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Harlem Celebrates Calling: Bayard Rustin the Outsider

ghislaine sabiti

Jul 2012

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August 6, 2019
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Harlem Celebrates Calling: Bayard Rustin the Outsider. The Solo exhibition will open on August 8th 2019, and be on view through August 10th, 2019 at the El Teatro of El Museo Del Barrio by Ghislaine Sabiti.

Ghislaine Sabiti is an interdisciplinary visual artist and a costume designer. The New Body of work is from a fascinating exploration of Sabiti’s symbiotic relationship with the uptown New York Spanish Harlem, West Harlem community and Bayard Rustin, which is engaged with political issues and social justice issues. Ghislaine Sabiti used the new musical and a book by Richard Allen entitle Bayard to create an intimate series of paintings in which Sabiti documented everyday uptown Harlem residents. She also painted, with the same attention to expression, posture, and mood regarding the political and social justice issues that there are face everyday through the shadow of Bayard Rustin, the pioneer of the civil rights movement. Ghislaine Sabiti worked with the uptown New York community for many years painting the youth, neighbors, dancers, artists and residents from Spanish Harlem and West Harlem with their unique force of creativity and boldness.

Ghislaine Sabiti started this series paintings during her residency at the Marcel Breuer House at Pocantico and added her new Technique of embroidery with glass bead from the Urban Glass. Each of Sabiti’s subjects gets the same humanizing treatment. She uses bold color and expressive brush strokes with embroideries and glass beads to demonstrate the force and vibrancy of the uptown community.

Bayard Rustin is acknowledged by historians as one of the two or three most pivotal civil rights leaders of the 1960s. He is widely recognized as the architect of the 1963 March on Washington. however, for decades, this great leader, who was often at Dr. King’s side, has been denied his rightful place in history because he was openly gay. Even today, Bayard Rustin’s legacy remains in the shadows. BAYARD will afford proper, long neglected and deserved, recognition of a singular, positive force in our struggle for social justice in America. Rustin, who until this time had always been the “wizard behind the wall “working in the deepest shadows of the movement is now about to be thrust into the spotlight, a perilous place for an openly gay Black man in the Sixties. In 1963, at the creation of the March for Jobs and Freedom, this paintings tells the story of how this activist and civil rights leader worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and A. Philip Randolph (along with the rest of the “Big Six”) produce a march that would unite the different Civil Rights movements and fend off segregationists.


Harlem Celebrates Calling: Bayard Rustin The Outsider


By Ghislaine Sabiti

Opening reception on Thursday, August 8th, from 5pm to 9pm

Exhibition runs through Saturday, August 10th 2019

Opening hours from 10am to 9:30pm

Artist talk on Friday August 9th and Saturday August 10th at 5:30pm

Free to the public

El Teatro of El Museo Del Barrio

1230 Fifth Avenue (at East 104th St.)

New York, NY 10029

Bayard Musical



Friday, August 9th at 7:00pm
Saturday, August 10th at 7:00pm


El Teatro of El Museo Del Barrio
1230 Fifth Avenue (at East 104th St.)
New York, NY 10029

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