Literary Reading, Performance Art With Author/Artist Warren Lehrer

Author and artist Warren Lehrer will give a multi-media performance of his newest, illuminated novel with actress/artist Judith Sloan on Thursday, Jan. 30 at the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase.
Author and artist Warren Lehrer will give a multi-media performance of his newest, illuminated novel with actress/artist Judith Sloan on Thursday, Jan. 30 at the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase.


Multi-Media Performance Based on Lehrer’s New Illuminated Novel: A Life in Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley

Writer, designer, and Purchase College School of Art+Design professor Warren Lehrer will present a lively, out-of-the box, multi-media program on Thursday, January 30, at 5 pm at the Neuberger Museum of Art based on his latest work, A Life in Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley. His hilarious performance with actress/author Judith Sloan, includes video and animation that brilliantly illustrates the story of the book’s fictional protagonist, Bleu Mobley, a best-selling and controversial author, who, during one long gloomy night in his prison cell (he is an unindicted prisoner), looks back over his 50-year career as a journalist, bestselling author, college professor, and pop-culture pundit. The novel itself contains 101 books, which cover nearly every literary genre and historical period over the span of Mobley’s lifetime. It celebrates the creative process, with its mysteries and contradictions, and provides cultural commentary along the way – “part fictional memoir, part artist retrospective,” says Lehrer.


In his presentation, Lehrer will give an overview of Mobley’s life, illustrating it with Mobley’s book designs, book-like objects, animations and video performances, in an event that “fuses art and literature, prose and design, into a multi-media presentation unlike any other.” It will also explore how life events can influence an artist’s work (and vice versa); the future of the written word, reading and writing, and the lines that separate truth, myth, and fiction.


Warren Lehrer has been writing and designing books for more than 30 years, but A Life in Books is his first novel. Known as a pioneer in the fields of visual literature and design, he has garnered many awards for his books and multimedia projects including: the Brendan Gill Prize, Innovative Use of Archives Award, AIGA Book awards, The International Book Design Award, and grants and fellowships from the NEA, NYSCA, NYFA, Georges Pompidou Centre, MoMA, among many others. A complete online press kit is available at: www.alifeinbooks.net.


In Warren Lehrer's books, words take on thought's every form, bringing sensory experience to the reader as directly as ink on paper can allow. [Once] considered too far ahead of his time...now the times are beginning to catch up to him."—Julie Lasky, The New York Times Book Review


Literary Reading and Performance Art

Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY

735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, New York

January 30, 2014

4:30 p.m. Reception with Warren Lehrer

5:00 p.m. Performance/reading, Q&A

Free with museum admission



The Neuberger Museum of Art is an integral part of Purchase College, State University of New York. The Museum is supported in part by the State University of New York. Support for the Museum’s collection, exhibitions, publications, and education programs is provided by grants from public and private agencies, individual contributions, and the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art’s members and Board.


The Museum is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase, New York (Westchester).




Museum Hours

Tuesday through Sunday, 12 noon to 5 pm

Closed Mondays and major holidays

Group tours by appointment only on Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 am to 12 noon  

For persons with special needs, designated parking is available at the south end

of the Museum building. Call ahead for wheelchair accommodations.


Walk-in Public Tours

Tuesday–Friday, Gallery Talk, 1 pm

Sunday, Topic Tour, 2 pm

Sunday, Gallery Talk, 3 pm

Gallery talks offer fresh insights into the Museum’s special exhibitions and permanent collection, while Topic Tours explore different aspects of the permanent collection.


Museum Store                                                                                                      

Open during Museum hours. The store features a broad selection of art books,

art cards, handcrafted jewelry, children's items and one-of-a-kind limited edition gifts.



$5.00 General Public

$3.00 Seniors

Free admission for Museum members, children 12 and under, and Purchase College students, faculty, and staff



The Neuberger Museum of Art is easily accessible by car or bus, and may also be reached by Metro-North. By car: From the North or South - take the Hutchinson River Parkway to Exit 28. Head north on Lincoln Avenue to Anderson Hill Road. Turn right onto Anderson Hill Road. Left at first traffic light into Purchase College campus. From 684 - take Exit 2 South on Route 120 to Anderson Hill Road. Turn left onto Anderson Hill to 2nd traffic light. Turn left at Purchase College campus.  From the East - take Route 287 (Cross Westchester Expressway) to Exit 8E. Take second left over Expressway onto Anderson Hill Road. Follow signs to SUNY Purchase.


Handicap Parking

On the Purchase College campus, park in Parking Lot #1 and proceed to the underpass at the Performing Arts Center. The handicap elevator is located across from the entrance to the Performing Arts Center. Take the elevator to the second level, then exit to the left. The entrance to the museum is located diagonally across, about a city block away.

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