NEWS AND EVENTS

Wednesday November 14 @2:30 pm 2012
Lehrer and Sloan will present a Crossing the BLVD presentation as part of the Foundation year theme of PROTEST at the School of Art+Design at Purchase College, SUNY
Perception Lab, Room 1016, Visual Arts Building

As immigration policy is hotly debated around the country in terms of national and cultural security, Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America presents the very human stories of why immigrants and refugees have migrated to the U.S. and what their experiences have been since they came here pre- and post-9/11. Lehrer and Sloan will discuss their book, traveling exhibition, animations, audio CD and performance with photographs, sounds and stories and how this cross-platform project uses the tools of contemporary art to create a multimedia experience reflecting the changing face of America.

Winner 2004 Brendan Gill Prize Municipal Art Society of NY

“Immigrant life in Queens, as told in the intimate, rich, comic, ironic and sad stories so often seen but not heard in America’s big cities… Archie Bunker doesn’t live here anymore — not in the Queens of Crossing the Blvd. The first-person narratives are engaging… The stories are so different, and yet many of the immigrants’ lives are so similar… What links them all is the desperation and desire that brought them here. As one immigrant says in Crossing the BLVD, ‘America can do without you, but you can’t do without America’.” The Washington Post Lynne Duke.

Crossing the BLVD is a powerful social record… Most of the subjects live in Queens, but their stories resonate far beyond the borders of this multicultural New York borough. What often gets lost in the national debate on immigration is the human dimension, an understanding of the lives of those people who give up everything to come here. Crossing the BLVD lets them tell their stories… We see the subjects’ faces in the photographs, hear their voices, and enter into their lives through cherished mementos they have carried from home to home… Extraordinary stories… a living work of art.” The New York Times Benjamin Genocchio

“Crossing the BLVD boldly carries the tradition of oral history into the 21st Century. Electrifying!”Eve Ensler, author The Vagina Monologues

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EVENTS
Judith Sloan, Upcoming Performances and Workshops

Wednesday, April 23, 7 pm , YO MISS!, Joe’s Pub, Public Theatre, NY, NY

Judith Sloan is an actor, audio artist, writer, radio producer, human rights activist, educator and poet whose work combines humor, pathos and a love of the absurd. For over twenty years, Sloan has been producing and presenting interdisciplinary works in audio and theater, portraying voices often ignored by the mass media. She will be performing YO MISS! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide and Crossing the BLVD in March, April and beyond.

In Sloan’s performance at Joe’s Pub on April 23d, she will be joined by Grammy winning trumpeter Frank London, along with Deep Singh on tablas, Lynn Ligammari on sax, Miwi LaLupa on bass and Joell Jackson acting and beat/boxing.

A world view that sees comedy and tragedy as two bones of the same skeleton in the closet. Superb!.”
The Scotsman (Scotland’s National Newspaper) Sara O’Sullivan (London)

“Funny and sad, topical and biting… Exquisite comic timing  best of all, Sloan can make you see your world in a slightly different way. And that’s what theater is supposed to do.” The Indianapolis Star

“In listening to what people have to say, Judith Sloan captures the essence of their lives…She is one part Studs Terkel, one part Lily Tomlin, two-parts originality.”
The Herald Bloomington, Indiana

 

 

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A LIFE IN BOOKS: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley

March 14, 8pm LaGuardia Performing Arts Center Performance Queens, NY
March 27 Roger Williams College Performance/Lecture + Workshop Bristol, Rhode Island
March 27 AIGA, Providence Performance/Lecture Providence, RI
April 7, 4-6pm Rutgers University Performance/Reading + Panel Newark, NJ
April 17, 6pm NYU Bookstore Performance/Reading New York, NY
May 9, Center for Book Arts Performance/Reading New York, NY
July 29, 7 pm, GSA Summer Speaker Series Performance/Reading Blue Hill, ME

 

A LIFE IN BOOKSThe Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley is an illuminated novel that contains 101 books within it, all written by a controversial author who finds himself in prison looking back on his life and career. In his funny, thought provoking performance/readings, Warren Lehrer presents an overview of Bleu Mobley’s Life in Books via many of Mobley’s book cover designs, book-like objects, and other biographical materials including animations and video performances of Mobley book excerpts by the band BETTY and actress/poet La Bruja. The resulting retrospective explores the creative process of a writer/artist, as it reflects upon a half century of American/global events, and grapples with the future of the book as a medium, and the lines that separate and blur truth, myth, and fiction.

In A Life In Books, Bleu Mobley’s autobiography/apologia is paired with a review of all 101 of his books, each represented by its first-edition cover design and catalog copy, and more than a third of his books are excerpted. The resulting retrospective contrasts the published writings (which read like short stories) with the confessional memoir, forming a most unusual portrait of a well-intentioned, obsessively inventive (if ethically challenged) visionary.

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“An ingenious, one-of-kind novel.” Kurt Andersen, STUDIO 360

“A profound commentary… A Life In Books is brilliant, beautiful, delicious for eyes and mind.” Andrei Codrescu, public radio commentator

“A vivid kaleidoscopic odyssey that frames one man’s life through not one, but one hundred different books—and book jackets.”
Jessica Helfand, founding editor DESIGN OBSERVER

“In the era of cookie-cutter books and rubber-stamped stories, Warren Lehrer’s A Life in Books is fresh, original, idiosyncratic, beautiful, and important.” Rabih Alameddine, author of Hakawati, and I, the Divine

“A meticulously illustrated chronicle… Lehrer’s 101 cover designs for Mobley’s books are pitch perfect…. And like the best film title sequences, which establish moods or introduce plotlines, these fictional covers are vehicles by which Lehrer illuminates Mobley’s sad tale of success and failure.” Steven Heller, THE ATLANTIC

“A typographical and design tour de force.” Ellen Shapiro, PRINT MAGAZINE

“In scope, execution and ambition, A Life In Books is an extraordinary book.” Lucy Sisman, WWWORD

“The coolest book ever.” DESIGNERS AND BOOKS

“A gorgeously produced multi-color “novel,” A Life In Books is a brilliant meditation on the state of publishing in the 21st Century… I can’t think of a better gift.” Tsiviah Huttner, SECOND CITY TZIVI

“A genre-defying night that fuses art and literature, prose and design into a multi-media presentation unlike any other.” Skylight Books.

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Scripps College Performance/Reading + Workshop Claremont, CA
EarSay Youth Voices / Transforming Trauma Into Art

Transforming Trauma Into Art
is an EarSay initiative, created and directed by Judith Sloan, born out of our partnership with the International High School at LaGuardia Community College where many teenagers have emigrated to the U.S. from war-zones and conflict-zones. The premise of this workshop is based on healing through artistic expression using a combination of music, movement, theatre and storytelling. This process helps release the stories and stressors that prevent people—who have been traumatized by war, economic or natural disasters—from moving forward. This program brings an understanding of confronting obstacles through artistic expression to communities that are poor, displaced, or don’t have access to artistic training, serving approximately 450 students. The project grows out of our commitment to creating artistic works that evolve out of individual experience and community. In this case, the community is immigrant and refugee teenagers attending school in New York City. At a time of war, global tension, and polarization, our program encourages a depth of scholarship and storytelling that shapes the experience of the participants, giving them tools to make connections between cultures, shed light on the complexity and humanity of each individual, and deepen what it means or could mean to be part of a global community.

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Video: About the History of the Project

Globalization: Preventing the Sameness of the World NEW ANIMATION

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This video, directed and animated by Warren Lehrer with Brandon Campbell, features the words of Eugene Hütz—leader of the gypsy-punk-cabaret band Gogol Bordello—sharing his views on ‘globalization’ and putting forward an alternative vision of what he calls “multi-kontra-culture.” This animation, with sound production and arrangement by Judith Sloan, is the newest manifestation of Lehrer/Sloan’s multi-media project, Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America, which documents and portrays new immigrants and refugees in the United States.


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PROJECTS
1001 Voices: A new symphony / with Music by Frank London, Libretto by Judith Sloan, Visual Animations by Warren Lehrer

Over 800 people of all ages and backgrounds attended the world premier on April 29th, 2012


Music composed by Frank London
Libretto by Judith Sloan
Visuals by Warren Lehrer with Brandon Campbell

Premiered by the Queens Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos, Queens Symphony Orchestra music director
Performed by full orchestra and a 190-voice chorus comprised of the Queens College Choral Society and Queens College Choir, James John, Music Director
Featured Tabla Soloist Deep Singh
Spoken word performed by Judith Sloan in English with additional translations in Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Arabic by Dailyn Despradel, Krussia, Haojie Huang, and Catherine Hanna.

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