Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo

Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo

December 15, 2017 – April 30, 2018

Consisting of 41 black-and-white photographs taken between 1988 and 1992, Blake Little: Photographs of the Gay Rodeo documents the gay rodeo circuit and the lives of many of its participants during those years. The collected body of work not only serves as a stunning example of black-and-white portraiture and rodeo photography, it also explores the diverse and complex natures of individual and community identity in the West.

Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo elegantly combines classic portraiture and rodeo action and informs each image with a complex and rich multicultural identity. Some of the cowboys and cowgirls pictured in these photographs still ride, but many have retired from their rodeo days and some have passed away. Little’s photographs don’t just depict his individual past experiences with the rodeo, they celebrate the lives of rodeo participants and illustrate the collective memory of a vibrant community whose story is part of the Western experience.

Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo is curated by Johanna Blume, assistant curator of Western art at the Eiteljorg Museum, and offered through the courtesy of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, IN.

A Program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and the National Endowment for the Arts

Cutline: Blake Little, Bull Riding, Blake Little, Phoenix, Arizona, 1989, Archival pigment printed on Epson exhibition fiber paper, 13 x 20 inches. © Blake Little

Made possible by

Cascade A&E

Oregon Heritage Commission

With support from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation