Join us on Thursday, December 1st at 5:30pm PT when we celebrate Gabriela Hasbun's book, The New Black West, at The Ruby!
Presented by The Ruby and Green Apple Books
This event is free to attend, but please RSVP at the link below
About the Event
Join us on Thursday, December 1st at 5:30 pm when we celebrate the release of Gabriela Hasbun's book, The New Black West: Photographs from America's Only Touring Black Rodeo!
Entry is free, but please RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/.../gabriela-hasbun-the-new
Or purchase a ticket that includes entry and a copy of The New Black West.
Proof of vaccination is required. Masks are strongly encouraged.
Event Start: 6:00pm
Join us for themed cocktails, dancing, and celebration! Don't forget to bring your hat and cowboy boots!
Please see our FAQ below for further details.
About The New Black West
Featuring stunning full-color photographs by Gabriela Hasbun, The New Black West celebrates the modern Black cowboys of the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo and the community that comes together to witness their achievements year after year.
A powerful symbol of self-reliance, strength, and determination, the Black cowboy is a figure commonly overlooked in the histories of the American West. Held annually in cities across the United States, the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo (BPIR) honors the historic accomplishments of Black cowboys and fosters a vibrant community dedicated to continuing that legacy. Bay Area photographer Gabriela Hasbun has spent more than a decade photographing this beloved event in the Oakland hills. Her images capture the joy and excitement of performers and audience members, showcasing the daring feats, spectacular outfits, and welcoming atmosphere that make the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo an unmissable experience. In addition to Hasbun's photographs, The New Black West features quotes and stories from the cowboys themselves and a foreword from the Oakland rodeo's regional manager, Jeff Douvel.
About Gabriela Hasbun
As a photographer specializing in portraits, Gabriela Hasbun's work highlights the marginalized and unexplored communities around her. Growing up in El Salvador during a devastating civil war, Hasbun learned the importance of documenting the humanity in people others have overlooked. Her fundamental belief in the radical power of storytelling has led her to subjects like Black cowboys, fat activists, queer skateboarders, and the people of the Mission district in San Francisco. At the heart of her photography is a celebration of the complexities of identity and the human spirit.
If your ticket includes a copy of the book, it will be available upon your arrival at the event. We will have additional copies available for purchase at the event.
Seating will be first come, first serve.
This event will not be livestreamed.
If for whatever reason you are unable to attend but would still like your copy of the book, books will be available for pick up at 1231 9th Ave after the event at no extra charge. If you would like your book shipped, additional charges will apply.
This event will be held at The Ruby in San Francisco's Mission District. For the safety of The Ruby's members, their address is not made public. Attendees will receive the address on the day of the event.
To attend the event, you must purchase a ticket through this Eventbrite page. Purchase of The New Black West made through the bookstore website does not grant entry to the event. However, if you have already purchased a copy, please feel free to RSVP for our entry-only tickets.
The entrance to this event is at street-level with no stairs leading into or out of the venue.
There is only street parking available outside of the venue. Public transportation is encouraged.
When purchasing your ticket, you can select priority seating for those with mobility devices or those with disabilities that necessitate a seat.