Vonnegut and Art

Vonnegut was not only a writer, but also a visual artist who developed a relationship late in life with Kentucky artist Joe Petro III, whom Vonnegut says “saved [his] life” (A Man without a Country 143).  The two men worked together to produce silk screen prints of Vonnegut’s line drawings and other artwork.  Here’s a link to a short New Yorker article about Vonnegut’s art that includes a slide show of some of his work.

In the spirit of Vonnegut’s love for the visual arts, the Kurt Vonnegut Society would like to share some links to contemporary art inspired by Vonnegut’s life and work:

  • Slaughterhouse-Five PaintingsA link to the Facebook page of California-based artist Lance Miccio, whose collection of 50 paintings celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Slaughterhouse-Five debuted at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in Indianapolis in 2019.  The exhibit is traveling to the Addlestone Library at the College of Charleston in South Carolina from Feb. 15 – March 15, 2021.
  • Someplace in Time A short animated film illustrating a key passage from Slaughterhouse-Five by Brooklyn-based artist Scott Palazzo.