University of Houston–Downtown presents Warren Lehrer: A Life in Books: A Bleu Mobley Retrospective opening reception
This exhibition is based on Warren Lehrer’s award-winning book, A Life in Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley. The illuminated novel contains 101 books within it, all written by Lehrer’s protagonist, Bleu Mobley, who finds himself in prison looking back on his life and career.
The exhibition presents itself as a retrospective of Bleu Mobley’s life’s work and includes all “first edition” cover designs of Mobley’s 101+ books accompanied by their “original” catalog descriptions, select interior pages, book-like objects, animations and video performances of book excerpts (by the band BETTY, actress/poet La Bruja, and beatbox artist Chesney Snow), and reproductions of books Mobley “composed” as a boy in the letterpress shop of his junior high school.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through April 23.