Warren Lehrer wins a 2018 Indigo Design Award in Mix Media/Moving Image for 1001 Voices: A Symphony for a New America. It was one of four recipients given by the prestigious international design competition in the Motion Graphics category. Lehrer’s motion graphics design/expressionist supertitles run throughout the 38 minute work and is an integral component of the multimedia symphony.
This 13 minute excerpt reel is made from the December 2017 performance at the Kupferberg Performing Arts Center. Music Director James John.
1001 Voices: A Symphony for a New America
Composed by Frank London Libretto by Judith Sloan Projections by Warren Lehrer
1001 Voices: a Symphony for a New America is a three-movement symphony/oratorio scored for orchestra, chorus and visual projections. The multimedia work is about migration, transformation, and the search for home. It is a 21st century, musical/poetic expression of the challenges and aspirations of so many of today’s American cities and their inhabitants who hail from many different parts of the globe. It is inspired by stories of immigrants and refugees in Queens, NY—the most ethnically diverse locality in the United States. 1001 Voices serves as an antidote to the poisonous and flattening rhetoric about immigrants and refugees currently dividing the United States and the globe.
A true collaboration, 1001 Voices is composed by Grammy-Award-winning composer, trumpeter, and Klezmatics band member Frank London. The libretto is written by Judith Sloan and the animated projections designed by Warren Lehrer with the assistance of Brandon Campbell.
Originally commissioned and premiered by the Queens Symphony Orchestra, this work can performed by full orchestras and choirs as well as by smaller orchestras and contemporary music ensembles and as few as four vocalists. If you’re interested in the possibility of performing or producing this work or want more information, contact [email protected]
Wednesday April 18, 2018 Warren Lehrer helped launch a new Book Arts program at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, with a keynote performance of A LIFE IN BOOKS: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley. It was a wonderful event.
In his funny, thought provoking performance/reading based on his illuminated novel A LIFE IN BOOKS: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley, Warren presents an overview of his protagonist’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.
A LIFE IN BOOKS: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley is an illuminated novel that contains 101 books within it, all written by Lehrer’s controversial author protagonist who finds himself in prison looking back on his life and career. In his funny, thought provoking performance/reading, Lehrer presents an overview of Mobley’s life in books via many of his book covers, book-like objects, and other biographical materials including animations and video performances of book excerpts.
Lehrer began his performance/reading tour of A LIFE IN BOOKS as Keynote Speaker at NY Art Book Fair at PS1 MoMA and has since presented it at over 50 venues throughout the U.S. and Canada, including: Carnegie Mellon University, Yale University Art Museum, Neuberger Museum of Art, San Francisco State University, Art Institute of Chicago, Boston Art Institute, VCU (Virginia Commonweath University), NYU, University of Minnesota, University of Memphis, University of Florida, Scripps College, Rutgers University, University of Texas/Houston, University of Arizona (Tucson), SUNY Purchase, SUNY Brockport, NSCADU, Haystack Mountain School of Arts, Halifax Central Public Library, Visual Studies Workshop, Center for Book Arts (NY), Minnesota Center for Book Arts, &Now Festival, Brooklyn Book Festival, Ko Festival, Miami Book Fair, Queens Council on the Arts, College Book Art Association (CBAA) Conference, The Greene Space @WNYC, Central Booking. . .
September 2017. 1001 Voices: An Anthem for a New America
Installation of a new panoramic window installation of visual poetry at CUNY School of Law, LIC, NY.
A presentation of The Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice.
The poem—written by Judith Sloan, visualized by Warren Lehrer for street-level windows at 2 Court Square—portrays a message of welcome and inclusion as it celebrates the Law School’s mission: “law in the service of human needs.” This installation is part of The Sorensen Center’s Justice Through Art Initiative, a collaboration between CUNY Law’s community and artists in order to bring new perspectives and depth to social justice issues and legal challenges. At a time when “Sanctuary Cities” like New York are under attack for their efforts to protect immigrants and asylum seekers, this public work—located across from the Court Square subway station on a bustling street in the most diverse county in America—sheds the light of poetry and art on a national crisis that is dividing the country and calling into question the meaning of the “American Dream.”
Lehrer’s panoramic design sets discrete phrases within the poem into their own panels—through typography, photography, color, shape, metaphor. Lehrer describes, “I want viewers to experience the wordscapes as a field and as single panels in whatever direction they/you/we may be heading.” Each of the 17, six-and-a-half foot wide panels float within a street level window. The panels are double-sided, enabling viewers to interact with the poem inside and outside of the building.
On view now. Come visit the window installation at 2 Court Square, LIC, NY 11101. Across from the Citibank building at the Courthouse Square subway: M, E, G, 7 train.
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Warren Lehrer and Dennis J. Bernstein completed the manuscript of Five Oceans in a Teaspoon. The collection of 225 visual poems—written by Bernstein, composed for the page by Lehrer—is divided into eight thematic movements: Lake Childhood; Tracings; Subtractions and Addictions; Front Lines; Dream Central; On the Streets, Under Lock’N Key; He and She; Growing Down.
As is the case with his muckraking journalism, Dennis Bernstein’s poems come from the struggle of every day people to survive in the face of war, human rights violations, poverty, and the daily humiliations and graces of family and work, or the lack thereof. For Five Oceans in a Teaspoon, Lehrer went through thousands of short poems written by Bernstein over the past four decades, selecting the ones he was most interested in working with. Once chosen, he let each poem lead him to a [typographic] composition. Together, the writing and visual composition form a new whole, the result of many back and forths between the longtime collaborators. Two years in the making, Five Oceans speaks to the madness, vulnerability, aspirations and language of our time. The completed manuscript is now ‘being shopped.’ Publisher and pub date To Be Announced.
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