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Walter Mosley-Alien Script Exhibit

Institute of African American Affairs

New York University


Alien Script

An art exhibit by Walter Mosley

June 10—August 1, 2013


An outdoor series of 18 large-scale drawings from Walter Mosley’s sketchbooks

displayed at the NYU/Kimmel Center Windows Gallery.



Monday, June 17th, 6:00 pm - OPENING RECEPTION 

at Kimmel Center-NYU, 60 Washington Square South, Rm 914, New York, NY  10012

Please rsvp at (212) 998-4222

“This Alien Script has become my bid for art, my exploration in the language(s) of line, form, and color; unruly textures and songs of dark and light.” — Walter Mosley

“With this exhibition, for the first time, Walter Mosley opens a window on his Monde Imaginaire and invites us to share unknown stories and meet with new characters. Whether we see Walter Mosley’s drawings as chronicles, short stories, novels, or scripts for a science fiction film, they constitute an unlimited corpus of artwork.” — Lydie Diakhaté, curator

Walter Mosley is one of the most versatile and admired writers in America today. He is the author of more than 37 critically acclaimed books, including Devil in a Blue Dress which has been translated in 20 languages. In “Alien Script” a whole magical world is discovered where lines come alive and become roads that lead to streams and fantastic landscapes where strange creatures roam.  The viewer embarks on an incredible journey where she/he comes across gladiators of the space, dancers, masters in martial arts, primordial animals, extraterrestrials creatures, or timeless forms. These drawings create their own graphemes and grammars, with boundless significations, and subconscious connotations revealing dimensions of doubling and de-doubling between handwriting and language. That language is inclusive where gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or other stereotypes are not yet fixed, or cast in a stereotypical category. The eighteen images displayed in this exhibit were selected from nine of Walter Mosley’s notebooks and are accompanied by the first paragraph of Devil in the Blue Dress in nine different languages.



(photo credit: Marcia Wilson)

About the Artist:

Walter Mosley’s more than 37 critically acclaimed books, include the major bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. In his most recent, Twelve Steps to Political Revelation (2011), Mosley outlines a guide to recovery from oppression. First we must identify the problems that surround us. Next we must actively work together to create a just, more holistic society. And finally, power must be returned to the embrace of the people. His work has been translated into 23 languages and includes literary fiction, science fiction, political monographs, and a young adult novel. His short fiction has been widely published, and his nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and The Nation, among other publications. He is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.