January-April, first artist-in-residence at the Smithsonian Institution. “I spent perhaps the strangest three months of my life. It was as though I’d emigrated to a place where normally no one emigrates.” Official Washington social life and government bureaucracy irritated him. “It was against this world that the hippie revolution of nudity, and especially of violence, took place.”
During these months, he makes drawings on Smithsonian stationery, adding imagery that recontextualizes the steel-engraved buildings on the letterhead. For a luncheon in his honor on February 27, he prepares two pages of “Remarks” in his false calligraphy, undercutting what he perceived as the pomposity of the event.
While in Washington, makes four drawings for backdrops for a Seattle Opera Company traveling production of Igor Stravinsky’s camera opera, The Soldier’s Tale. He supervises the enlargement of the drawings.
March 10-April 30, “Steinberg: ‘The Americans.’ Aquarelles, Dessins et Collages 1955–1967” at the Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels. Six of the eight monumental panels from The Americans, his collage-murals for the 1958 US Pavilion at the Brussels World’s Fair, are reassembled and exhibited along with nearly 50 drawings of the previous decade. Two of the panels accompany the show when it travels to the Museum Boymans-van-Beuningen in Rotterdam and the Hamburger Kunsthalle.
Contributes 27 drawings to My Search for Absolutes, the posthumously published credo of philosopher-theologian Paul Tillich.
August 3, purchases three more lots to extend his Amagansett property.
August 12-30, with Sigrid, trip to California, Washington, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and Minnesota.
August 30, death of Ad Reinhardt, who had become a close friend.
Incontro con Saul Steinberg: L’essenza totemica (Encounter with Saul Steinberg: The Totemic Character), a film made for Italian television (RAI), with ST interviewed by Sergio Zavoli. Film is shot in his Washington Square Village apartment.
As his opposition to the Vietnam war grows, contributes a lithograph entitled Thirteen Colonies, or Vietnam, to Portfolio 9—lithographs by nine artists sold to raise money for anti-war campaigns. Will continue to donate art and design posters for anti-war efforts.