Poet-Scholar Sarah Webster Fabio Exhibit
February 28 – April 23, 2013
Sarah Webster Fabio is a master of the spoken and written word. As a poet she melds Western and non-Western (slang) dialects together to create a defiantly unique type of poetic expression. Moreover, listening to her spoken word recordings set to drums and jazz percussion–on her three Folkway recordings from the 1970s–provokes intense contemplation of, and admiration for, her work.
Over the course of the next two months individuals will be able to experience both sides of Sarah Webster Fabio–through print and through sound and image at the IU Cinema. Beginning Thursday February 28th, an exhibition of Fabio’s poem “Race Results, U.S.A., 1966” along with a set of Fabio’s last published materials, a seven volume series of poems entitled Rainbow Signs, will be on display at IU Cinema.
In conjunction with this exhibition, and as part of the upcoming film series A Change is Gonna Come: Black Revolutionary Poets, Rainbow Black: Poet Sarah W. Fabio, a documentary on Sarah Fabio’s life as a poet and scholar, will premiere for the first time in its newly preserved and restored state at IU Cinema on April 22, 7:00 p.m. This event is the result of over a year of work between the Black Film Center/Archive, Cheryl Fabio–the director of Rainbow Black and the daughter of Sarah Fabio–and Colorlab, a renowned film preservation lab. A Preservation Grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation was awarded to the Black Film Center/Archive in 2012 to fund this preservation project.