• Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo

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    January 07, 2019
    The Latah County Historical Society and University of Idaho are pleased to announce the local exhibition of Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo, opening with a reception and gallery talk on Tuesday, February 5th from 4 to 6pm at the University of Idaho Library.  
     
    Experience the grit, determination, and tumbles of the gay rodeo circuit with this exhibition of photographs that explore a time-honored American tradition. Rendering the story in classic black-and-white imagery, Blake Little captures scenes of camaraderie, identity, and sport in an expansive redefinition of what a cowboy can be. Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo opens in early February at the University of Idaho Library.
     
    Consisting of 41 black and white photographs taken by Blake Little between 1988 and 1992, Photographs from the Gay Rodeo documents the gay rodeo circuit and the lives of many of its participants in those years. The collected body of work not only serves as a stunning example of black and white portraiture and of 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 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. 
     
    The exhibition’s run in Moscow is coordinated by the Latah County Historical Society and the University of Idaho Library. Additional sponsors of the show include PFLAG Moscow, the University of Idaho LGBTQA Office, Moscow Human Rights Commission, Latah County Human Rights Task Force, Appearances Marketing & Promotion, One World Cafe, and a number of private donors.
     
    Exhibition: Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo
    Host Organization: Latah County Historical Society and University of Idaho Library
    Runs: February 4 – April 30, 2019
    Location: University of Idaho Library
    Admission: free
    Contact: Dulce Kersting-Lark (LCHS) 208.882.1004, dkersting@latah.id.us
                   Ashlyn Velte (UI Library) 208.885.1545, avelte@uidaho.edu
     
    Complimentary programs will include a presentation a gallery talk on the creation of the exhibit on February 5th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. In April University of Idaho professor and historian Rebecca Scofield, an expert on the history of gay rodeo, will offer a free presentation for the public, and this spring the documentary Queens & Cowboys: A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo will be shown.