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"MODERN FICTION AND ART: Prints by Contemporary Authors"
1999-07-25 until 2000-01-30
University of Kentucky Art Museum
USA United States of America
Silkscreen prints by such pivotal contemporary writers as Kurt Vonnegut, Ralph Steadman, Hunter S. Thompson, and William S. Burroughs will be featured in the Fall 1999 exhibition Modern Fiction and Art at the University of Kentucky Art Museum. Drawn from the museum’s collection and area private collections, the prints on view illustrate the innovative ideas of these authors translated into visual forms. Vonnegut’s silkscreens Tralfamadore, Trout in Cohoes, Sphincter, and Cheops represent not only themes and characters addessed in his novels, but they also embody the author’s surreal aesthetic. Burroughs “finished” his print Something New Has Been Added by blasting the image with a shotgun, which, to the author, was a means of exploring chance operation and randomness. The writer and illustrator Ralph Steadman produced vivid reinterpretations inspired by Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the cult classic by gonzo journalist and Kentucky native Hunter S. Thompson.
Modern Fiction and Art has been developed in coordination with the university’s English department. The Fall 1999 class, Studies in the Modern American Novel, will specifically feature the exhibition as part of the students’ analysis of Kurt Vonnegut’s distinguished career. In addition, the museum is fortunate to have this rare opportunity to publish original essays by Kurt Vonnegut and Ralph Steadman in an illustrated brochure which will accompany the exhibition.
The exhibition opens to the public on Sunday, July 25 and continues through Sunday, January 30, 2000. The Art Museum is located in the Singletary Center for the Arts on the corner of Rose Street and Euclid Avenue in Lexington, Kentucky. Hours are noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday; closed Mondays and University holidays.