Photographs from the Gay Rodeo

September 5, 2020 – February 14, 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

Thank you to our generous sponsors

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Banner Image Above, Blake Little, Bareback Bronc Riding, San Diego, California. 

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and The National Endowment for the Arts