Photographs from the Gay Rodeo

September 5, 2020 – January 31, 2021

Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo, explores the diverse and complex nature of individual and community identity in Western rural culture. Taken between 1988 and 1992 at events from Oklahoma to California, the collected body of images combines the action of riding, roping and chute dogging with intimate views into the lives of rodeo participants, examining themes of competition and community and inviting an expansive redefinition of cowboy identities.

“We are proud to host this exhibition celebrating diversity in the West,” said Emily Kapes, Curator at The James Museum. “With so many different perspectives within the Western experience, we see this exhibition as an opportunity to feature the gay community, create dialogue, and inform museum visitors on these little-known competitions. The James Museum strives to be a welcoming and inspiring space for all and to amplify voices that are not often at the forefront of popular culture and mainstream western art.”

Blake Little, Brian Cornell, Hayward, California, 1991.

"The sport, camaraderie, and atmosphere of this first rodeo experience transformed me."

-Blake Little

Virtual member reception

Join us for our first ever virtual member reception to celebrate the opening of Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo. Hosted via Zoom, this exclusive member event will feature remarks from Emily Kapes, Curator of Art and a live talk with Blake Little. Members who join the event from their home in Tampa Bay will receive a special party box. Register by Friday, August 21 to ensure delivery to your home in advance of the event.

Members are invited to get a first look at the new exhibition on Friday, September 4th from 10AM to 5PM before it opens to the public on Saturday.

*When reserving online, please remember to login as your reservations and your guest tickets are directly linked to your account online.
*Each membership level includes a limited number of complimentary reservation tickets for member previews.

Dates and Times

Member Preview
Friday, September 4, 2020
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Member Reception
Friday, September 4, 2020
6:00 PM


FREE for members
Registration open soon!