An Evening of Performances!


“There is a kind of humility developed over time in living and working in Queens — it keeps us grounded. This is our home. Much of the material we are going to share grew out of our experiences living here.” – Judith Sloan

Join us for an evening with multimedia artists Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan

Friday, December 6,  7pm – 9pm

Queens Council on the Arts
37-11 35th Ave, Entrance on 37th Street
Astoria, NY 11101

Admission $5

Warren Lehrer will present a performance/reading of his new book A Life In Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobleyan 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 this funny and thought provoking performance, Lehrer presents an overview of Bleu Mobley’s life in books via many of Mobley’s cover designs and other biographical materials including animations, and video performances of Mobley book excerpts by the band BETTY, 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, grapples with the future of the book as a medium as well as the lines that separate and blur truth, myth, and fiction.
Judith Sloan  performs excerpts from her work in progress YOMISS! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide. Fusing the art of theatre, radio, and poetry, the performance is an account of one artist navigating a maze of miscommunications and memories, while breaking down assumptions that divide residents of a city who live in close proximity but come from conflicting worlds.

A discussion about their process and a Q&A between the artists and audience will follow.

Sloan says, “While it is widely known at this point that Queens has become the most diverse place in the United States, it is not always the easiest borough to navigate through. As artists who navigate many worlds within our own communities and travel with our work to other cities, states, & continents, there is a kind of humility developed over time in living and working in Queens — it keeps us grounded. We live here. This is our home. And much of the material we are going to share at the new space at the Queens Council on the Arts, grew out of our experiences living here.”


Judith Sloan is an actor, audio artist, writer, radio producer, educator and poet whose work combines humor, pathos and a love of the absurd. Her commentaries, plays, poetry and documentaries have aired on NPR, WNYC, WBEZ Chicago, PRI, BBC, and stations nationwide. Her theater work has been produced throughout the U.S. and abroad including: LaMama E.T.C, The PublicTheatre, The Theatre Workshop (Edinburgh, Scotland), The Smithsonian Institution, the Market Theatre (Johannesburg, SA), etc. Sloan is a member of the adjunct faculty at Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU and is the founder and director of EarSay’s Youth Voices program in partnership with the International High School at LaGuardia Community College. Learn more about their work here.

Warren Lehrer is a writer and designer, acclaimed for capturing the shape of thought and reuniting the traditions of storytelling with the printed page. Known internationally as a pioneer in the fields of visual literature and design authorship, he has received many awards for his books and multimedia projects, including the Brendan Gill Prize, the Innovative Use of Archives Award, three AIGA Book Awards, two Type Director’s Club awards, the International Book Design Award, among others. He is a professor at Purchase College, SUNY, and a founding faculty member of the Designer As Author grad program at SVA.

3rd Space is a series of monthly events that invites local artists to host events to build strong and vibrant artist networks and to creatively lead the continuing transformation of the borough’s cultural economy. Artists in Queens now have a unique independent creative space where the artistic and cultural communities in the borough can come together to talk shop, attend workshops, network and share their works in progress in the 3rd Space at the Queens Council on the Arts.

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