, Lawrence Weiner, Sol LeWitt, Alex Katz, Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, De Wain Valentine, Carl Andre, and Joseph Kosuth.

Seth Siegelaub (b. 1941 – 2013) was an American curator, art dealer, and author. Through his gallery, Seth Siegelaub Contemporary Art, and his later curatorial practice, Siegelaub introduced the art world to both a wide array of innovative conceptual artists as well as to radically new ways of exhibiting and distributing art. In 1971, Siegelaub (along with Robert Projansky) authored “The Artist’s Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement,” which was translated into German, French, and Italian. Following his early work in the arts, Siegelaub went on to work as a political researcher and a collector and bibliographer of textiles.

8.25 x 5 inches
22 pages
1971 / 2012