Kurt Vonnegut https://www.finebooksmagazine.com/taxonomy/term/39574 en New Vonnegut Museum Debuts at VonnegutFest https://www.finebooksmagazine.com/blog/new-vonnegut-museum-debuts-vonnegutfest <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New Vonnegut Museum Debuts at VonnegutFest </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Every November, Indianapolis hosts <a href="https://www.vonnegutlibrary.org/vonnegutfest/">VonnegutFest</a> in honor of its native son, the brilliant author Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007). But this year’s event will be quite special, as it coincides with the grand opening of the new <a href="https://www.vonnegutlibrary.org/">Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library</a> (KVML). Called “a pilgrimage destination for thousands of fans from around the world,” the KVML, which has been in operation for eight years, will officially debut its new space with a ribbon cutting on November 9, attended by the author's daughter, Edith Vonnegut.</p> <p>The KVML houses rare books and memorabilia, including first editions of every Vonnegut novel from the Kevin Scherr Collection, some of Vonnegut’s famous drawings and doodles, family photographs, his typewriter, and even his Purple Heart, earned in the U.S. Army during World War II. The museum also offers fans the opportunity to “sit hunched over the same model typewriter Kurt Vonnegut pecked away at,” and to “ponder rejection letters Vonnegut received from editors.”</p> <p>And in this, the 50th-anniversary year of Vonnegut’s cult classic, <em>Slaughterhouse-Five</em>, the KVML is raising funds to open a permanent exhibition in its new home called <em>Unstuck in Time: Slaughterhouse-Five Then and Now</em>. According to the <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sh5/unstuck-in-time-a-new-slaughterhouse-five-exhibition">Kickstarter page</a>, “The <em>Unstuck in Time</em> exhibition will include a walk-through tunnel of the firebombing of Dresden, art by Kurt Vonnegut and other veterans, and biographical information about Kurt Vonnegut’s experience as a Prisoner of War during WWII. Every part of <em>Unstuck in Time: Slaughterhouse-Five Then and Now </em>will emphasize that literature, including <em>Slaughterhouse-Five</em>, is an important societal tool for understanding complex human experiences … This project will also help KVML offer programming for veterans, students, and the general public about the power of the arts and humanities to help us heal as individuals and as a society.”</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/37" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">rebecca</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 10/29/2019 - 09:16</span> Tue, 29 Oct 2019 13:16:58 +0000 rebecca 15394 at https://www.finebooksmagazine.com Kurt Vonnegut, Sculptor https://www.finebooksmagazine.com/blog/kurt-vonnegut-sculptor <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Kurt Vonnegut, Sculptor</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Best known for his novels like <em>Slaughterhouse-Five</em> and <em>Cat's Cradle</em>, Kurt Vonnegut also created visual art, mainly in the form of <a href="http://www.monacellipress.com/book/?isbn=9781580933773">drawings</a> and prints, as early as 1969. He made sculptures too, though they are "rare" on the market, according to Case Antiques, who sold this c. 1980 aluminum piece, titled "<a href="https://caseantiques.com/item/lot-599-vonnegut-sculpture-wasp-waist/">Wasp Waist</a>," at auction in Tennessee last month for $5,040. Signed and numbered 6/9, the aluminum silhouette is clearly reminiscent of his famous felt-tipped drawings. <br /><br /><a href="https://www.finebooksmagazine.com/fine_books_blog/assets_c/2018/08/WaspWaist%202-16290.phtml"><img src="https://www.finebooksmagazine.com/fine_books_blog/assets_c/2018/08/WaspWaist%202-thumb-autox801-16290.jpg" alt="WaspWaist 2.jpg" class="mt-image-center" style="text-align: center; display: block; margin: 0 auto 20px;" width="300" height="801" /></a>As Peter Reed wrote of 'Vonnegut as artist' in 1999: "His fiction struggles to cope with a world of tragi-comic disparities, a universe that defies causality, whose absurdity lends the fantastic equal plausibility with the mundane. Much the same outlook pervades the graphic artworks that have increasingly occupied Vonnegut in recent years."<br /><br /><em>Image courtesy of Case Antiques</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">fbcadmin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/09/2018 - 09:53</span> Thu, 09 Aug 2018 13:53:25 +0000 fbcadmin 9543 at https://www.finebooksmagazine.com